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re:Cap of AWS re:Invent: 10 cool new Amazon cloud features

Brandon Butler | Nov. 18, 2014
New VM instances, and code management tools, plus a cool new service named Lambda.

At Amazon Web Services' third annual re:Invent cloud computing conference the market's leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public provider revealed a variety of new cloud service features. Here's a recap of AWS's announcements from re:Invent 2014.

Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible database engine for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). AWS says it combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Aurora can process 6 million inserts to its database per minute, and 30 million selects per minute. AWS says that's five times faster than using MySQL on its EC2 VMs.

Cost: Pricing is based on the instance type and starts as low as .29/hour.

Availability: In preview now

AWS CodeCommit

AWS made a number of announcements related to application life-cycle management (ALM), which is the process of building and managing new applications. One service is AWS CodeCommit,which works with Git to host private repositories of code in AWS's cloud.

Cost: No pricing information yet

Availability: Early 2015.

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AWS Config

Last year AWS announced CloudTrail, a service that lets users get a list of all the actions that have happened in a user's account. This year AWS introduced AWS Config, a sort of next generation version of that offering that provides customers with full visibility into their AWS resources and associated relationships, lets them audit resource configuration history, and notifies them of resource configuration changes.

Cost: Pricing is $0.003 per Configuration Item recorded.

Availability: In preview now

AWS CodeDeploy

Another ALM tool, CodeDeploy is a scalable service that lets developers quickly and simply automate the process of deploying and updating applications on Amazon EC2.

Cost: No additional charge for AWS CodeDeploy. You pay for AWS resources (e.g. EC2 instances or S3 buckets) you create to store and run your application though.

Availability: Now

AWS CodePipeline

AWS CodePipeline is an automated continuous delivery service to ease deployments. It's based off of a tool AWS uses internally to build code, and allows developers to check code in, edit code and release it to production.

Cost: No pricing details are available yet.

Availability: Early 2015.

Amazon EC2 Container Service

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a service for creating and scaling containers that supports Docker. It works with EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) virtual machines, allowing users to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances using containers.

Cost: No additional price above the underlying services, such as EC2 or Elastic Block Storage (EBS)

Availability: Preview available now

New EC2 Instance type: C4

C4 is a new compute-optimized virtual machine instance type that includes new 2.9 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (Haswell) processors. They run up to 36 virtual CPUs and are optimized to be used with AWS EBS (Elastic Block Storage).


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