Greetings from Las Vegas, host city for AWS re: Invent!
AWS Senior Vice President Andy Jassy kicked off AWS re: Invent with a rousing 90 minute keynote presentation in front of 6,000 attendees, with another 13,000 watching the live stream. Andy’s talk covered a lot of ground! Starting with the history and growth of AWS over the last 6.5 years, he talked about important AWS use cases including web site hosting, gaming, social media, high performance computing (HPC), media distribution and streaming, disaster recovery, and more. He noted that AWS has hundreds of thousands of customers in 190 countries. This includes over 300 government agencies and 1500 educational institutions. Andy also used this opportunity to reveal some updated statistics on the growth of AWS – over 1.3 trillion objects in Amazon S3 (accessed at a rate of over 835,000 requests per second) and 3.7 million Hadoop clusters launched on Elastic MapReduce in the past two years.
During the keynote we also announced Amazon Redshift, our new data warehouse product and an Amazon S3 price reduction, drawing applause from the live audience and a similarly appreciative reaction online.
Amazon Redshift Amazon Redshift is a fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. Redshift offers you fast query performance when analyzing virtually any size data set using the same SQL-based tools and business intelligence applications you use today. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can launch a Redshift cluster, starting with a few hundred gigabytes of data and scaling to a petabyte or more, for under $1,000 per terabyte per year.
Amazon Redshift is designed for developers or businesses that require the full features and capabilities of a relational data warehouse. It is certified by Jaspersoft and MicroStrategy, with additional business intelligence tools coming soon.
To learn more and sign up for an invitation to the limited preview, please visit the Amazon Redshift detail page.
Amazon S3 price reduction In addition, AWS also announced our 24th price reduction since 2006 with yet another reduction on our Amazon S3 service. We’ve reduced the Amazon S3 standard storage and Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) prices in all nine of our regions. With this price change, all Amazon S3 standard storage and RRS customers will see a reduction in their storage costs. We are reducing standard storage prices 24-27% in the US Standard region, with similar price reductions across all other regions. We are reducing our 0-1TB storage tier in the US Standard region to $0.095/GB, a 24% price reduction. We are making similar reductions across all of our storage tiers for storage up to 5000TBs. The new lower prices for all regions can be found on the Amazon S3 pricing changes announcement page. New prices are effective December 1st and will be applied to your bill for all storage on or after this date. We are happy to pass along these savings to you as we continue to scale, innovate and drive down our costs.
AWS Marketplace supports Windows software Lastly, the AWS Marketplace now supports software built on Microsoft Windows Server. Customers can quickly discover and deploy Windows software titles to the AWS Cloud, including well known business intelligence, database, and hosting solutions from software vendors like MicroStrategy,Quest Software, and Parallels. You can now 1-click deploy software on Amazon EC2 instances running Windows Server, including 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 editions of Windows Server, paying only for what you use and scaling your software up or down as needed.
If you are a Windows ISV or software reseller you can list your software in AWS Marketplace and make your solutions available to hundreds of thousands of active AWS customers around the world. AWS Marketplace handles all billing, collections, and disbursements, with software revenue deposited directly into the software vendor’s or reseller’s account.
Join us Thursday morning at 8:30am for our second keynote address with Werner Vogels, CTO Amazon.com. He’ll share with you his thoughts on building apps for the 21st century and will have guests from Pinterest and Animoto. Then, in the afternoon, we’ll have a special fireside chat at 1:30pm with Werner Vogels and Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO Amazon.com.
Sincerely, Amazon Web Services