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13Aug 2018

AWS Direct Connect is now live in Kansas City, MO at the Netrality Properties 1102 Grand facility. This site can be found under its home region US East (Ohio) in the AWS Management Console. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, this site can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. If you are connecting to any AWS region outside of the home region US East (Ohio), your traffic will take the shortest path to your desired AWS region and not hairpin via US East (Ohio).

12Aug 2018

AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports a new video rate control mode, Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) encoding. QVBR is designed to deliver consistently high-quality video viewing experiences while keeping your bit budget under control, saving up to 50% on storage and delivery costs. QVBR can be used in both 1-pass and 2-pass modes with all quality settings and resolutions. It is supported with both the AVC and HEVC codecs, and is available at no additional charge. To learn more, please visit the QVBR documentation page.

12Aug 2018

Amazon Inspector expands Center for Internet Security’s CIS Benchmarks support for Amazon Linux (v2017.09 and earlier), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v6 and 7), CentOS Linux (v6 and 7), and Ubuntu Linux (v14.04 and 16.04). You can now run Inspector CIS assessments on these Linux distributions to check the configuration of your Amazon EC2 instances against the security configuration best practices developed by CIS.  

12Aug 2018

AWS CloudHSM now provides audit logging for management commands executed on your CloudHSM instances. These audit logs are generated on each of your HSM instances, and then delivered by CloudHSM to Amazon CloudWatch on your behalf. You can learn more about monitoring AWS CloudHSM Audit Logs in Amazon CloudWatch Logs here.

If you provisioned your AWS CloudHSM cluster prior to January 20, 2018, you will need to configure a service-linked role to enable delivery of your HSM instance audit logs to Amazon CloudWatch. Instructions on creating the service-linked role for CloudHSM are here. Other than enabling the service-linked role for CloudHSM, no action is necessary on your part to begin receiving the logs.

CloudHSM audit logs complement the two existing types of CloudHSM logs. The first is AWS CloudTrail logging, which records the API calls you make to the AWS CloudHSM service such as create-cluster or delete-hsm. The second is AWS CloudHSM Client logging, which records operations you perform on your CloudHSM instances using the CloudHSM client.

Please note this feature is for the new CloudHSM only, and does not apply to CloudHSM Classic.

09Aug 2018

AWS Direct Connect is announcing immediate availability of new locations in Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway. Both these locations are the first in their respective countries. In Copenhagen, AWS Direct Connect is live at Interxion CPH2 and in Oslo, at DigiPlex Ulven data center. In the Management Console, these sites can be found under the EU (Frankfurt) Region. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway.

09Aug 2018

You can now easily configure your containerized application to access storage volumes backed by Local instance storage, Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) or Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) volumes through the use of Docker volume drivers and volume plugins such as Rex-Ray and Portworx.

Previously, if you wanted to deploy containerized applications that required access to storage volumes, you had to manually manage your storage volume using custom tooling such as bash scripts, lambda functions, and manual configuration of Docker volumes.

Now, with the support for Docker volumes, you can deploy stateful and storage-intensive applications on Amazon ECS. You have the flexibility to configure the lifecycle of the Docker volume and specify whether it is a scratch space volume specific to a single instantiation of a task, or a persistent volume that persists beyond the lifecycle of a unique instantiation of the task. You can also choose to use a pre-provisioned Docker volume that you have created before launching your Task.

To get started with this feature, first install your preferred Docker volume plugin (if needed) and simply specify the volume name, the volume driver, and the parameters when setting up a task definition via the AWS management console, CLI or SDK.

To learn more, visit the Amazon ECS documentation.  

Please visit the AWS region table to see all AWS regions where Amazon ECS is available.
 

09Aug 2018

Amazon Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down an Amazon Aurora database. It offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any database servers. Aurora Serverless makes it easy and cost-effective to run applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns, and is now generally available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility.

08Aug 2018

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) now supports encryption at rest for new DAX clusters to help you accelerate reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables in security-sensitive applications that are subject to strict compliance and regulatory requirements.

DAX provides you a fully-managed, highly available, in-memory cache that is capable of accelerating reads from DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. You can use DAX without making changes to your existing application logic and using your existing DynamoDB APIs calls. DAX manages cache invalidation and data population on your behalf. With the new encryption at rest support, you can also encrypt the storage for your DAX clusters to help you protect data on your DAX nodes, such as configuration and log files. This data is encrypted using AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS).

DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

To learn more about DAX and encryption at rest, see DAX Encryption at Rest.
 

08Aug 2018

Amazon Inspector expanded security assessments to include Debian 8 and Debian 9 for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Security Best Practices. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired Amazon EC2 instances, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment.
 

08Aug 2018

You can now record changes to patch and association compliance statuses of AWS Systems Manager Managed Instances using AWS Config. Previously, you could only view the most recent status of a patch or association compliance for a managed instance. Now, with AWS Config, you can maintain a history of all changes to this data over time, and use it for your audit and compliance needs.

08Aug 2018

Starting today, C5d instances are available in the AWS US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (London) Regions. C5d instances were first introduced in May 2018 and delivers C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5d instances provide high-performance block storage for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files.  

08Aug 2018

Starting today, M5d instances are available in the AWS US West (N. California) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions. M5d instances were first introduced in June 2018 and delivers M5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. M5d instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing.

07Aug 2018

You can now use Amazon Redshift to directly query nested data in Apache Parquet, Apache ORC, JSON and Amazon Ion file formats stored in external tables in Amazon S3. Redshift Spectrum, a feature of Amazon Redshift, enables you to use your existing Business Intelligence tools and intuitive and powerful SQL extensions to analyze both scalar and nested data stored in your Amazon S3 data lake.

07Aug 2018

Starting today, you can pay your AWS invoices with any US ACH enabled bank account. Adding a bank account is easy. Simply go to the Payment Methods page on the AWS Billing Console and provide your bank account number, routing number, billing address, and your driver’s license number (for personal accounts) or tax identification number (for business accounts).

07Aug 2018

Amazon QuickSight now allows you to easily create rich metrics and calculations for dashboards without having to craft complex SQL statements and precompute at the data source. QuickSight authors can now create calculated fields and table calculations to evaluate running sum of measures, partitioned by set of dimension in a specified sort order, or calculate percentage contribution of a measure to the total within the partitioned dimension. Similarly, authors can create custom fields that measure the difference or percentage difference between preceding or succeeding metrics, partitioned by a dimension. Authors can also rank metrics or sub-dimensions within the partitioned dimension. Other functions enable authors to measure sum, average, count, minimum/maximum, and display leading and lagging values by an offset of 1 over partitioned dimension. All these functions are available in both SPICE and non-SPICE datasets.

07Aug 2018

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow Logs can now be directly delivered to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or through your Amazon EC2 or VPC console. You can now deliver VPC Flow Logs to both S3 and CloudWatch Logs.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to S3 when you require simple, cost-effective archiving of your log events. Take advantage of the different storage classes of S3, such as Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access, or write custom data processing applications using other solutions, such as Amazon Athena.

Deliver VPC Flow Logs to CloudWatch Logs to monitor your systems and applications. Generate and visualize metrics using Metric Filter Patterns and CloudWatch Dashboards, set up alerts on log-based metrics, or search log events using CloudWatch Logs while solving problems.

Learn about the pricing to export Amazon VPC Flow Logs to S3 or CloudWatch Logs here. Learn about how to send VPC Flow Logs to S3 and CloudWatch Logs here.

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