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API Gateway – Build and Run Scalable Application Backends. I like to think of infrastructure as the part of a system that everyone needs and no one likes to work on!

API Gateway – Build and Run Scalable Application Backends

It is often undifferentiated & messy, tedious to work on, difficult to manage, critical to the success of whatever relies on it, and generally taken for granted (as long as it works as expected). Many of our customers host backend web services for their mobile, web, enterprise, or IoT (Internet of Things) applications on AWS. These services have no user interface. Instead, they are accessed programmatically, typically using a REST-style interface. In order to successfully host an application backend you need to think about the infrastructure: authorization, access control, traffic management, monitoring, analytics, and version management.

New API Gateway Today we are introducing the new Amazon API Gateway. You can also implement APIs that wrap around, enhance, and effectively modernize legacy systems. The API Gateway was designed to deliver on the following promises: 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. 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. 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. 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. Consult the SES documentation for a complete list of supported MIME types. Messages that include attachments incur an additional cost of $0.12 per GB of attachment data. Amazon Deploying Containers in Oregon « Data Center Knowledge. A look at the Amazon Perdix container, included in a presentation at Amazon Technology Day.

Amazon Deploying Containers in Oregon « Data Center Knowledge

Last week we noted a presentation from Amazon Web Services that discussed the company’s use of modular data centers to deploy server capacity for its cloud computing operation.

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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, Default Setup Amazon EC2 running Windows is provided through an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). The Amazon-provided Windows AMIs are, as much as possible, configured the way you would expect a Windows Server to be configured if you just installed it from Microsoft-issued media. It is our goal to deliver an instance that behaves exactly the way you would expect and to avoid any surprises with respect to features and functionality. Please note that third parties may provide Amazon EC2 AMIs running Windows as well. Differences Between Default Windows and Amazon EC2 AMIs.


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: