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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