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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.

Give Your WordPress Blog a Voice With Our New Amazon Polly Plugin

I first told you about in late 2016 in my post Amazon Polly – Text to Speech in 47 Voices and 24 Languages. After that launch, we added support for Korean, five new voices, and made Polly available in all Regions in the aws partition. We also added whispering, speech marks, a timbre effect, and […]

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New AWS Developer Training in Collaboration with edX.org

I recently heard my manager (Ariel Kelman, VP of Marketing for AWS) talk about the important role that education plays in our work. In fact, he assigned it a significantly higher priority than traditional marketing activities that focus on leads or conversions. I’ve also heard our other leaders talk about their work to create highly […]

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The Floodgates Are Open – Increased Network Bandwidth for EC2 Instances

I hope that you have configured your AMIs and your current-generation EC2 instances to use the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) that I told you about back in mid-2016. The ENA gives you high throughput and low latency, while minimizing the load on the host processor. It is designed to work well in the presence of […]

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New – Inter-Region VPC Peering

Updated (March 2018) — For updated AWS Regions this service is available in, please read this post. I’m still catching up with the last couple of launches! Today I would like to tell you about inter-region VPC peering. You have been able to create peering connections between Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) in the same AWS Region […]

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Recent EC2 Goodies – Launch Templates and Spread Placement

We launched some important new EC2 instance types and features at . I’ve already told you about the M5, H1, T2 Unlimited and Bare Metal instances, and about Spot features such as Hibernation and the New Pricing Model. Randall told you about the Amazon Time Sync Service. Today I would like to tell you about […]

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New AWS Auto Scaling – Unified Scaling For Your Cloud Applications

I’ve been talking about scalability for servers and other cloud resources for a very long time! Back in 2006, I wrote “This is the new world of scalable, on-demand web services. Pay for what you need and use, and not a byte more.” Shortly after we launched , we made it easy for you to […]

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Now Open – Third AWS Availability Zone in London

We expand AWS by picking a geographic area (which we call a Region) and then building multiple, isolated Availability Zones in that area. Each Availability Zone (AZ) has multiple Internet connections and power connections to multiple grids. Today I am happy to announce that we are opening our 50th AWS Availability Zone, with the addition […]

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AWS IoT, Greengrass, and Machine Learning for Connected Vehicles at CES

Last week I attended a talk given by Bryan Mistele, president of Seattle-based INRIX. Bryan’s talk provided a glimpse into the future of transportation, centering around four principle attributes, often abbreviated as ACES: Autonomous – Cars and trucks are gaining the ability to scan and to make sense of their environments and to navigate without […]

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AWS Direct Connect Update – Ten New Locations Added in Late 2017

Happy 2018! I am looking forward to getting back to my usual routine, working with our teams to learn about their upcoming launches and then writing blog posts to bring the news to you. Right now I am still catching up on a few launches and announcements from late 2017. First on the list for […]

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AWS Training & Certification Update – Free Digital Training + Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

We recently made some updates to AWS Training and Certification to make it easier for you to build your cloud skills and to learn about many of the new services that we launched at . Free AWS Digital Training You can now find over 100 new digital training classes at aws.training, all with unlimited access […]

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