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.
Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.
Last week, the Amazon Web Services team made changes to their DynamoDB NoSQL database service that improve JSON support, improve scalability, and expand the free usage tier. Developers can now use AWS SDKs to store, index, query, and update large JSON documents while consuming up to 25GB of free storage.
Last week Amazon Web Services and Rackspace notified customers that their servers would be rebooted as a part of Xen hypervisor patching. This is the second time that AWS has scheduled reboots as a part of its cloud infrastructure maintenance, and AWS published guidance for building applications resilient to reboots and restarts.
Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.
After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.
"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recently expanded available password policy rules to enable self-service password rotation. A new credential report provides visibility into the AWS credentials security status. AWS also added logging of AWS Management Console sign-in events to AWS CloudTrail.
Amazon has updated Web Services Mobile SDK with support for iOS, Android and Fire OS. It also introduces several new tools such as Cognito, Mobile Analytics, Kinesis Recorder and S3 Transfer Manager in addition to improvements and bug fixes.
Amazon has launched new web services designed to simplify the building and operation of mobile applications using their cloud as a back end. Cognito provides an identity management platform and key/value store, and is complemented by Mobile Analytics. The AWS Mobile SDK has been updated to version 2.0 to provide integration with the new services, and there are samples in github for iOS and Android
Amazon have introduced T2, a new class of low cost general purpose instances for EC2 intended for workloads that don’t drive consistently high CPU usage. At the low end t2.micro offers higher performance, more memory (1GiB) and a lower cost (1.3¢/hr) than the previous t1.micro. The T2 class also offers small and medium sizing with 2GiB and 4GiB RAM respectively.