Amazon Blog Update: A number of our customers want to store very large files in Amazon S3 — scientific or medical data, high resolution video content, backup files, and so forth. Until now, they have had to store and reference the files as separate chunks of 5 gigabytes (GB) or less. So, when a customer wanted to access a large file or share it with others, they would either have to use several URIs in Amazon S3 or stitch the file back together using an intermediate server or within an application. No more. We’ve raised the limit by three orders
(Update From Amazon Website) We’re excited to let you know that as of today, all Amazon EC2 instances come with free Basic Monitoring metrics from our Monitoring service, Amazon CloudWatch. You don’t need to do anything to make this happen. It’s there for you to use. Simply sign in to the AWS Management Console and select one of your active instances. You will immediately be able to view graphs and track performance on metrics such as CPU utilization, disk reads and writes, and network traffic. Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 provides metric data on instance performance at five-minute frequency. Customers
Amazon Cloud Host stops hosting WikiLeaks site (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has stopped hosting WikiLeaks’ website, which posted thousands of classified U.S. government documents this week, U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman said on Wednesday. The move comes after Lieberman’s staff made inquiries to Amazon on Tuesday as reports surfaced that WikiLeaks had asked Amazon to host its website on the Amazon servers after hackers targeted the WikiLeaks site. A representative for Amazon was not immediately available for comment.
Company Champions Open Source Developers With Funding SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – December 1, 2010) – Engine Yard, the leading cloud computing Platform-as-a-Service for Ruby on Rails, today announced the Engine Yard Open Source Software (OSS) Community Grant program. This program aims to help critical projects and OSS contributors gain traction while growing their user base and contributor base, and ensuring these projects have a long-term success with the broader community. “Engine Yard believes passionately in the value of open source software and this program is an example of our commitment to the community,” said Dr Nic Williams, vice president of
Cloud Computing Giant Amazon Reduces S3 Storage Pricing Amazon has reduced Amazon S3 storage prices for both Standard and Reduced Redundancy Storage regions effective November 1st. Here’s a breakdown on some of their changes: Amazon S3 Detail Page. Old New First 1TB $0.150 $0.140 Next 49TB $0.150 $0.125 Next 50TB $0.140 $0.110 Next 400TB $0.130 $0.110 Next 500TB $0.105 $0.095 Next 4000TB $0.080 $0.080 (no change) Over 5000TB $0.055 $0.055 (no change)
AWS Free Usage Tier To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS. Read more on
Microsoft Windows Azure Part IV Pricing: Microsoft is cognizant of the fact that its cloud services Windows Azure, SQL Azure etc., needs to be accessed by developers so that innovative applications can be built on the platform. Towards this, promotional attractive offers consisting of a lot of compute hours were provided in the past, including the CTP Community Technology Preview. There are continuous requests from this community that prolonged free access should be provided; recently Amazon Web Services came up with micro instances at 3 cents per hour for Windows instances and there had been no matching announcements from Microsoft.