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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 IoT Update – Better Value with New Pricing Model

Our customers are using to make their connected devices more intelligent. These devices collect & measure data in the field (below the ground, in the air, in the water, on factory floors and in hospital rooms) and use as their gateway to the . Once connected to the cloud, customers can write device data to […]

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New – Interactive AWS Cost Explorer API

We launched the AWS Cost Explorer a couple of years ago in order to allow you to track, allocate, and manage your AWS costs. The response to that launch, and to additions that we have made since then, has been very positive. However our customers are, as Jeff Bezos has said, “beautifully, wonderfully, dissatisfied.” I […]

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Amazon QuickSight Update – Geospatial Visualization, Private VPC Access, and More

We don’t often recognize or celebrate anniversaries at AWS. With nearly 100 services on our list, we’d be eating cake and drinking champagne several times a week. While that might sound like fun, we’d rather spend our working hours listening to customers and innovating. With that said, has now been generally available for a little […]

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Amazon EC2 Update – X1e Instances in Five More Sizes and a Stronger SLA

Earlier this year we launched the x1e.32xlarge instances in four AWS Regions with 4 TB of memory. Today, two months after that launch, customers are using these instances to run high-performance relational and NoSQL databases, in-memory databases, and other enterprise applications that are able to take advantage of large amounts of memory. Five More Sizes […]

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Amazon ElastiCache Update – Online Resizing for Redis Clusters

Amazon Elasticache makes it easy to for you to set up a fast, in-memory data store and cache. With support for the two most popular open source offerings (Redis and Memcached), ElastiCache supports the demanding needs of game leaderboards, in-memory analytics, and large-scale messaging.

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New Amazon S3 Encryption & Security Features

Back in 2006, when I announced S3, I wrote ” Further, each block is protected by an ACL (Access Control List) allowing the developer to keep the data private, share it for reading, or share it for reading and writing, as desired.” Starting from that initial model, with private buckets and ACLs to grant access, […]

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EC2 Convertible Reserved Instance Update – New 1-Year CRI, Merges & Splits

We launched Convertible Reserved Instances for EC2 just about a year ago. The Convertible RIs give you a significant discount (typically 54% when compared to On-Demand) and allow you to change the instance family and other parameters associated with the RI if your needs change. Today we are introducing Convertible RIs with a 1-year term, […]

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AWS Price List API Update – New Query and Metadata Functions

The original AWS Price List API, as described in New – AWS Price List API, gave you access to prices in JSON and CSV form by way of structured URLs. While this worked well for some types of cost management tools, the size and complexity of the files made them difficult to download and tedious […]

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Now Available – Compute-Intensive C5 Instances for Amazon EC2

I’m thrilled to announce that the new compute-intensive C5 instances are available today in six sizes for launch in three AWS regions! These instances are designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding. The new instances offer a 25% price/performance improvement over […]

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New – AWS Direct Connect Gateway – Inter-Region VPC Access

As I was preparing to write this post, I took a nostalgic look at the blog post I wrote when we launched back in 2012. We created Direct Connect after our enterprise customers asked us to allow them to establish dedicated connections to an AWS Region in pursuit of enhanced privacy, additional data transfer bandwidth, […]

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