Canonical has released the beta version of “snappy” Ubuntu Core, a lightweight and cloud-optimised version of Ubuntu Linux, on Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine and Amazon Web Services.
AWS OpsWorks, the DevOps service from Amazon can be used for managing existing EC2 instances and on-premises servers running within the data center.
At their re:invent 2014 show Amazon launched AWS Key Management Service (KMS), “a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys”. At launch the service supported EBS, S3 and Redshift. Additional support for Elastic Transcoder was added in late November.
AWS has simplified the pricing model for Amazon EC2 reserved instances. It has replaced the utilization based pricing model with a simpler model to buy reserved capacity.
AWS has added Android and iOS mobile clients to Amazon Zocalo. It now supports file sizes up to 5TB.
In their move to event driven architecture, Amazon introduced two enabling technologies allowing the conversion of DynamoDB and S3 written data into events, which can be consumed by other applications and used by Lambda architecture.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently released the AWS CloudTrail Processing Library (CPL), a "Java client library that makes it easy to build an application that reads and processes CloudTrail log files in a fault tolerant and highly scalable manner".
At AWS re:Invent 2014, Amazon has announced enhancements to Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon EBS services.
As expected, Amazon has added container hosting to its compute building block service. Along with that, it also launched an event-driven compute service called AWS Lambda.
After gaining generic Docker support in July 2014, Amazon Web Services (AWS) now added Preconfigured Docker as a new category of supported platforms to its platform as a service offering AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This category of platforms is based on the recently added official repositories for language stacks on the Docker Hub Registry.
AWS Service Catalog is a new service that enables enterprise IT administrators to publish and manage cloud-based products deployed on Amazon Web Services.
At the AWS re:Invent event, Amazon announced a brand new database called Aurora. It will be available under the Amazon RDS offering that already supports MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and PostgreSQL.
Amazon is integrating EC2 management with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Microsoft Windows administrators can use the familiar System Center user interface to provision and configure virtual machines running on Amazon EC2.
Amazon CloudWatch recently gained log file monitoring and storage for application, operating system and custom logs and meanwhile enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Server to cover a wider variety of log sources.
Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.