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AWS Latest News (Update)

By John | September 9, 2009

Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables your business to connect your existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend your existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include your AWS resources. Today, Amazon VPC integrates with Amazon EC2 compute resources, and we plan to integrate with other AWS services in the future. You can now apply for access to the limited beta on the Amazon VPC product page.

Announcing the AWS Solution Providers Program
The AWS Solution Providers Program serves a growing community of Independent Software Vendors and Systems Integrators that offer a rich set of solutions and consulting services on AWS. Benefits to program members include listing in the AWS Solution Providers Directory and use of the exclusive AWS Solution Provider logo. For more information and to apply, visit the AWS Solution Providers Program page.

AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA)
AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA) is now available and offers an additional layer of security and enhanced control over your AWS account settings. It is an opt-in account feature that requires a valid six-digit, single-use code from an authentication device in your physical possession, in addition to your standard AWS account credentials, before access is granted to your AWS account settings. To learn more about and to begin using this important security feature, visit aws.amazon.com/mfa.

Seamlessly Rotate Your Access Credentials
We have now made it much easier for you to rotate your access credentials (AWS Access Key ID or X.509 Certificate), enabling you to further secure your assets in the AWS cloud. You can now request a new access credential while keeping your existing one active, without any incurring any downtime to your applications. Learn more by visiting the Security Credentials page (AWS login required).

AWS Import/Export Enters Unlimited Beta, Adds Export for Amazon S3
AWS Import/Export has entered unlimited beta and now supports export from Amazon S3. AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity. You can use AWS Import/Export for migrating data into the cloud, sending backups to AWS, and restoring data locally.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon CloudWatch
We’re excited to announce that the AWS Management Console has added support for Amazon CloudWatch, a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources starting with Amazon EC2. Now you can use a simple, point-and-click web interface to enable monitoring for your Amazon EC2 instances and view real-time operational metrics for Amazon EC2. Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge.

New Lower Prices for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances
We have recently lowered the one-time fee for all Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances by 30%. We continuously strive to be more efficient, and to pass cost savings on to you in the form of lower prices. With Linux Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, you could reduce the cost of your instance usage by up to 56% compared to an On-Demand Instance. We hope that you take advantage of the price savings of Reserved Instances today!

AWS Start-Up Challenge Deadline Extended to September 25, 2009
We want to remind start-up leaders in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Israel to enter their business ideas or existing start-ups for a chance to win $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. The deadline to enter has been extended to September 25. To learn more and enter the competition, visit the AWS Start-Up Challenge home page.

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