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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.

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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98, 99, 100 CloudFront Points of Presence!

Nine years ago I showed you how you could Distribute Your Content with Amazon CloudFront. We launched CloudFront in 2008 with 14 Points of Presence and have been expanding rapidly ever since. Today I am pleased to announce the opening of our 100th Point of Presence, the fifth one in Tokyo and the sixth in […]

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AWS HIPAA Eligibility Update (October 2017) – Sixteen Additional Services

Our Health Customer Stories page lists just a few of the many customers that are building and running healthcare and life sciences applications that run on AWS. Customers like Verge Health, Care Cloud, and Orion Health trust AWS with Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifying Information (PII) as part of their efforts to comply […]

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New – Amazon EC2 Instances with Up to 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs (P3)

Driven by customer demand and made possible by on-going advances in the state-of-the-art, we’ve come a long way since the original m1.small instance that we launched in 2006, with instances that emphasize compute power, burstable performance, memory size, local storage, and accelerated computing. The New P3 Today we are making the next generation of GPU-powered […]

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Now Available – Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility

Late last year I told you about our plans to add PostgreSQL compatibility to . We launched the private beta shortly after that announcement, and followed it up earlier this year with an open preview. We’ve received lots of great feedback during the beta and the preview and have done our best to make sure […]

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Introducing Cost Allocation Tags for Amazon SQS

You have long had the ability to tag your AWS resources and to see cost breakouts on a per-tag basis. Cost allocation was launched in 2012 (see AWS Cost Allocation for Customer Bills) and we have steadily added support for additional services, most recently DynamoDB (Introducing Cost Allocation Tags for Amazon DynamoDB), Lambda (AWS Lambda […]

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Getting Ready for AWS re:Invent 2017

With just 40 days remaining before begins, my colleagues and I want to share some tips that will help you to make the most of your time in Las Vegas. As always, our focus is on training and education, mixed in with some after-hours fun and recreation for balance. Locations, Locations, Locations The re:Invent Campus […]

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Amazon Lightsail Update – Launch and Manage Windows Virtual Private Servers

I first told you about last year in my blog post, Amazon Lightsail – the Power of AWS, the Simplicity of a VPS. Since last year’s launch, thousands of customers have used Lightsail to get started with AWS, launching Linux-based Virtual Private Servers. Today we are adding support for Windows-based Virtual Private Servers. You can […]

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Now Available – Microsoft SQL Server 2017 for Amazon EC2

Microsoft SQL Server 2017 (launched just a few days ago) includes lots of powerful new features including support for graph databases, automatic database tuning, and the ability to create clusterless Always On Availability Groups. It can also be run on Linux and in Docker containers. Run on EC2 I’m happy to announce that you can […]

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