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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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Dropbox Free Storage for Students

Recently Dropbox has added a new bonus for Students: Double your space by verifying your .edu e-mail address The promotion is called: Join the Great Space Race And Dropbox boasts: Earn free space for your school for two years Dropbox will give you 3GB for free for verifying your school e-mail address, and then as your school collects points for people verifying their .edu email addresses, it’s possible to get up to an extra 25GB of space form the educational “space race” From Dropbox: Earn free Dropbox space for everyone at your school! Join Space Race to get an extra 3 GB for two years, plus the space your school earns! They have a few terms that go along with it, stating: Term. Individuals may participate in the Dropbox Space Race Program (“Program”) from October 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) to December 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PT (the “Sign-Up Period”). Participants are required to determine the appropriate beginning and ending times in the Sign-Up Period for their respective jurisdictions. The Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Program. Here is a graph showing the progress chart for Universities:

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