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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 – EBS Direct APIs – Programmatic Access to EBS Snapshot Content

EBS Snapshots are really cool! You can create them interactively from the AWS Management Console: You can create them from the Command Line (create-snapshot) or by making a call to the CreateSnapshot function, and you can use the Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) to set up automated snapshot management. All About Snapshots The snapshots are stored […]

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Amazon EC2 Update – Inf1 Instances with AWS Inferentia Chips for High Performance Cost-Effective Inferencing

Our customers are taking to Machine Learning in a big way. They are running many different types of workloads, including object detection, speech recognition, natural language processing, personalization, and fraud detection. When running on large-scale production workloads, it is essential that they can perform inferencing as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. According to what […]

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AWS Now Available from a Local Zone in Los Angeles

AWS customers are always asking for more features, more bandwidth, more compute power, and more memory, while also asking for lower latency and lower prices. We do our best to meet these competing demands: we launch new EC2 instance types, EBS volume types, and S3 storage classes at a rapid pace, and we also reduce […]

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Amazon Redshift Update – Next-Generation Compute Instances and Managed, Analytics-Optimized Storage

We launched Amazon Redshift back in 2012 (Amazon Redshift – The New AWS Data Warehouse). With tens of thousands of customers, it is now the world’s most popular data warehouse. Our customers enjoy consistently fast performance, support for complex queries, and transactional capabilities, all with industry-leading price-performance. The original Redshift model establishes a fairly rigid […]

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Coming Soon – Graviton2-Powered General Purpose, Compute-Optimized, & Memory-Optimized EC2 Instances

We launched the first generation (A1) of Arm-based, Graviton-powered EC2 instances at re:Invent 2018. Since that launch, thousands of our customers have used them to run many different types of scale-out workloads including containerized microservices, web servers, and data/log processing. The Operating System Vendors (OSV) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) communities have been quick to […]

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Amazon Braket – Get Started with Quantum Computing

Nearly a decade ago I wrote about the Quantum Compute Cloud on April Fool’s Day. The future has arrived and you now have the opportunity to write quantum algorithms and to run them on actual quantum computers. Here’s what we are announcing today: Amazon Braket – A fully managed service that allows scientists, researchers, and […]

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AWS Launches & Previews at re:Invent 2019 – Sunday, December 1st

Here’s a summary of the launches and previews that were announced at Midnight Madness! Launches AWS DeepRacer Update – New Features & New Racing Opportunities. AWS DeepComposer – Compose Music with Generative Machine Learning Models. Amazon Transcribe Medical – Real-Time Automatic Speech Recognition for Healthcare Customers. A New, Simplified, Bring-Your-Own-License Experience for Microsoft Windows Server. […]

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AWS Load Balancer Update – Lots of New Features for You!

The AWS Application Load Balancer (ALB) and Network Load Balancer (NLB) are important parts of any highly available and scalable system. Today I am happy to share a healthy list of new features for ALB and NLB, all driven by customer requests. Here’s what I have: Weighted Target Groups for ALB Least Outstanding Requests for […]

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