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AWS Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, March 31 We announced a new, instructor-led Big Data on AWS Training Course. We announced Twelve New Instance Types for Elastic MapReduce. We announced the AWS April Webinars, With a Focus on Disaster Recovery. The AWS Application Management Blog listed Three Easy Steps to Enable Cross-Zone Load Balancing in Elastic Beanstalk. The AWS PHP Development Blog...

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Improved CloudFront Performance with EDNS-Client-Subnet Support

Amazon CloudFront automatically routes requests for your content to the nearest edge location. Behind the scenes, it uses the IP address of the DNS resolver that is making the DNS query for the content. This model worked well back in the days when a particular resolver had a single, fixed geographic location. Today, many popular DNS resolvers are geographically dispersed (Google DNS and OpenDNS are two good examples) and the location...

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New Instance Types for Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Thousands of AWS customers use Amazon Elastic MapReduce to process and store vast amounts of data. Because Elastic MapReduce is built around the Hadoop framework, it is easy to use hundreds or thousands of Amazon EC2 instances in parallel. Hot on the heels of the price reductions that we made last week, we are also adding support for 12 additional EC2 instance types: General Purpose - m3.xlarge and m3.2xlarge. Compute-optimized -...

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AWS Price Reduction #42 - EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce

It is always fun to write about price reductions. I enjoy knowing that our customers will find AWS to be an even better value over time as we work on their behalf to make AWS more and more cost-effective over time. If you've been reading this blog for an extended period of time you know that we reduce prices on our services from time to time, and today’s announcement serves as the 42nd price reduction since 2008. We're more than...