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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 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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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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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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