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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.

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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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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