Tag: News

New – Gigabit Connectivity Options for Amazon Direct Connect

gives you the ability to create private network connections between your datacenter, office, or colocation environment and AWS. The connections start at your network and end at one of 91 AWS Direct Connect locations and can reduce your network costs, increase throughput, and deliver a more consistent experience than an Internet-based connection. In most cases […]

In the Works – EC2 Instances (G4) with NVIDIA T4 GPUs

I’ve written about the power and value of GPUs in the past, and I have written posts to launch many generations of GPU-equipped EC2 instances including the CG1, G2, G3, P2, P3, and P3dn instance types. Today I would like to give you a sneak peek at our newest GPU-equipped instance, the G4. Designed for […]

New – Open Distro for Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch is a distributed, document-oriented search and analytics engine. It supports structured and unstructured queries, and does not require a schema to be defined ahead of time. Elasticsearch can be used as a search engine, and is often used for web-scale log analytics, real-time application monitoring, and clickstream analytics. Originally launched as a true open […]

New – RISC-V Support in the FreeRTOS Kernel

FreeRTOS is a popular operating system designed for small, simple processors often known as microcontrollers. It is available under the MIT open source license and runs on many different Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs). Amazon FreeRTOS extends FreeRTOS with a collection of IoT-oriented libraries that provide additional networking and security features including support for Bluetooth Low […]

Now Available – Five New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances: M5, M5d, R5, R5d, and z1d

Today we are launching the five new EC2 bare metal instances that I promised you a few months ago. Your operating system runs on the underlying hardware and has direct access to the processor and other hardware. The instances are powered by AWS-custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor (Skylake) processors that deliver sustained all-core Turbo performance. […]

New – Infrequent Access Storage Class for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

lets you create petabyte-scale file systems that can be accessed in massively parallel fashion from hundreds or thousands of EC2 instances and on-premises servers, while scaling on demand without disrupting applications. Since the mid-2016 launch of EFS, we have added many new features including encryption of data at rest and in transit, a provisioned throughput […]

New – TLS Termination for Network Load Balancers

When you access a web site using the HTTPS protocol, a whole lot of interesting work (formally known as an SSL/TLS handshake) happens to create and maintain a secure communication channel. Your client (browser) and the web server work together to negotiate a mutually agreeable cipher, exchange keys, and set up a session key. Once […]

Amazon WorkLink – Secure, One-Click Mobile Access to Internal Websites and Applications

We want to make it easier for you and your colleagues to use your mobile devices to access internal corporate websites and applications. Our goal is to give your workforce controlled access to valuable intranet content while maintaining a strong security profile. Introducing Today I would like to tell you about . You get seamless […]

AWS Backup – Automate and Centrally Manage Your Backups

AWS gives you the power to easily and dynamically create file systems, block storage volumes, relational databases, NoSQL databases, and other resources that store precious data. You can create them on a moment’s notice as the need arises, giving you access to as much storage as you need and opening the door to large-scale cloud […]

Behind the Scenes & Under the Carpet – The CenturyLink Network that Powered AWS re:Invent 2018

If you are a long-time reader, you may have already figured out that I am fascinated by the behind-the-scenes and beneath-the-streets activities that enable and power so much of our modern world. For example, late last year I told you how The AWS Cloud Goes Underground at re:Invent and shared some information about the communication […]

Podcast #289: A Look at Amazon FSx For Windows File Server

In this episode, Simon speaks with Andrew Crudge (Senior Product Manager, FSx) about this newly released service, capabilities available to customers and how to make the best use of it in your environment. Additional Resources FSx for Windows File Server FSx Getting Started FSx Features FSx Pricing FSx FAQs FSx for Windows Tech Talk FSx […]

New – Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility): Fast, Scalable, and Highly Available

A glance at the AWS Databases page will show you that we offer an incredibly wide variety of databases, each one purpose-built to address a particular need! In order to help you build the coolest and most powerful applications, you can mix and match relational, key-value, in-memory, graph, time series, and ledger databases. Introducing Today […]

Western Digital HDD Simulation at Cloud Scale – 2.5 Million HPC Tasks, 40K EC2 Spot Instances

Earlier this month my colleague Bala Thekkedath published a story about Extreme Scale HPC and talked about how AWS customer Western Digital built a cloud-scale HPC cluster on AWS and used it to simulate crucial elements of upcoming head designs for their next-generation hard disk drives (HDD). The simulation described in the story encompassed a […]

Now Open – AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

The AWS Region in Sweden that I promised you last year is now open and you can start using it today! The official name is and the API name is eu-north-1. This is our fifth region in Europe, joining the existing regions in , , , and . Together, these regions provide you with a […]

And Now a Word from Our AWS Heroes…

Whew! Now that 2018 has wrapped up, the AWS Blog Team is taking some time to relax, recharge, and to prepare for 2019. In order to wrap up the year in style, we have asked several of the to write guest blog posts on an AWS-related topic of their choice. You will get to hear […]

New – EC2 P3dn GPU Instances with 100 Gbps Networking & Local NVMe Storage for Faster Machine Learning + P3 Price Reduction

Late last year I told you about Amazon EC2 P3 instances and also spent some time discussing the concept of the Tensor Core, a specialized compute unit that is designed to accelerate machine learning training and inferencing for large, deep neural networks. Our customers love P3 instances and are using them to run a wide […]

New – AWS Well-Architected Tool – Review Workloads Against Best Practices

Back in 2015 we launched the AWS Well-Architected Framework and I asked Are You Well-Architected? The framework includes five pillars that encapsulate a set of core strategies and best practices for architecting systems in the cloud: Operational Excellence – Running and managing systems to deliver business value. Security – Protecting information and systems. Reliability – […]

New for AWS Lambda – Use Any Programming Language and Share Common Components

I remember the excitement when was announced in 2014! Four years on, customers are using functions for many different use cases. For example, iRobot is using AWS Lambda to provide compute services for their Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, Fannie Mae to run Monte Carlo simulations for millions of mortgages, Bustle to serve billions of requests for their digital content. Today, we are introducing […]

New – Compute, Database, Messaging, Analytics, and Machine Learning Integration for AWS Step Functions

is a fully managed workflow service for application developers. You can think & work at a high level, connecting and coordinating activities in a reliable and repeatable way, while keeping your business logic separate from your workflow logic. After you design and test your workflows (which we call state machines), you can deploy them at […]

New – AWS Toolkits for PyCharm, IntelliJ (Preview), and Visual Studio Code (Preview)

Software developers have their own preferred tools. Some use powerful editors, others Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) that are tailored for specific languages and platforms. In 2014 I created my first function using the editor in the console. Now, you can choose from a rich set of tools to build and deploy serverless applications. For example, the […]