Friday 30 December 2016

AWS CodeDeploy Enables On-Premises Server Registration with Temporary Credentials

You can now use the AWS CLI to authenticate and register on-premises servers with AWS CodeDeploy using temporary credentials generated by the AWS Security Token Service. This method enables you to automate registering a large number of on-premises servers with CodeDeploy.  

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Introducing Amazon ECS task placement policies

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now supports the ability to customize the placement of tasks on container instances. Previously, you would have to write custom schedulers to filter, find, and group resources if you needed to place a task on a container instance with certain resource requirements (e.g., a specific instance type).

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Wednesday 28 December 2016

Amazon WorkMail now supports a wider range of email client applications, including Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac and those that use the IMAP protocol

Amazon WorkMail now allows you to use Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac to access your email and calendar, and email client applications that use the IMAP protocol to access your email. This means users can choose from a wide range of email clients when using Amazon WorkMail, including Microsoft Outlook for Windows and Mac OS X, IMAP-based email clients, mobile devices and email clients that use the ActiveSync protocol, Apple Mail and Calendar applications on OS X, and the Amazon WorkMail web client from a web browser. In addition, IT applications that use the IMAP protocol to access email will now also work with Amazon WorkMail.

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Friday 23 December 2016

This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

Microsoft embiggens cloudy BLOBs from 195GB to 4.77 TB, blocks from 4MB to 100MB

The waistline of Azure's storage service continues to expand, with Microsoft upping the size of the Binary Large Objects it can define.…

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Application Version Lifecycle Management and CloudWatch Logs Streaming

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports application version lifecycle management and CloudWatch Logs streaming.

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Amazon QuickSight adds support for Amazon Athena

You can now visualize the results of your Amazon Athena queries in Amazon QuickSight. Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Connecting to Athena from QuickSight is a 1-click process. There’s no need to provide endpoints, username and password. Simply select Athena as your data source, select the database and tables you want to analyze and start visualizing in QuickSight. Check out the AWS Big Data blog post to learn more about how you can leverage QuickSight with Athena. 

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Thursday 22 December 2016

AWS CodeCommit Introduces Git Credentials for User Authentication

You can now connect to AWS CodeCommit repositories with Git credentials, which let you use a static username and password to authenticate over HTTPS. Git credentials provide a simple and reliable way to access AWS CodeCommit that is compatible with the command line or terminal, the AWS CLI, the Git CLI, and any Git tool or IDE that supports basic HTTPS authentication. You can use Git credentials to quickly and easily access your repositories from your preferred development environments.  

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Microsoft AD simplifies on-premises user login to AWS applications and Windows workloads in the AWS Cloud

Now it is possible to use on-premises Active Directory (AD) user accounts with AWS applications such as Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition by using AD interforest trusts in AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also called Microsoft AD. New Microsoft AD interforest trust features simplify directory service configuration to use on-premises AD user accounts, simplify the end-user login experience, and enable simultaneous use of AWS applications and Windows workloads with Microsoft AD. 

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Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports phonetic analysis

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now provides built-in integration with the Phonetic Analysis plugin, which allows you to run “sounds-like” queries on your data. With this plugin, you can easily account for misspellings and common phonetic variants of search terms, and return more comprehensive query results. The Phonetic Analysis plugin is pre-installed and ready to use on all Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains running Elasticsearch version 2.3. To use this feature, simply update your Elasticsearch field mappings using the Elasticsearch API to indicate which fields you would like to include for phonetic analysis and the type of analyzer to use. You can then run your queries as you normally do, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service will return results including those that match similar sounding terms, without the need for you to write any custom code. 

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Wednesday 21 December 2016

AWS Config Rules Available in US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul)

AWS Config Rules is now available in the US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions.

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Amazon Kinesis Streams is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Starting today, you can process, store, and analyze streaming data in AWS GovCloud (US) using Amazon Kinesis Streams. Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to continuously collect data as it’s generated from applications, machines, and devices, and respond in real-time to your business needs. With the availability in AWS GovCloud, Amazon Kinesis Streams is now available in all public AWS regions. 

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Amazon WorkMail redesigned web client offers users a better email experience

The redesigned Amazon WorkMail web client now offers a modern user interface, and makes it easier to access your email from a web browser. You can customize the size of the hierarchy and preview panels, which allows you to optimize your experience for the size of your screen. In addition, your most frequently used folders appear at the top of your folder list so that you don’t have to search for them. 

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now offers Patch Management

Amazon is pleased to offer new patch management capability as part of EC2 Systems Manager

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Amazon Kinesis Firehose can now prepare and transform streaming data before loading it to data stores

You can now configure Amazon Kinesis Firehose to prepare your streaming data before it is loaded to data stores. With this new feature, you can easily convert raw streaming data from your data sources into formats required by your destination data stores, without having to build your own data processing pipelines. 

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Read the small print

Move to the cloud, they said, everything will be better, they said. Security, reliability, scale. We take the work and the worry off your hands. Except nothing is that simple or straight forward – and that includes cloud.…

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AWS IoT Available in the Ohio Region

AWS IoT is a managed cloud platform that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely. With AWS IoT, your applications can keep track of and communicate with all your devices, all the time, even when they aren’t connected. 

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Amazon RDS now supports copying encrypted snapshots of encrypted DB instances across regions

Starting today, you can seamlessly move snapshots of your encrypted and unencrypted RDS databases across commercial AWS regions and between various accounts, which can be used to create a robust disaster recovery for your RDS database instances. Previously, RDS supported copying your unencrypted DB snapshots across multiple regions and accounts, and copying your encrypted DB snapshots between accounts within the same region. Now, you can also copy your encrypted DB snapshots between accounts and across multiple regions as seamlessly as unencrypted snapshots.  

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AWS Schema Conversion Tool now Converts Schema and Runs a Migration

We are pleased to announce that the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) has even tighter integration with AWS Database Migration Service. Once SCT has converted your database schema, for supported DMS source/target combinations, SCT can now create the appropriate endpoints in DMS. With the endpoints created, SCT then offers the ability generate the migration tasks necessary to move the data for the converted schema in DMS. The migration tasks can be monitored from SCT and re-run as required. This integration offers database engineers a convenient workspace to handle a migration from end-to-end. 

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Amazon RDS Supports Easy Migration from RDS MySQL to RDS MariaDB

Starting today, you can migrate your Amazon RDS for MySQL version 5.6 database snapshot to an RDS for MariaDB 10.1 database instance with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Amazon EMR now supports events and notifications with Amazon CloudWatch Events

You can now respond to Amazon EMR cluster state changes with Amazon CloudWatch Events. The new Amazon EMR event types in Amazon CloudWatch Events provide information including state and related severity for Amazon EMR clusters, instance groups, steps, and Auto Scaling policies. Using simple rules that you can quickly set up, you can match events and route them to Amazon SNS topics, AWS Lambda functions, Amazon SQS queues, streams in Amazon Kinesis Streams, or built-in targets. Additionally, you can view events for a cluster on the Cluster Details page in the Amazon EMR console.

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On-premises access to Amazon EFS via AWS Direct Connect Available in US East (N. Virginia) Region

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) now allows you to access your file data in the US East (N. Virginia) region from on-premises datacenters. This new capability was announced for all other Amazon EFS regions at AWS re:Invent 2016. On-Premises access is now available in all Amazon EFS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). 

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Simplified Mounting of Amazon EFS File Systems

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), which provides simple and scalable file storage in the AWS Cloud, now provides a simpler way for you to mount your file systems on EC2 instances. 

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Amazon ElastiCache now supports Memcached version 1.4.33

We are pleased to announce that Amazon ElastiCache now supports Memcached version 1.4.33. You can now launch new clusters with Memcached 1.4.33, as well as upgrade existing ones to the new version. Compared to version 1.4.24 (previous version supported by ElastiCache for Memcached), this version adds support for new commands and parameters, better management of large items (512 MB or higher), improved memory management (memory reclaim, dynamically increase memory available to Memcached), enhanced item log management, and miscellaneous bug fixes. 

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Amazon ECS Supports Windows Server Containers

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now provides beta support for Windows Server Containers. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 supports Docker, enabling Windows users to package applications into images that can be run on any Windows 2016 server. You can now use Amazon ECS to deploy and scale your Windows Containers across your Amazon EC2 Windows instances. 

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Monday 19 December 2016

New AWS console-based GUI for Application Discovery Services makes datacenter migration even easier

Today, we are introducing a new console-based GUI for the AWS Application Discovery Service which makes it easier for you to visualize applications running in on-premises data centers, their associated dependencies, and their performance profile in the AWS Management Console. 

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Amazon WorkMail interoperability with Microsoft Exchange Server now supports a unified global address book

Amazon WorkMail interoperability with Microsoft Exchange Server now allows you to use a unified global address book. A unified global address book allows all your users to access the same user information, groups, and resources, regardless of which email platform they are part of. With this capability, you can now seamlessly use both Amazon WorkMail and Microsoft Exchange Server in your organization, making it easy to start migrating your email to AWS. 

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Saturday 17 December 2016

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Support for Restoring Terminated Environments

You can now restore AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments that have been terminated. You can restore Elastic Beanstalk environments within 42 days of their termination, and the restored environments will retain the original environment IDs, CNAMEs, application versions, and configuration options.

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Simulate mobile connections and conditions with AWS Device Farm

You can now simulate real-world network connections and conditions while testing your Android, iOS, and web apps with AWS Device Farm. Simply specify a network profile when scheduling an automated test run. A number of curated profiles are provided such as "Average 3G" and "Lossy WiFi," or you can create your own. The selected network profile's parameters, which include throughput, delay, jitter, and loss, will be applied to each of your selected device's WiFi connections for the duration of the run.

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Friday 16 December 2016

Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition Now Available

Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition is designed to support fast and easy business analytics that scales across your entire organization. You can now integrate Microsoft Active Directory (AD) with QuickSight’s Enterprise Edition to manage user access to QuickSight, so users can sign-in to QuickSight using their existing corporate credentials. In addition, you can provision and administer users across multiple Active Directories. The Enterprise Edition also provides Encryption at Rest, which adds an additional level of protection to your SPICE (Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation Engine) data.

Visit our latest blog post to learn more about the Enterprise Edition. To sign-up for the Enterprise Edition, click here.

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Amazon Cognito Adds Groups, Fine-Grained Role-Based Access Control, and US East (Ohio) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

Today, Amazon Cognito adds two features that enable mobile and web app developers to manage users and user permissions. Amazon Cognito Your User Pools now offers groups as an easy way to manage users and their permissions. Developers can create and edit groups and group membership in a user pool through the Amazon Cognito console and APIs. Amazon Cognito also now supports fine-grained role-based access control (RBAC) in Amazon Cognito Federated Identities. Developers can use this feature to assign different IAM roles and permissions to different authenticated users. Developers can have IAM roles set by identity providers, or developers can create rules that map users to roles based on group membership or other user attributes.

Amazon Cognito is now also available in the US East (Ohio) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

To learn more, see our Groups documentation and Fine-Grained Role-Based Access Control documentation.

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Cloud-happy Oracle dodges rumors it is axing its traditional hardware ... as sales of traditional hardware fall

Meanwhile, co-CEO Catz joins Team Trump

Oracle is once more waving around its cloud revenue figures in response to another quarter of falling hardware sales.…

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Thursday 15 December 2016

Amazon WorkSpaces tags now also apply to Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager

Starting today, the tags you assign to your Amazon WorkSpaces will automatically be applied to the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) service charges, and any applications deployed to those WorkSpaces using WAM. Tags let you categorize your WorkSpaces and WAM applications so you can easily identify their purpose and track costs accordingly. For example, you could use tags to identify WorkSpaces and WAM applications used by a particular department, project, application, vendor, or use case. With this new capability, you can track WorkSpaces, WAM, and application usage, all by simply assigning tags to your WorkSpaces.  

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Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

You can now provision Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Dedicated Hosts are physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses, including Windows Server, SQL Server, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and can also help you meet license compliance requirements. For more information on Dedicated Host availability and pricing, visit the Dedicated Hosts pricing page.

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Now available: EC2 Convertible RIs and the RI regional benefit in AWS GovCloud (US) region

You can now use RIs (Reserved Instances) that apply discounts regionally and purchase Convertible RIs in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

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Microsoft offers UK cloud customers private pipes

Now, about that uptime...

Microsoft is offering private connections to its UK data centres as a means of wooing government customers to its sometimes less-than- resilient cloud.…

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AWS CodePipeline Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS region. 

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Wednesday 14 December 2016

Announcing spatial indexes and zero-downtime patching for Amazon Aurora

Today, AWS released two important enhancements for Amazon Aurora:

  • Spatial Indexing: Enables high performance spatial queries for Aurora.
  • Zero-Downtime Patching: Makes it possible for customers to apply a patch to their Aurora cluster without downtime.

To learn more about these new features, please visit Jeff Barr’s blog.

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Track your Reserved Instance (RI) Utilization in AWS Cost Explorer

AWS Cost Explorer helps you visualize, understand, and manage your AWS costs and usage over time. This is done via an intuitive interface that enables you to quickly create custom reports (including charts and tabular data) that analyze cost and usage data, both at a high level (e.g., total costs and usage across all accounts) and for highly-specific requests (e.g., m2.2xlarge costs within account Y that are tagged “project: secretProject”).

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Amazon CloudWatch adds detailed billing to CloudWatch Logs

Amazon CloudWatch announces detailed billing to CloudWatch Logs. You can now get usage and cost per log group. You can also add tags on your log groups to get a fine-grained view on cost for logs across business dimension such as cost center, application name, AWS services such as Lambda, CloudTrail, ECS, and other. Up to 50 tags can be added to each log group.

To learn more about this feature, click here. To know more about CloudWatch Logs, visit the CloudWatch Logs product page.

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Amazon CloudWatch adds support for evenly distributing log data from CloudWatch Logs to Amazon Kinesis

You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Streams subscription in CloudWatch Logs to evenly distribute log data from a log group to multiple shards. Previously log data from one log stream went to the same shard.

To enable this feature please refer to the documentation here. To know more about CloudWatch Logs, visit the CloudWatch Logs product page.

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AWS' UK cloud hitched to British-based iron

Rents third party space for London region... not that anyone wants to talk specifics

Amazon has opened its long-awaited AWS jumping off point for UK cloud customers by renting racks in two separate third party-run British-based bit barns.…

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Riddle me this: What's green and freezes cloudy penguins?

Why Veeam's new backup agent for Linux, of course!

Veeam has given the world a Linux Backup Agent.…

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Fancy an AWS region in your own data centre? Stratoscale can do it

It'll be virtual, natch, but so is the rest of your bit barn – in a bad way

Israeli outfit Stratoscale has updated its Symphony suite so it can effectively become an on-premises Amazon Web Services (AWS) region.…

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Announcing the AWS Europe (London) Region

AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new Europe (London) Region. The London Region joins Ireland and Frankfurt as AWS’ third European location, and provides you with a new option for end users and applications benefiting from infrastructure located in Europe. We are now operating sixteen regions worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 42, which serve customers from over 190 countries.

The new London Region is currently available for multiple services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). For a complete list of AWS Regions and services, visit the Global Infrastructure page. London Region pricing is available on the detail page of each service, which you can find through our products & services page.

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Tuesday 13 December 2016

AWS launches managed-services-as-a-service

Cloud concern ITIL-ises the big end of town, so created a service to get them moving

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it's getting in to the managed services business.…

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VMware starts test for Cloud Foundation on vCloud Air

Soundtrack choices: Beta The Devil You Know, or How Soon Is Now?

VMware's quietly started asking for beta testers for its Cloud Foundation running on its own cloud, vCloud Air.…

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Cisco to kill its Intercloud public cloud on March 31st, 2017

Snuffing OpenStack cloud means it's all hybrid cloud and network function virtualisation from now on at Switchzilla

Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands.…

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New Cost Allocation Tag features include on-demand refresh, AWS-generated tags and more!

Tags can be used to categorize and track your AWS costs, but depend upon you being diligent about applying tags to your resources and making sure that they are enabled for cost allocation. To reduce this overhead, we are introducing an option to automatically mark your resources with the new Resource Created By tag. This tag includes information related to the resource creator depending on the authentication mechanism used, such as Account ID and IAM role. Even though the Resource Created By tag is specific to the Billing & Cost Management console, it functions exactly like the user-defined cost allocation tags within the Detailed Billing Report, Cost & Usage Report, Cost Explorer, and Budgets products.

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October 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

The Oracle October 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To create a new Oracle "" and "" DB instance with just a few clicks, use the "Launch DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console and select the appropriate DB engine version. To upgrade an existing database instance, use the "Modify" option in the AWS Management Console and select the appropriate DB engine version. Before you upgrade a production database instance, we recommend that you test the upgrade process on a snapshot restore of your production DB instance to verify the duration of the upgrade process as well as test your application with the new DB engine version.

To learn more about Oracle PSUs supported on RDS, visit the RDS patch update documentation.

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Monday 12 December 2016

IBM has an on-prem cloud it thinks can go big in Asia

'Bluemix local' does the 'turn your pile of x86 into a cloud' thing, complete with PAYG

IBM has found a new way to spread its Bluemix cloud around the world: have partners blaze a trail with its on-premises cloud.…

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Friday 9 December 2016

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Closer Integration with AWS X-Ray

AWS Elastic Beanstalk has simplified the process of setting up your Elastic Beanstalk environments with AWS X-Ray so you can more easily begin to analyze and debug distributed applications running on Elastic Beanstalk. The X-Ray daemon is now pre-installed on the Elastic Beanstalk platforms for Java, Node.js and .NET, reducing the setup work required to use X-Ray with Elastic Beanstalk.

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AWS Cost and Usage Report now contains public on-demand pricing and more

Today, we are adding new pricing- and reservation-related data to the AWS Cost & Usage Report. In addition to your actual rate for your usage, you will now see the public on-demand rate for that same usage, giving you the ability to easily quantify your savings relative to public on-demand pricing. Additionally, the Cost & Usage Report now contains detailed reservation line items so that you can clearly quantify the costs associated with your reserved resources. These line items include information such as the number of Reserved Instances (“RIs”) purchased under a given subscription, the number of hours reserved under each RI within that subscription, and the total number of reserved hours across all RIs within that subscription. 

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Amazon Redshift now supports Python UDF logging module

You can now use the standard Python logging module to log error and warning messages from Amazon Redshift user-defined functions (UDF). You can then query the SVL_UDF_LOG system view to retrieve the messages logged from your UDF’s and troubleshoot your UDF’s easily.

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Thursday 8 December 2016

My name's Jeff B and I'm here to say: Canada's getting an AWS region around the way

I said, honey, it's a perfect place to stash data from the N-S-A

If you're looking for somewhere to run your computing instances outside the Land of the FreeTM, then Amazon Web Services has an option for the Americas with its first Canada cloud computing region.…

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Announcing the AWS Canada (Central) Region

AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new Canada (Central) Region. Canada joins Northern Virginia, Ohio, Oregon, Northern California, and AWS GovCloud as the sixth AWS Region in North America and as the fifteenth worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 40 globally.

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AWS CodePipeline Available in South America (São Paulo) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the South America (São Paulo) AWS region.

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AWS WAF is now available on the Application Load Balancer (ALB)

Starting today AWS WAF is available on the Application Load Balancer (ALB). You can now use AWS WAF directly on Application Load Balancers (both internal and external) in a VPC, to protect your websites and web services. With this launch customers can now use AWS WAF on both Amazon CloudFront and Application Load Balancer.

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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Record and govern Amazon Redshift configurations with AWS Config

You can now record configuration changes to your Amazon Redshift clusters with AWS Config. The detailed configuration recorded by AWS Config includes changes made to Amazon Redshift clusters, cluster parameter groups, cluster security groups, cluster snapshots, cluster subnet groups, and event subscriptions. In addition, you can run two new managed Config Rules to check whether your Amazon Redshift clusters have the appropriate configuration and maintenance settings. These checks include verifying that your cluster database is encrypted, logging is enabled, snapshot data retention period is set appropriately, and much more. 

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AWS Config now enables you to create 50 or more Config Rules in your AWS account

All AWS Config Rules customers can now create up to 50 rules in their AWS account by default. Additionally, you can request an increase for the limit on the number of rules in your account by visiting the AWS Service Limits page.

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Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

Network lifter-and-shifter automates cloud migrations

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS).…

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Amazon GameLift expands to 5 more regions across Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America

Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service that makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer game servers in the cloud. GameLift has expanded regional availability to a total of 9 regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU Central (Frankfurt), EU West (Ireland), Asia Pacific South (Mumbai), Asia Pacific Northeast (Seoul and Tokyo), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore) and South America East (São Paulo). This expansion helps game developers launch game servers closer to their players to provide even lower latency and a better gameplay experience. 

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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Outbound Network Access

Your Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Instance can now send emails using utl_smtp package and communicate with external Web Servers and TCP/IP-based servers using utl_http and utl_tcp packages. To learn more about using this feature, refer to Amazon RDS for Oracle documentation.

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Monday 5 December 2016

Amazon EFS Introduces the Ability to Access Amazon EFS File Systems from On-premises Servers via AWS Direct Connect

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), which provides simple and scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud, now allows you to access your file data from on-premises datacenters. On-premises servers can now move file data to and from your Amazon EFS file systems when connected to your Amazon VPC with AWS Direct Connect, allowing you to migrate data sets to EFS, enable cloud bursting scenarios, or backup your on-premises data to EFS. 

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JIRA Service Desk Data Center now available on the AWS Cloud with AWS Quick Start

The AWS Quick Start for JIRA now includes support for JIRA Service Desk Data Center. You can use the updated Quick Start to deploy one of the following JIRA products on AWS:
JIRA Software Data Center, which is a software development tool that is used by agile teams. This tool helps development teams create and estimate projects, build a sprint backlog, identify team commitments and velocity, visualize team activity, and report on progress.
JIRA Service Desk Data Center, which provides IT service management software with high availability and performance at scale on AWS. JIRA Service Desk is easy to use, simple to set up, and has everything you need for IT support and customer service. Teams can link JIRA Service Desk tickets to JIRA Software issues and keep development and IT connected for fast issue resolution.  

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AWS Database Migration Service Officially Supports SSL for Oracle databases

As part of AWS’ continued focus on security of information, DMS now supports SSL enabled endpoints for Oracle database engines. This is an addition to our existing support for SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Amazon Aurora, MySQL, and MariaDB. Coupled with the existing encryption offered by a VPN or AWS Direct Connect, customers can provide security for their data.

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Friday 2 December 2016

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Tired of desktop apps that respond instantly? Banish them to the browser

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again.…

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

Redmond blames currency for UK-hosted Azure hike

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week.…

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

With a leap second coming up, smearing's quite a good idea

Google's turned on a set of public network time protocol (NTP) servers.…

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'AWS is fast, punches above its weight, stings Oracle, but no knockout'

Pundits note growth in Lambda, database efforts as highlights of conf

AWS re:Invent  Amazon made news in a big way this week, kicking out more than a dozen new features and services for the AWS cloud at its annual re:Invent conference.…

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Price reductions for Amazon EC2 C4, M4 & T2 instances are now effective

The price reductions for Amazon EC2 C4, M4 & T2 instances across all AWS regions, announced on November 14th, 2016, are now effective.

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Introducing AWS Personal Health Dashboard

You can now receive notification and remediation guidance when AWS is experiencing events that may impact you. Available to all AWS customers, AWS Personal Health Dashboard provides a personalized view into the performance and availability of the AWS services you are using, as well as alerts that are automatically triggered by changes in the health of those services.

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Introducing Amazon AppStream 2.0: Stream desktop applications from AWS

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is now generally available. AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that allows you to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device, without rewriting them. AppStream 2.0 provides users with instant-on access to the applications they need, and a responsive, fluid user experience running in an HTML5 web browser.

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Introducing Lambda@Edge in Preview – Run Lambda functions at AWS’s edge locations closest to your users

Lambda@Edge, now in Preview, allows you to write functions deployed to the AWS network of Edge locations in response to CloudFront. This new feature allows you to customize or personalize content for your end users close to where they’re located, minimizing network latency. For instance, you can modify HTTP headers to personalize your application for each user, implement custom authentication or encryption logic right at the edge, detect and group users by device, support legacy devices by reformatting content on the viewer response, and much more.

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Thursday 1 December 2016

Enhanced Context for Custom Authorizers in Amazon API Gateway

Custom authorizers on Amazon API Gateway can now return additional fields in their authorization response.

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Document Your API with Amazon API Gateway

You can now add documentation to your methods and resources for your APIs built using Amazon API Gateway, making it easy for your API consumers to understand your API. You can add documentation for your API directly using the API Gateway console, CLI, and SDK, or simply specify it using documentation tags within the Swagger definition for the API. You can also reuse documentation across common aspects of your API. For example, you can author standard error documentation just one time, and use it in multiple API responses as without duplicating the actual content, making it faster to document your APIs and eliminating “copy-paste” errors that can arise with duplicated strings. Once your documentation is published as part of an API stage, you can export it using the Swagger export feature and make it available in your developer portal. 

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Amazon API Gateway Integration with AWS Marketplace

Amazon API Gateway now integrates with the AWS Marketplace to help API owners monetize their API and meter usage for their API products, without writing any code. 

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AWS CloudFormation Updated Resource Coverage

You can now use AWS CloudFormation to provision the following AWS resources. See the release history for more detail. 

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AWS Config now integrates with Amazon EC2 Systems Manager to provide continuous monitoring and governance of software on your EC2 instances and on-premises systems

You can now use AWS Config to record configuration changes to software on your EC2 instances as well as virtual machines (VMs) or servers in your on-premises environment. Through AWS Config integration with Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, you gain visibility into Operating System configurations, system-level updates, installed applications, network configuration and more. AWS Config provides a history of OS and system-level configuration changes that you can use for assessing security risks, troubleshooting, tracking license usage, etc.  

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AWS Lambda Supports C#

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions in C# using the .NET Core 1.0 runtime.

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Introducing AWS Step Functions

AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly. Step Functions is a reliable way to coordinate components and step through the functions of your application. Step Functions provides a graphical console to arrange and visualize the components of your application as a series of steps. This makes it simple to build and run multi-step applications. Step Functions automatically triggers and tracks each step, and retries when there are errors, so your application executes in order and as expected. Step Functions logs the state of each step, so when things do go wrong, you can diagnose and debug problems quickly. You can change and add steps without even writing code, so you can easily evolve your application and innovate faster.

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Introducing AWS Shield

AWS Shield is a managed DDoS protection service that protects your web applications on AWS from DDoS attacks. AWS Shield Standard is available to all AWS customers at no additional cost, and protects your applications from the most common, frequently occurring DDoS attacks. If you need a higher level of protection against large and sophisticated attacks, you can subscribe to AWS Shield Advanced to protect your applications on Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. With AWS Shield Advanced, you also get access to AWS WAF at no additional cost, giving you the flexibility to write customized mitigations against application layer attacks. AWS Shield Advanced also provides 24X7 access to the DDoS Response Team (DRT) who can apply custom mitigations on your behalf and DDoS Cost Protection, to protect your AWS bill against usage fee surges during mitigation of a DDoS attack.

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Introducing AWS Glue: Prepare and load data into data stores

AWS Glue is a fully managed ETL service that makes it easy to move data between your data stores. AWS Glue simplifies and automates the difficult and time consuming data discovery, conversion, mapping, and job scheduling tasks. AWS Glue guides you through the process of moving your data with an easy to use console that helps you understand your data sources, prepare the data for analytics, and load it reliably from data sources to destinations.

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Introducing Amazon Pinpoint

Amazon Pinpoint makes it easy to run targeted campaigns to drive user engagement in mobile apps. Amazon Pinpoint helps you understand user behavior, define which users to target, determine which messages to send, schedule the best time to deliver the messages, and then track the results of your campaign.

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Announcing Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support for EC2 instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

EC2 instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now offer native support for the IPv6 protocol. IPv6 can be enabled for existing and new VPCs through the AWS management console, API/SDK and CLI. Customers can use IPv6 on EC2 instances to access Internet resources as well as on-premise applications using Direct Connect. This enables numerous use cases such as hosting public services and meeting IPv6 compliance requirements.

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Announcing AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate

AWS OpsWorks has introduced a new offering, AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate. OpsWorks for Chef Automate provides a fully managed Chef server and suite of automation tools that give you workflow automation for continuous deployment, automated testing for compliance and security, and a user interface that gives you visibility into your nodes and their status. The Chef server gives you full stack automation by handling operational tasks such as software and operating system configurations, package installations, database setups, and more. The Chef server centrally stores your configuration tasks and provides them to each node in your compute environment at any scale, from a few nodes to thousands of nodes. OpsWorks for Chef Automate is completely compatible with tooling and cookbooks from the Chef community and automatically registers new nodes with your Chef server. 

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Announcing AWS CodeBuild

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. CodeBuild scales continuously and processes multiple builds concurrently, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You can get started quickly by using prepackaged build environments, or you can create custom build environments that use your own build tools. With CodeBuild, you are charged by the minute for the compute resources you use.

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AWS Lambda Supports Dead Letter Queues

You can now configure a dead letter queue (DLQ) on AWS Lambda to give you more control over message handling for all asynchronous invocations, including those delivered via AWS events (S3, SNS, IoT, etc). You can setup a DLQ by configuring the 'DeadLetterConfig' property when creating or updating your Lambda function. You can provide an SQS queue or an SNS topic as the 'TargetArn' for your DLQ, and AWS Lambda will write the event object invoking the Lambda function to this endpoint after the standard retry policy (2 additional retries on failure) is exhausted. 

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Announcing AWS X-Ray

AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. X-Ray provides an end-to-end view of requests as they travel through your application, and shows a map of your application’s underlying components. You can use X-Ray to analyze both applications in development and in production, from simple three-tier applications to complex microservices applications consisting of thousands of services.

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Announcing AWS Batch

AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters that run your jobs, allowing you to focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads across the full range of AWS compute services and features, such as Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances.

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Introducing Blox

Blox is a collection of open source projects for container management and orchestration on Amazon ECS. Blox gives you more control over how your containerized applications run on Amazon ECS, and it enables you to build schedulers and integrate third-party schedulers on top of ECS, while leveraging Amazon ECS to fully manage and scale your clusters.

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Introducing EC2 Systems Manager for automated configuration management of EC2 and on-premises systems

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager is a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply Windows OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. These capabilities help you define and track system configurations, prevent drift, and maintain software compliance. Accomplishing these tasks across hybrid cloud architectures is often complex, time consuming, and costly because existing management tools typically provide limited automation support, require specialized infrastructure, and have complex licensing requirements. By providing a management approach that is designed for the scale and agility of the cloud but extends into your on-premises data center, EC2 Systems Manager makes it easier for you to seamlessly bridge your existing infrastructure with AWS.  

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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

More evidence, if any were needed, that Microsoft wants you to sign for more Azure

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs.…

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Introducing AWS Mobile Hub Integration With Amazon Lex

AWS Mobile Hub now includes an integration with Amazon Lex, so you can build mobile apps that use speech and text, in addition to touch to your mobile app. This lets you use the technology that powers Amazon Alexa to create engaging speech- and text-based conversational bots in your own app. Each bot you create with Mobile Hub uses Amazon Lex to recognize the intent of natural language input and triggers appropriate business functions. You can create engaging conversational experiences for common app scenarios such as booking tickets, ordering products, logging tickets with customer support, querying an internal IT helpdesk system, and more.

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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

Turns out printing money requires a buttload of compute muscle

AWS re:Invent  AWS says it has moved into building its own silicon to help deliver the throughput for its massive cloud service.…

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Introducing Amazon Polly

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Polly lets you create applications that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Polly is an Amazon AI service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Polly includes 47 lifelike voices spread across 24 languages, so you can select the ideal voice and build speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries. With Polly, you only pay for the number of characters you convert to speech, and you can save and replay Polly’s generated speech. Polly’s low cost per character converted, and lack of restrictions on storage and reuse of voice output, make it a cost-effective way to enable Text-to-Speech everywhere.

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Announcing Regional Edge Caches for Amazon CloudFront

Today, we are pleased to announce that Amazon CloudFront has added a new type of edge location called Regional Edge Cache that further improves performance for your viewers. Regional Edge Caches, in addition to improving performance, also help reduce the load on your origin resources, minimizing operational burden associated with scaling your origin and reducing your origin costs.  Regional Edge Caches are turned on by default for your CloudFront distributions; you do not need to make any changes to your distributions to take advantage of this feature. There are also no additional charges to use this feature.

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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Move Exabyte-Scale Data Sets with AWS Snowmobile

AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data transfer service that can move extremely large amounts of data to AWS in a fast, secure, and cost-effective manner. You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck. Snowmobile makes it easy to move massive volumes of data to the cloud, including video libraries, image repositories, or even a complete data center migration. All data is encrypted with 256-bit encryption and you can manage your encryption keys with AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). Snowmobile includes GPS tracking, alarm monitoring, 24/7 video surveillance and an optional escort security vehicle while in transit. 

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Announcing AWS Snowball Edge

AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transfer device with on-board storage and compute. You can use Snowball Edge to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local data sets, or to support independent local workloads in remote locations. 

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Introducing Amazon EC2 R4 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances

You can now launch R4 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances, featuring a larger instance size, a new Intel Broadwell processor, improved networking and EBS performance, and cheaper on per GiB of RAM compared to R3 instances. R4 instances are well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads like Business Intelligence (BI), data mining & analysis, in-memory databases, distributed web scale in-memory caching, and applications performing real-time processing of unstructured big data.

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Introducing Amazon Rekognition

Amazon Rekognition is a service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications. With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces. Rekognition’s API lets you easily build powerful visual search and discovery into your applications. With Amazon Rekognition, you only pay for the images you analyze and the face metadata you store. There are no minimum fees and there are no upfront commitments.

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Announcing AWS Greengrass, now in limited preview

AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices in a secure way. With AWS Greengrass, connected devices can run AWS Lambda functions, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices securely – even when not connected to the Internet. Using AWS Lambda, Greengrass ensures your IoT devices can respond quickly to local events, operate with intermittent connections, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud.

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Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 I3 Instances, next-generation Storage Optimized High I/O instances

Amazon EC2 I3 instances are the latest generation of Storage Optimized High-I/O instances, designed for the most demanding High I/O workloads, featuring low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSDs. I3 instances are ideal for workloads like transactional processing systems, relational and NoSQL databases, data warehousing applications, analytics workloads and Elasticsearch workloads.

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Announcing PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora

Today, we’re adding PostgreSQL compatibility to Amazon Aurora. With Amazon Aurora’s new PostgreSQL support, customers can get up to several times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database and take advantage of the scalability, durability, and security capabilities of Amazon Aurora – all for one-tenth the cost of commercial grade databases. Read more about Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility in the AWS Blog

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Introducing Amazon Athena: a pay-as-you-go interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL

Today, we announced the general availability of Amazon Athena, a serverless query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can point Athena at their data stored in S3 and begin using standard SQL to run ad-hoc queries and get results in seconds. With Athena, there are no clusters to manage and tune, there is no infrastructure to setup, and customers pay only for the queries they run. Athena scales automatically – executing queries in parallel – so results are fast, even with large datasets and complex queries.

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Introducing Amazon Lightsail

Today we announce the newest member of the AWS Compute family - Amazon Lightsail. Lightsail is designed to be the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Lightsail plans include everything you need to jumpstart your project – a virtual machine, SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP – for a low, predictable price.

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Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 F1 instances, custom FPGAs for Hardware Acceleration

Amazon EC2 F1 is a compute instance with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that you can program to create custom hardware accelerations for your application. F1 instances are easy to program and come with everything you need to develop, simulate, debug, and compile your hardware acceleration code, including an FPGA Developer AMI and Hardware Developer Kit (HDK). Once your FPGA design is complete, you can register it as an Amazon FPGA Image (AFI), and deploy it to your F1 instance in just a few clicks. You can reuse your AFIs as many times, and across as many F1 instances as you like. You can offer AFIs you develop on the AWS Marketplace for other customers to purchase. 

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Announcing an Improved AWS IoT Button Developer Experience

In May, we officially launched the AWS IoT Button and were overwhelmed by the support the button received from the developer community. We listened to your suggestions and are pleased to announce an improved developer experience for the AWS IoT Button.

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Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, the next generation of Compute Optimized instances

Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the most powerful Compute Optimized instances and the best price to compute performance in EC2. C5 is the first AWS cloud instance based on Intel’s next-generation Skylake Xeon® processors. They are ideal for compute-intensive workloads like ad serving, scientific modeling, 3D rendering, cluster computing, machine learning inference, and distributed analytics.

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Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for attachable graphics acceleration

Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs allow you to easily attach low-cost graphics acceleration to current generation EC2 instances. With Elastic GPUs, you choose the GPU resources that are sized for your workload, so you can accelerate the graphics performance of your applications for a fraction of the cost of stand-alone graphics instances.  Elastic GPUs are ideal If you need a small amount of GPU for graphics acceleration, or have applications that could benefit from some GPU, but also require high amounts of compute, memory, or storage. 

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Introducing Amazon Lex, now in Preview

Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. Lex provides the advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to recognize the intent of the text, to enable you to build applications with highly engaging user experiences and lifelike conversational interactions. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to any developer, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots (“chatbots”). 

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Announcing the AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program, now in limited preview

The AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program is designed for businesses to expand their existing applications or build new applications that connect to a simple IoT button device. It enables businesses to offer new services or improve existing products using the click of a physical button to trigger services in the cloud.

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Introducing t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge: Two New Larger Burstable Amazon EC2 Instances

You can now launch the t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. The t2.xlarge features 16 GiB of memory and 4 vCPU, and the t2.2xlarge features 32 GiB of memory and 8 vCPU. These two new instances provide burstable-performance options for larger workloads. As with other T2 instances, t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are well suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. T2 instances are backed by Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz. 

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What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

Just give it to me straight

AWS re:Invent  At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services tipped its hand to reveal its battle plan for invading new markets.…

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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

Linux shop vows PaaS play

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux.…

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Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Amazon WorkSpaces introduces Windows 10 desktop experience

Amazon WorkSpaces now offers bundles that come with a Windows 10 desktop experience, powered by Windows Server 2016. Amazon WorkSpaces Windows 10 bundles provides you an easy way to move users to a modern operating system, while also simplifying licensing. Amazon WorkSpaces continues to offer bundles that come with a Windows 7 desktop experience, provided by Windows Server 2008 R2. You can also run Windows 7 and Windows 10 Enterprise operating systems with Amazon WorkSpaces if your organization meets the licensing requirements set by Microsoft.

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Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

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AWS Storage Gateway price reductions

Effective December 1, 2016, we’re updating pricing for AWS Storage Gateway, making it more cost-effective to adopt cloud storage for your on-premises applications. There will be 3 changes to pricing: storage prices for volume and virtual tapes will be reduced; the monthly gateway fee will be replaced with pricing based on the amount of data you write to AWS; and virtual tape retrieval will be simplified, moving from rate-based fees to per GB pricing. 

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Revolutionizing S3 Storage Management with 4 new features

You can use the new Amazon S3 storage management capabilities to help you better organize, analyze and manage your data storage on S3. 

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AWS Storage Gateway provides a file interface to objects in your Amazon S3 buckets

AWS Storage Gateway now provides a virtual on-premises file server, which enables you to store and retrieve Amazon S3 objects through standard file storage protocols. With file gateway, existing applications or devices can use secure and durable cloud storage without needing to be modified. File gateway simplifies moving data into S3 for in-cloud workloads, provides cost-effective storage for backup and archive, or expands your on-premises storage into the cloud. 

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Announcing AWS Organizations, Now in Preview

AWS Organizations makes it easier for IT teams to manage multiple AWS accounts. You can use Organizations to create groups of AWS accounts, and then apply policies to these groups to help centrally manage security and automation settings.

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AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Financial Services Partner Solutions

AWS Competency Program & Financial Services Partners
The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Financial Services Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated industry expertise, readily implemented solutions that align with AWS architectural best practices, and have staff with AWS-certifications.

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Introducing the AWS Service Delivery Program

Today, the AWS Partner Network (APN) team announced the launch of the AWS Service Delivery Program, a new program to help AWS customers quickly locate APN Partners who have proven expertise delivering specific AWS services such as Amazon Aurora, or AWS Lambda. Attaining an AWS Service Delivery Distinction allows APN Partners to differentiate themselves by showcasing to AWS customers areas of specialization.

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AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, IoT Partner Solutions

AWS Competency Program & IoT Partners
The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS IoT Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas and categories.

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The AWS Partner Network (APN) makes it easier to find the right APN Partner to engage through the Partner Solutions Finder

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is making it easier to explore the APN Partner ecosystem by launching a new site called the AWS Partner Solutions Finder. Visit the AWS Partner Solutions Finder to discover APN Partners by Use Case, Industry, Product, or Location. Interested in learning more about a specific APN Partner? You can now search APN Partners of any tier within the APN. The Partner Solutions Finder gives you more visibility into APN Partners who are members of APN Programs including the AWS Competency, Service Delivery, and Managed Service Provider Programs. The new Partner Profile pages offer a new user experience that enables you to explore APN Partners either at a glance, or in detail. On the Partner Profile page, you can view the APN Partner’s skillset (validated by AWS), partner solutions and/or AWS-created case studies, and office locations. How can you engage with an APN Partner you identify through the Partner Solutions Finder? Simply click “connect” on the Partner Profile page, and the APN Partner will receive your inquiry.

Interested in accelerating your AWS Business? Find APN Partner Solutions today.

from What's New is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

It ain't no thang... only 'a small percentage' of 'hundreds of millions' affected...

Microsoft is still working to resolve "difficulties" faced by its Outlook customers, despite months of complaints about the disappearance of sent emails and 550 Errors.…

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OVH's northern customers offered steamy southern summer holiday

Bit barn lights are blinking in Singapore and Australia,
for members only

The lights are on at French cloud concern OVH's new bit barns in Australia and Singapore, but for now only current customers are allowed to board the bare metal.…

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Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

AWS has realised that desktop-as-a-service fleets need management too

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service.…

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Monday 28 November 2016

SwiftStack, Cohesity add public cloud on-ramps

On-premises IT suppliers conniving in its own destruction

+Comment  On-premises IT storage suppliers are actively working to water down the importance of on-site hardware by building on-ramps to the public cloud.…

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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

Cloud launched, but support, services, channel etc coming real soon, promise

Alibaba's Aliyun cloud may have switched on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home: the company has hired only a modest support team and is yet to hire the consultants, evangelists and other staff to help it achieve its stated aim of encouraging organisations to take their on-premises apps into the cloud.…

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Friday 25 November 2016

Azure's basic instances level up and gain new naming scheme

It looks a lot like Redmond has new servers with faster disks on tap

Microsoft's levelling up its A-series Azure virtual machines, the vanilla instances in its cloud, and has a new way of letting you know whats under the hood of a cloudy computer.…

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Thursday 24 November 2016

There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

VMware-friendly facility

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe.…

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Amazon Aurora now supports T2.Medium instances

Starting today you can launch t2.medium instances when using Amazon Aurora in addition to the R3 class instances previously available. Using t2.medium instances of Amazon Aurora will be a cost effective option for your smaller workloads like dev/test, still giving you the option to use larger R3 class instances for production deployment.  

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports Managed Updates for Single-Instance environments

You can now use Managed Updates for your single-instance environments in AWS Elastic Beanstalk. With Managed Updates, Elastic Beanstalk automatically updates your environment to the latest version of the underlying platform running your application during specified maintenance windows. Previously, you could only use Managed Updates for Load Balanced, auto scaling environments. To get started, you must enable Managed Updates using the Elastic Beanstalk console, EB CLI, or API.

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Amazon CloudFront adds new Edge Locations in Minneapolis, MN, Berlin, Germany and our Fourth in London, England

We are excited to announce new edge locations in the cities of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Berlin, Germany. We have also added a fourth edge location in London, England.  

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Introducing SaaS Connectors on Mobile Hub

Today we are announcing the SaaS Connectors feature for AWS Mobile Hub. SaaS Connectors make it easy to securely access data in 3rd party enterprise SaaS applications from your mobile apps.

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SQL Server Enterprise is now available with Amazon EC2 in expanded regions and for more instance types

Amazon EC2 now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition in AWS US West (N. California), South America (Sao Paolo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud regions running on any instance type with a minimum of 4 vCPUs, including M4, X1, R3, and several other instance types. You can now launch SQL Server Enterprise On-Demand on Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems. Reserved Instances pricing is coming soon.

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Elastic Load Balancing support for request tracing

We are pleased to announce support for request tracing, a unique identifier appended to the HTTP header of each request processed by an Application Load Balancer. This allows for each request to be uniquely identified, providing improved monitoring and request-level diagnostics. 

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Now Available: Updated AWS Business and Technical Accreditations for APN Partners

Today we released updated English-language versions of AWS Business Professional and AWS Technical Professional, free and online accreditation courses designed to help APN Partners articulate the benefits of AWS solutions and services. Both courses are available at no cost to APN Partners via the APN Portal and count toward APN tier requirements that help Partners advance. The 2016 English versions of each course add coverage of key new AWS services and features. For more information, visit Partner Training & Certification.

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Announcing the new AWS IoT Console, available today

Announcing the new AWS IoT console. We have redesigned the AWS IoT management console to make it even easier to use. The management console is the primary tool for interacting with and monitoring AWS IoT. This includes connecting your devices, diving into thing details, finding key resources, and testing with the MQTT client.

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AWS CloudFormation Introduces Resource Specifications, Cross-Stack Reference Update, and Coverage Updates

AWS CloudFormation now publishes a machine-readable specification of the AWS resources and properties it supports. The CloudFormation resource specification file is a JSON-formatted text file that can aid you in template authoring and validation. Visit here to learn more. 

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Amazon WorkDocs increases default storage to 1TB, enhances commenting, and updates sync clients

Today, Amazon WorkDocs released three updates. First, Amazon WorkDocs users will now have a storage quota of 1 TB, increased from 200 GB, at no additional charge. The new storage quota applies to new and existing customers, and for Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon WorkMail customers purchasing Amazon WorkDocs at the discounted rate. You can purchase additional storage at the rates published here.

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Outlook outage outrage

Mass-client borkage leaves netizens SMH over SMTP

An unknown issue affecting Microsoft's free email service Outlook has left users' email clients borked.…

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Four IBM data centres planned for Big Blue UK cloud

Sorry, data, the holiday's cancelled

IBM is expanding its UK data centre footprint, tripling the number of facilities in the region.…

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Glacier melt race increases vastly … for AWS cold storage

Sorry, no climate change. Just faster Glacier retrieval and new cloud hijinks with desktops-as-a-service-in-a-browser

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made a few price cut announcements a few days out from its Re:Invent shindig in Las Vegas.…

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Access your Amazon Glacier data in minutes with new retrieval options

You now have two new options to retrieve data from Amazon Glacier that allows you to access all the archives you need, when you need them, and for a simple, low price. Starting today, you can use Expedited retrievals to access data in 1 – 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved. Expedited retrievals allow you to quickly access your data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. And when you have large amounts of data to retrieve, even petabytes, you can use Bulk retrievals to access your data in approximately 5 – 12 hours for a flat rate of just $0.0025 per GB retrieved. Bulk retrievals allow you to cost-effectively access significant portions of your data for things like big data analytics and media transcoding. 

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Amazon S3 & Amazon Glacier Price Drops

Today, AWS announced that we are collapsing Amazon S3 price tiers and reducing storage prices across Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. We will collapse the number of Amazon S3 price tiers from six to three – 0-50 TB; 50 TB-500 TB; and 500+ TB – making it easier to understand your bill and project future costs. We will also reduce Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage prices by more than 20% in most regions. Together, these changes will help AWS customers even further reduce their cost of storage while still enjoying the simplicity, durability, and massive scalability of Amazon’s object storage services.

AWS customers will see the effect of these prices in their billing effective December 1, 2016. Check out the AWS blog for further detail.  

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Sends State Changes to CloudWatch Events

Amazon ECS now sends container instance and task state changes to CloudWatch Events. In the past, in order to obtain updates on the state of a running Amazon ECS cluster, customers have had to rely on periodically polling the state of container instances and tasks using the AWS CLI or an SDK. With the new Amazon ECS event stream feature, it is now possible to retrieve near real-time, event-driven updates on the state of your Amazon ECS tasks and container instances. Events are delivered through Amazon CloudWatch Events, and can be routed to any valid CloudWatch Events target, such as an AWS Lambda function or an Amazon SNS topic. 

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Monday 21 November 2016

AWS Lambda Available in US West (N. California)

AWS Lambda is now available in US West (N. California) region.

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Amazon WorkMail now allows you to use journaling to support compliance requirements

Amazon WorkMail now offers SMTP journaling, which allows you to record all email communication sent or received by your Amazon WorkMail organization. By enabling journaling, you can integrate with third party compliance solutions for email archiving and e-discovery, allowing you to meet your data security and information protection policies.  

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AWS CloudTrail Supports S3 Data Events

AWS CloudTrail now supports Amazon S3 Data Events. You can now record all API actions on S3 Objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account of the caller, IAM user role of the caller, time of the API call, IP address of the API, and other details. All events are delivered to a S3 bucket and CloudWatch Events, allowing you to take programmatic actions on the events. For example, if the Access Control Lists (ACLs) of an object are modified, you can quickly reapply the original ACLs on that object.

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Amazon API Gateway Available in US West (N. California)

Amazon API Gateway is now available in US West (N. California) region.

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Amazon EMR now supports using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase

You can now use Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase on Amazon EMR using the EMR File System. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase, you can separate your cluster’s storage and compute nodes. This enables you to save costs by sizing your cluster for your compute requirements instead of paying to store your entire dataset with 3x replication in the on-cluster Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

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Amazon Route 53 Now Supports Health Checks of IPv6 Endpoints

We are excited to announce that Amazon Route 53 health checks now support endpoints with Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses. Last month, Amazon Route 53 began rolling out support for DNS queries over IPv6. With today’s release, customers can now use Amazon Route 53 health checks to monitor resources with IPv6 addresses.  

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Announcing CloudWatch Metrics Price Reduction and New Volume-Based Pricing Tiers

We are reducing the base price of CloudWatch Metrics from $0.50 per metric per month to $0.30 per metric per month, a 40% reduction in price. In addition, we are introducing new volume-based tiered pricing with even lower prices per metric, with savings up to 96%. These will take effect in all regions beginning December 1, 2016.  

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Amazon SES Now Offers Dedicated IP Addresses

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now offers dedicated IP addresses, which enable you to manage the reputation of the IP addresses that Amazon SES uses to send your email. Dedicated IP addresses, often simply called dedicated IPs, are Amazon SES IP addresses that are reserved exclusively for your email sending. 

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Saturday 19 November 2016

Amazon Redshift introduces multibyte (UTF-8) character support for database object names and updated ODBC/JDBC

You can now use multibyte (UTF-8) characters in Amazon Redshift table, column, and other database object names. For more information, see Names and Identifiers in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. To support this new feature, we have updated the Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers. The driver updates include support for multibyte characters and other enhancements. For details, see Amazon Redshift JDBC Release Notes and Amazon Redshift ODBC Release Notes.

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Amazon WorkSpaces now allows you to access your virtual cloud desktop using Chrome and Firefox

You can now access your Amazon WorkSpaces through Chrome and Firefox web browsers, using a new feature called Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access. Web Access establishes a secure connection to your Amazon WorkSpace from the browser, giving you safe access to your cloud desktop from almost anywhere you can connect to the public internet, all without having to install a client.

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Friday 18 November 2016

AWS CloudFormation Supports AWS Serverless Application Model, AWS Lambda Environment Variables, and New CLI Commands

You can now provision and manage resources for AWS Lambda-based applications using AWS CloudFormation and the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). SAM helps you more effectively model, package, and deploy “serverless” applications which use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon API Gateway. SAM is a specification for describing Lambda-based applications and offers a syntax designed specifically for expressing serverless resources. Learn more about SAM here.

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Amazon EMR now supports Auto Scaling and configurable scale down behavior

You can now configure policies to automatically add (scale out) and terminate (scale in) nodes in your Amazon EMR cluster. Amazon EMR can programmatically scale out applications like Apache Spark and Apache Hive to utilize additional nodes for increased performance and scale in the number of nodes in your cluster to save costs when utilization is low. Your cluster can scale based on Amazon CloudWatch metrics provided by Amazon EMR, including YARN utilization metrics.

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Introducing the AWS Serverless Application Model

The AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM, previously known as Project Flourish) extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the Amazon API Gateway APIs, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon DynamoDB tables needed by your serverless application.

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AWS Lambda Supports Environment Variables

You can now set environment variables for your Lambda functions, making it easy for you to configure your code for development, test, and production without having to change the function’s implementation. You can provide key-value pairs as part of your function configuration and access them easily within your function code at execution time simply by reading environment variables. You can easily create and modify environment variables from the AWS Lambda Console, CLI or SDKs.  

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Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

These latest Quick Starts automatically deploy two products from Informatica, Big Data Management and PowerCenter, on the AWS Cloud. Informatica is an advanced AWS technology partner that provides data integration software and services. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in partnership with the Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter teams, to integrate solutions and services from both companies. 

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Announcing Third Edge Location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront. Hong Kong now has three edge locations which brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 65. 

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Amazon GameLift Adds On Demand Fleet and Instance Access

Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service that makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer game servers in the cloud. GameLift has launched a new feature, remote instance access. This feature enables game developers to access fleets and instances in real time to debug their game or better understand player behavior. 

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support For Clip Stitching

You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to stitch together two or more input clips to create a longer clip in the desired output format(s). You can do this by specifying multiple inputs when creating a transcode job on Amazon Elastic Transcoder. Clips are stitched together in the order that they are specified in the job request. For each input, you can specify a Start Time and a Duration, which allows you to stitch together only the parts of each input that you want included in the output. You can leverage clip stitching to create highlight clips or add bumpers and trailers to your videos as part of the transcode process. 

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Trusted Advisor enables automated actions and custom notifications

You can now create configurable, rule-based events for notifications and automated actions based on AWS Trusted Advisor’s library of best-practice checks using Amazon CloudWatch Events. With this new integration, you can now more easily build workflows and processes that are triggered by the status of individual Trusted Advisor checks. 

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Google gently leads Intel into its cloud: This is for your own good

All is well, rejoice, rejoice, let's get into the white 'n' fluffy

Intel has caved to Google pressure over data centre silicon and has joined hands with Mountain View to fly you into the white and fluffy cloud of everyone else's enterprise future.…

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AWS CodePipeline Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS region.  

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Binary Data Now Supported by API Gateway

You can now send and receive binary data through API endpoints hosted on Amazon API Gateway. Binary data can either pass through directly or be converted to Base64 encoded text.

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Thursday 17 November 2016

AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds Netezza and Greenplum Sources

We are pleased to announce that the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) has added two more data warehouses as sources for schema conversion. SCT can now convert Netezza and Greenplum data warehouse schemas to their equivalent in Amazon Redshift giving you the flexibility to move AWS’ fast, fully-managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse.

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Apple iCloud stores call histories

Want to keep your call records private? Disconnect from iCloud

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same.…

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Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK is now in public preview

The Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK allows you to integrate your applications with Amazon WorkDocs. By using the Administrative SDK, you can perform content and permissions updates, and manage users, programmatically. This means your content management, content migration, virus-scanning, data loss prevention (DLP), and eDiscovery apps can now also work with content stored on Amazon WorkDocs.

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Amazon SQS Introduces FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing and Lower Prices for Standard Queues

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) for applications that require messages to be processed in a strict sequence and exactly once using First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues. FIFO queues are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved and that each message is processed exactly once.

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Amazon CloudWatch adds new Dashboards widgets

Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of two new Dashboards widgets that provides additional data visualization options for CloudWatch Metrics. The Number widget is a view of the latest data-point of the metric giving customers a “glance-able” update to understand the state of a resource. The Stacked area graph widget helps customers visualize the contribution of individual metrics and their impact in totality. 

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AWS Service Catalog Administrator API set now available

Starting today, IT Administrators, IT Asset managers and Central Cloud teams can integrate with AWS Service Catalog administrator actions using the AWS API and CLI. Previously, you could setup AWS Service Catalog products and portfolios only through the AWS Management Console. Now you can automate call patterns, or integrate with your private console or ITIL management tool. Additionally, we are announcing AWS Service Catalog APIs and admin console now support AWS CloudTrail logging.  

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Elastic Load Balancing: Support for CloudWatch percentile metrics

We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports percentile metrics, providing customers with improved visibility into the performance of their applications.

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Amazon CloudWatch adds support for percentiles

Amazon CloudWatch announced support for percentiles on CloudWatch Metrics. This new capability allows customers to visualize and alarm on any percentile of an AWS or custom metric.

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Memset outage was caused by split brains

Data centre owner Everest says routers in stack ran different software versions

Cloudy hosting biz Memset's outage yesterday has been explained by data centre operator Everest DC: a power outage combined with stacked routers each running different software versions.…

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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

POPs dropped into DCs for better performance and local peering

Sysadmins need a "nice" user experience, Dropbox reckons, and Daniel Iversen (head of solution architects for Dropbox Asia Pacific) told The Register that was in mind when the outfit pushed out a bunch of new admin capabilities.…

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'G' is for 'Google' and 'GPU' and 'gaining on other clouds'

Yet another cloud workstation hits the market, plus some grunt for artificial braniacs

Google's followed its cloudy rivals into the servers-plus-GPUs caper, announcing that “Early in 2017, Google Cloud Platform will offer GPUs worldwide for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users.”…

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

AWS looks to add 'bill collector' to its list of cloud offerings

Amazon offers to handle payments for third-party SaaS devs

Amazon Web Services has opened a store that will allow customers to purchase additional software-as-a-service products and pay with their monthly AWS bill.…

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AWS CloudTrail Now Tracks Cross-Account Activity to Its Origin

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and AWS Security Token Service (STS) to set up cross-account access between AWS accounts. When you assume an IAM role in another AWS account to obtain cross-account access to services and resources in that account, AWS CloudTrail logs the cross-account activity. Starting today, CloudTrail logs AssumeRole calls in the role-owning account (the account being accessed), including the unique ID of the IAM entity (a user or role) assuming the role in the account being accessed. This additional information helps you identify the entity that requested cross-account access and then trace its subsequent cross-account activity.

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AWS CodeCommit Available in EU (Ireland) Region

AWS CodeCommit is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS region.

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Announcing regional expansion of Amazon EC2 P2 instances

Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

To learn more about these instance types, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page, the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on Instance Types, or the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

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Amazon EMR now supports fine-grained access control using cluster tags

You can now use cluster tags to enable fine-grained access control on Amazon EMR clusters. Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy statements, you can use conditions to allow or deny actions on clusters with tags and tag values that you specify. Additionally, you can use a policy statement that requires users to add specific tags when a cluster is created. Fine-grained access control using cluster tags is available on all Amazon EMR releases that support tags.

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Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

Redmond's cloud has early-morning hiccup

Microsoft says it has recovered from the issues that left some Azure customers unable to access the cloud service in the US.…

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Now available: IAM console updates that make it easier to create and manage users

Today, we updated the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to create and manage your IAM users. These improvements include an updated user creation workflow and new ways to assign and manage permissions. The new user workflow guides you through the process of setting user details, including enabling programmatic access (via access key) and console access (via password). In addition, you can assign permissions by adding users to a group, copying permissions from an existing user, and attaching policies directly to users. We also introduced 10 new AWS managed policies that align with common job functions in organizations that you can use to assign permissions. Finally, we updated the tools to view details and manage permissions for existing users. 

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SaaS Subscriptions now available from AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,500 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Subscriptions. With this feature, customers consume software directly through an API or web browser and sellers manage and update the product. Customers can now subscribe to SaaS and API products through AWS Marketplace and pay on an existing AWS bill. Following the launch of SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, customers will be able to choose from more products than ever before and sellers will have greater access to the AWS customer base.

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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

Tell us what you really think

Reader Survey  We've put up with relentless marketing and promotion of cloud for over five years now, but how much has the world really moved on?…

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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

Elon Musk's AI effort lobs into Azure, which now has Functions, bots and very grunty instances

A little over eight years ago, then-Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer came to Australia, told developers that Microsoft loved them and predicted that within a decade average homes would have screens on just about every wall and that thanks to Microsoft services and the earnest efforts of clever developers we'd always have information and entertainment at our fingertips.…

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Automate Amazon Kinesis Streams scaling and shard limit monitoring using new APIs

Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to capture, store, and analyze terabytes of data per hour from clickstreams, financial transactions, social media feeds, and more. Starting today, you can use the new UpdateShardCount API to scale your streams up and down automatically to match your data volume and processing needs in real time. For example, you can call UpdateShardCount from an AWS Lambda function to automatically scale the shard capacity in your stream in response to an Amazon CloudWatch alarm or Amazon CloudWatch metric. For more information, see UpdateShardCount in the Amazon Kinesis Streams Service API Reference.

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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Amazon QuickSight Now Generally Available

Amazon QuickSight is now generally available for all customers. At 1/10th the cost of traditional BI solutions, QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy for you to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. You can upload Excel files, connect to databases like SQLServer, MySQL or PostgreSQL, in the cloud or on-premises; access third-party applications, like Salesforce; or analyze data from other AWS services such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon S3. QuickSight’s power stems from its Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation, Engine (SPICE), which delivers fast and responsive query performance and scales to hundreds of thousands of users. Once you’ve built your analysis or dashboard, you can access QuickSight via your web browser or your iOS mobile app and securely share your insights with colleagues and stakeholders.  

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Amazon Route 53 Announces Self Service Tool to Associate Amazon VPCs and Private Hosted Zones That are Created with Different AWS Accounts

You can now use Amazon Route 53, AWS's highly available and scalable DNS service, to easily manage association of Amazon VPCs and private hosted zones that you create with different AWS accounts with the same simplicity, security, and effectiveness that Route 53 already provides for VPC to Private Hosted Zone association. You can use the Route 53 Private DNS to manage authoritative DNS within your Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), so you can use custom domain names for your internal AWS resources belonging to different accounts without exposing DNS data to the public Internet. This gives you greater leverage to manage your security and account pairing more effectively via self-service. Earlier this was only possible via engaging support. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces introduces new Graphics bundles

Today we announced the availability of Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles. These new bundles offer a virtual cloud desktop which includes a high-end GPU that supports engineering, design, and architectural applications. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles apply the same benefits of security, economics, flexibility, and agility to a graphics-capable desktop running on the AWS cloud. In addition, if you are already using the AWS cloud to run simulations on large datasets, using Amazon WorkSpace Graphics bundles for visualization of simulation results offers a faster end user experience because your apps stay close to your data. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles allow you to run high-end graphics applications on low-cost hardware, which means you can do away with expensive physical workstations and save money.

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