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AWS Newsletter – December 2012

AWS NewsletterDecember 2012 Introducing Amazon RedshiftSign up for an invitation to the limited preview of Amazon Redshift, 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. It is certified by Jaspersoft and MicroStrategy, with additional business intelligence tools coming soon.

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Uncaught exception ‘CFCredentials_Exception’ with message ‘No credentials were provided. [solved]

If you’re using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK (Software Developer Kit) version 1.5 “Allegro” for PHP you may have noticed an error like: Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘CFCredentials_Exception’ with message ‘No credentials were provided. The SDK attempts to retrieve Instance Profile credentials from the EC2 Instance Metadata Service, but doing this requires the “default_cache_config” option to be set in the config.inc.php file or constructor. In order to cache the retrieved credentials.’ in #0 amazon-php-sdk/sdk-1.5.17.1/sdk.class.php:439 Stack trace: amazon-php-sdk/sdk-1.5.17.1/services/ec2.class.php(155): CFRuntime->__construct(Array) #1 amazon-php-sdk/sdk-1.5.17.1/_samples/cli-ec2_sorting_and_filtering.php(59): AmazonEC2->__construct() #2 {main} thrown in amazon-php-sdk/sdk-1.5.17.1/sdk.class.php on line 439 My solution was fairly simple – the PHP SDK download has a config-sample.inc.php file that you can copy to config.inc.php and then add your AWS key and secret key. After doing that you should be good to go.

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AWS Control Panel Gets a CSS / Design Refresh

Amazon EC2, CloudFront, and all of the other Amazon Web Services have received a CSS / Design refresh after a few years of using the previous design. A few highlights on the new design: Dropdown Selection of all AWS Services This has been available for at least a few months. Amazon was adding so many “tabs” to the previous horizontal layout that they ran out of space. Configurable View Options Much like WordPress’s “Screen Options” Amazon has added some settings for how you view items in the toolbar: Collapsable Sidebar Amazon now gives you the option to collapse the sidebar more easily (previously you could resize it). Toggling it is a more effective way to quickly see more of the columns in the panel on the right. Quick Toggle for the Properties Panel There are now three icons in to quickly toggle sizes in the Properties Panel at the bottom There have been a few other changes to try and make the panel more “responsive” and friendlier for small screen sizes. However, I would still rather use a mobile app to manage EC2 instances on my phone.

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Scale On-Demand and Reduce your Backup and File Share Costs with AWS Storage Gateway

Dear Amazon Web Services Customer, Find out more about how you can use the AWS Storage Gateway to reduce the cost of your departmental backup and file share storage by joining our Dec 5, 10am PST webinar. During the webinar, we’ll discuss how you can easily deploy our recently launched Gateway-Cached volumes feature to reliably back up your on-premises data to Amazon S3. We’ll also discuss how you can seamlessly store your corporate file shares on Amazon S3, minimizing the need to scale your storage on-premises, while retaining low-latency access to your frequently accessed files. After the presentation, we will be answering questions from the audience. Register here for the webinar. Time: 10:00-11:00 AM PST Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Sincerely, The AWS Storage Gateway Team

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AWS re: Invent Day 2 Highlights & Announcements

Hello again from AWS re: Invent! The second day of AWS re: Invent in Las Vegas started off with a great talk from Amazon.com CTO Dr. Werner Vogels. After a brief recap of yesterday’s announcements (Amazon Redshift and the S3 price reduction), Werner discussed the role of system architecture in today’s world of unconstrained, programmatic access to processing, storage, and network resources. He emphasized that new architectures must be scalable, fault-tolerant, high-performance, and cost-effective. His talk included guest speakers from Pinterest and Animoto, along with live, dynamic demos conducted by AWS Evangelists Matt Wood and Simone Brunozzi. Werner announced a pair of new Amazon EC2 instance types, one for high storage applications and another for high memory applications. He also announced the AWS Data Pipeline. New Amazon EC2 instances Two new Amazon EC2 instance types will be made available to customers in the US East (Virginia) region in the coming weeks. High Storage Instances are a new Amazon EC2 instance optimized for customers that need high storage depth and high sequential I/O for applications like data warehousing, Hadoop and data-intensive HPC. High Storage instances will be available in a single size, High Storage Eight Extra Large (hs1.8xlarge), and have 16 virtual cores, 24 hard disk drives, 48 TB of storage capacity, 117 GiB of RAM and 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking. Cluster High Memory instances are another new Amazon EC2 cluster instance type optimized for memory-intensive analytics and scientific computing. Cluster High Memory instances will be available in a single size, … Continue reading

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AWS re: Invent Day 1 Highlights & Announcements

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 … Continue reading

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Introducing the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet

Amazon has introduced a new product – the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet Features for the new tablet include: Stunning 8.9″ HD display, exclusive Dolby audio, and fastest Wi-Fi 1920×1200 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology High performance 1.5Ghz dual-core processor Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, etc Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content Kindle FreeTime – a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids Prime Instant Video Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

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AWS re: Invent is almost sold out, register now

AWS re: Invent is only three weeks away and conference passes will likely be sold out this week. Register soon or you will miss your opportunity to join the largest gathering of the AWS community. We have a great line-up of content for you to choose from with 16 tracks and over 150 sessions including: Building Web-Scale Applications with AWS, James Hamilton, VP & Distinguished Engineer, AWS and Simon Elisha, Principal Solution Architect, AWS High Available Architecture at Netflix, Adrian Cockcroft, Director of Cloud Architecture, Netflix Security of the AWS Cloud, Stephen Schmidt, Chief Info Security Officer, AWS Zero to Millions of Requests, Khawaja Shams, Software Engineer, NASA and Spencer Dillard, Sr. Product Manager, AWS AWS Infrastructure Automation, Chris Munns, Solution Architect, AWS Amazon Relational Database Service Best Practices, Grant McAlister, Sr. Principal Engineer, AWS Architecting for High Availability and Multi-Availability Zones on AWS, Attila Narin, Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture, AWS Important Details Conference Dates: November 27-29 Location: The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV Full Conference Pass: $1099 Live Stream Keynotes from AWS re: Invent Can’t make it to Las Vegas for AWS re: Invent? Join us virtually for the live broadcast of the visionary keynote sessions including: Wednesday, November 28 8:30am – 10:00am PT Andy Jassy Thursday, November 29 8:30am – 10:00am PT Werner Vogels Thursday, November 29 1:30pm – 2:30pm PT Fireside Chat with Jeff Bezos and Werner Vogels Speakers Andy JassySr. Vice PresidentAmazon Web Services Werner VogelsCTOAmazon.com Jeff BezosFounder & CEOAmazon.com We look forward to seeing you in … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos to speak at “AWS re: Invent”

We are excited to announce that Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon has been added to the AWS re: Invent agenda in Las Vegas, November 27-29. Jeff will keynote the conference alongside Andy Jassy, Sr. VP of AWS and Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. Register today to hear these visionary technology leaders speak at AWS’s inaugural customer and partner conference. In addition to these keynotes, AWS re:Invent will feature 150 sessions delivered by the engineering teams behind the AWS Cloud and customers from around the world such as Netflix, NASA JPL, McGraw Hill, Robert Half International, Thomson Reuters, Nokia Siemens, Intuit, Pinterest, SocialCam, SmugMug, TinyCo, and more.

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Amazon RDS Webinars Available

Dear EC2 User, I work in the Business Development team for Amazon Database Services. We co-ordinate interactions between AWS customers and the product teams for DynamoDB, ElastiCache, and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). In case you’re not familiar with RDS, it’s a web service designed to make it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. We’re running a series of free webinars that will highlight examples and best practices used by RDS customers to help improve performance, reduce costs, and eliminate most of the effort of database administration. Details of the next event are: Save time and effort. Focus on your app with Amazon RDS Amazon RDS simplifies database administration, giving you more time to build and optimize your applications 13 September 2012, 10.00AM to 11:00AM PDT This webinar will provide detailed information on customer use cases and best practices.Topics include: performance, security, migration and data protection. I hope you can make it. Regards, David Pearson Business Development Manager

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