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Amazon data center size « Huan Liu's Blog. (Edit 3/16/2012: I am surprised that this post is picked up by a lot of media outlets.

Amazon data center size « Huan Liu's Blog

Given the strong interest, I want to emphasize what is measured and what is derived. The # of server racks in EC2 is what I am directly observing. By assuming 64 physical servers in a rack, I can derive the rough server count. But remember this is an *assumption*. Check the comments below that some think that AWS uses 1U server, others think that AWS is less dense. Similar to the EC2 CPU utilization rate, another piece of secret information Amazon will never share with you is the size of their data center. Additional Reserved Instance Options for Amazon RDS. Hot on the heels of our announcement of Additional Reserved Instance Options for Amazon EC2, I would like to tell you about a similar option for the Amazon Relational Database Service.

Additional Reserved Instance Options for Amazon RDS

We have added Light and Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances for the MySQL and Oracle database engines. You can save 30% to 55% of your On-Demand DB Instance costs, depending on your usage. Light Utilization Reserved Instances offer the lowers upfront payment, and ideal for DB instances that are used sporadically for development and testing, or for short-term projects. You can save up to 30% on a 1-year term and 35% on a 3-year term when compared to the same instance on an On-Demand basis. Medium Utilization Reserved Instances have a higher upfront payment than Light Utilization Reserved Instances, but a much lower hourly usage fee. New Whitepaper: Amazon's Corporate IT Deploys Corporate Intranet Running SharePoint 2010 on AWS. Within Amazon, we often use the phrase "drinking our own champagne" to describe our practice of using our own products and services to prove them out under actual working conditions.

New Whitepaper: Amazon's Corporate IT Deploys Corporate Intranet Running SharePoint 2010 on AWS

We build products that we can use ourselves. We believe in them. Amazon's Corporate IT recently wrapped up an important project and they have just documented the entire project in a new technical whitepaper. Download whitepaper (PDF) Amazon's Corporate IT team deployed its corporate intranet to Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008, all within a Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

The whitepaper describes the entire deployment process in step by step fashion: initial requirements analysis, security review, deployment success criteria, proof of concept, application architecture, configuration of SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server, and final production deployment. The Amazon Tablet is Real. And MG Siegler (speaking of MG) has seen it: The interface is all Amazon and Kindle.

The Amazon Tablet is Real

It’s black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange. The main screen is a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device. This includes books, apps, movies, etc. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place. Additional CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS. I spent yesterday morning working in a coffee shop while waiting to have an informal discussion with a candidate for an open position.

Additional CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS

From my vantage point in the corner I was able to watch the shop's "processing pipeline" in action. There were three queues and three types of processing! The customers were waiting to place an order, waiting to pay, or waiting for their coffee. The employees functioned as order takers, cashiers, or baristas. It was fascinating to watch this dynamically scaled system in action.

You could implement a system like this using the Amazon Simple Queue Service. We've added some additional Amazon CloudWatch metrics to make it easier to handle this particular case. Amazon Simple Email Service Now Supports Attachments. You can now use the Amazon Simple Email Service to send email message that include attachments such as images or documents.

Amazon Simple Email Service Now Supports Attachments

There are no new "attachment" APIs. Instead, you simply use the existing SendRawEmail function to send a message that includes one or more MIME parts. Each part of the message must be of a MIME type that is supported by SES. Document and image formats are supported; executable files and archives are not. Amazon Deploying Containers in Oregon « Data Center Knowledge.

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Windows on Amazon EC2 Security Guide : Articles & Tutorials. By Jesper M.

Windows on Amazon EC2 Security Guide : Articles & Tutorials

Johansson Principal Security Architect, Amazon.com Default Setup. Blogs. About AWS. In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now commonly known as cloud computing.

About AWS

One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business. With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.

Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the following benefits: