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  • AWS Streamlines Amazon EC2 Spot Instance Pricing Model and Operational Complexity

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently introduced significant changes on how to request and operate Amazon EC2 spot instances, which can provide considerable cost savings. Users can now request spot instances without specifying a bidding price, spot prices are adjusted more gradually, and spot instances can also be stopped or hibernated and later resumed to further optimize interruptible workloads.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards Gains API and CloudFormation Support

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added programmatic creation and manipulation of CloudWatch dashboards and widgets to support use cases such as dynamic resource lifecycle tracking and consistent cross-account dashboard maintenance.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Gains Cross-Account Event Delivery

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added cross-account event delivery to Amazon CloudWatch Events to support use cases such as the tracking of events across an entire organization and the handling of events in separate accounts to implement advanced security schemes.

  • Amazon Adds Target Tracking Support for EC2 Auto Scaling

    Auto Scaling cloud resources is nothing new in AWS. However, Amazon recently announced a new Target Tracking policy that gives customers more granular control over how their application scales. Target Tracking policies allow an administrator to target a specific metric that will drive how and when the EC2 resources will scale.

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Gains Worldwide SMS Delivery

    Amazon's Simple Notification Service (SNS) recently gained worldwide SMS delivery and can now be used in five additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) regions. AWS also added several new features such as opt-out management, direct publishing, delivery status monitoring, and spending limits.

  • Amazon Brings Auto Scaling to EC2 Container Service

    Amazon recently announced it is bringing automatic scaling to its Amazon ECS service. This allows Amazon ECS services to scale out, or scale in, automatically. Scale events are the result of Amazon CloudWatch alarms being triggered when threshold-based metrics exceed, or fall below, expected values.

  • Introducing AWS CloudWatch Events

    Amazon recently announced changes to the way customers can monitor their AWS resources. The service, known as CloudWatch Events, allows customers to consume a near real-time stream of events as changes to their AWS environment take place. These event changes can subsequently trigger notifications, or other actions, through the use of rules.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Supports JSON Logs and Integrates AWS CloudTrail

    Shortly after releasing the AWS CloudTrail Processing Library (CPL), Amazon Web Services has also integrated AWS CloudTrail with Amazon CloudWatch Logs to enable alarms and respective "notifications from CloudWatch, triggered by specific API activity captured by CloudTrail". The implied support for monitoring JSON-formatted logs has recently been officially released as well.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Gains Log Monitoring and Storage

    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.

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