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C5 Instances are finally available!

Posted on November 8th 2017

New compute-intensive C5 instances are available today in six sizes for launch in three AWS regions! These instances are designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding. The new instances offer a 25% price/performance improvement over the C4 instances, with over 50% for some workloads. They also have additional memory per vCPU, and (for code that can make use of the new AVX-512 instructions), twice the performance for vector and floating point workloads.

Elasticsearch Service Now Supports VPC

Posted on October 18th 2017

Starting today, you can connect to your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains from within an Amazon VPC without the need for NAT instances or Internet gateways. VPC support for Amazon ES is easy to configure, reliable, and offers an extra layer of security. With VPC support, traffic between other services and Amazon ES stays entirely within the AWS network, isolated from the public Internet. You can manage network access using existing VPC security groups, and you can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies for additional protection. VPC support for Amazon ES domains is available at no additional charge.

Now Available - Amazon Linux AMI 2017.09

Posted on October 4th 2017

The latest version of the Amazon Linux AMI (2017.09) is now available in all AWS Regions for all current-generation EC2 instances. The AMI contains a supported and maintained Linux image that is designed to provide a stable, secure, high performance environment for applications running on EC2.

Pinpoint Launches Two Way Text Messaging

Posted on September 27th 2017

AWS Pinpoint users can now programmatically respond to their end-users’ text messages. Users can provision both short codes and long codes (10-digit phone numbers) which send inbound messages to an SNS topic.

Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes

Posted on September 20th 2017

Effective October 2nd, usage of Linux instances that are launched in On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot form will be billed in one-second increments. Similarly, provisioned storage for EBS volumes will be billed in one-second increments.

Network Load Balancer Announced

Posted on September 11th 2017

Amazon released a new type of load balancer called a Network Load Balancer which allows the user to balance TCP traffic with long-running connections, source address preservation, and static IP addresses for each subnet. All of this can be done to the rate of millions of requests per second and the usual features you would expect from Amazon load balancing.

New G3 Instances

Posted on August 6th 2017

Amazon has released a new GPU-powered instance type "g3". Each instance GPU supports 8 GiB of GPU memory, 2048 parallel processing cores, and a hardware encoder capable of supporting up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams and up to 18 H.264 1080p30 streams, making them a great fit for 3D rendering & visualization, virtual reality, video encoding, remote graphics workstation (NVIDIA GRID), and other server-side graphics workloads that need a massive amount of parallel processing power. The GPUs support OpenGL 4.5, DirectX 12.0, CUDA 8.0, and OpenCL 1.2. When you launch a G3 instance you have access to an NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation License and can make use of the NVIDIA GRID driver without purchasing a license on your own.

High Resolution CloudWatch Metrics

Posted on August 2nd 2017

CloudWatch is used in most production setups in AWS and metrics have always been stored at five minute intervals with the ability to add "detailed monitoring" for one minute intervals on your most critical pieces of infrastructure.

AWS Training and Certification Portal

Posted on May 28th 2017

Previously, you had to rely on multiple websites to find and manage training and certification offerings. Now you have a central place where you can find and enroll in AWS Training, register for AWS Certification exams, track your learning progress, and access benefits based on the AWS Certifications you have achieved. This makes it easier for you to build your AWS Cloud skills and advance toward earning AWS Certification.

[New tutorial] Introduction to AWS Lex

Posted on May 3rd 2017

A brief introduction to using AWS Lex to create a bot that executes a Lambda function. AWS Lex is a service for you to build conversational bots that can execute functions based on given input from the user. You can use these bots with other third parties like Slack and Facebook Messenger.

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