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What’s New with Amazon’s Cloud

Posted on 9.05.2011

Amazon is constantly releasing new features and upgrades to its cloud— Amazon Web Services. If you don't constantly pay attention to developments on the most popular cloud environment, you risk getting left behind. 

To catch everyone up, here are some of the newest features worthy of your attention:

Easier Access: Adobe Flash and outbound access to port 843 are no longer needed, instead the S3 tab can be used from behind a regular or transparent proxy.

Folder Upload: A new and advanced uploader allows entire folders as well as objects larger than 5 GB to be uploaded at once. To enable the uploader, click on the upload button and then enable the enhanced uploader.

Jump: The jump feature allows the console to locate files and objects easier, by bringing up matching files as you start to type the prefix of the object or folder you are searching for.

ElastiCache: This feature adds caching logic to your application. When Cache Clusters are created, they can make your application run smoother, by caching key pieces of date into memory.

Elastic MapReduce on EC2 Spot Instances: This feature takes two of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud’s (EC2) features, Spot Instances and Elastic MapReduce and allows users to launch managed Hadoop clusters with unused EC2 capacity. This allows for the running of long jobs, cost-driven workloads, data-critical workloads and application testing at a discount between 50 to 66 percent.


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