Showing posts with label Amazon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amazon. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Amazon goes virtual...desktop.. with their new Amazon WorkSpaces offering

Paul Thurrott's Windows Super Site - Amazon takes Virtual Desktop to the Cloud

Amazon today announced a new service called Amazon Workspaces, which brings fully-managed desktop computing services to its AWS cloud. Using a technology called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, the Amazon solutions lets users use the device of their choice—iPad, Kindle Fire, or an Android tablet—but still have access to the PC solutions they need for work. And of course, this being Amazon, the big benefit here is the low cost: Amazon says Workspaces costs less than half the price of traditional VDI solutions.

"Over the past couple years, the new service customers have requested most frequently is a virtual cloud desktop service," says Amazon WorkSpaces general manager Gene Farrell. "They've been frustrated by the available options – traditional desktops that are hard to manage and keep secure, or virtual desktops that are expensive and deliver inconsistent performance. Amazon WorkSpaces aims to address these issues by offering secure, easy-to-manage, high-performance desktops in the cloud at a fraction of the price of traditional VDI."

The Amazon solution appears to be a modern solution to an age-old issue. ...

Amazon WorkSpaces

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Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

Benefits

  • Fully Managed
  • Support Multiple Devices
  • Keep Your Data Secure and Available
  • Choose the Hardware and Software you need
  • Pay as You Go
  • Integrate your Corporate Directory

Use Cases

  • Mobile Device Access
  • Secure WorkSpaces
  • Remote Employees
  • Seasonal Workers
  • Student WorkSpaces
  • Developer WorkSpaces
    • You can provision WorkSpaces for developers and install the tools they need to build applications for your business. Your source code is not stored on developers’ devices helping you keep your intellectual property safe.

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Amazon WorkSpaces Pricing

With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay only for the WorkSpaces you launch. There is no up-front commitment and you can delete WorkSpaces at any time. WorkSpaces are billed on a monthly basis. The monthly fee for Workspaces includes both the infrastructure (compute, storage, bandwidth for streaming) and the software applications. Please see the table below for pricing details.

If you would like to launch WorkSpaces with more software already pre-installed (e.g., Microsoft Office, Trend Micro Anti-Virus, etc.), you should choose the Standard Plus or Performance Plus options. If you don’t need the applications offered in those bundles or you would like to use software licenses for some of the applications in the Standard Plus or Performance Plus options that you’ve already paid for, we recommend the Standard or Performance bundles. Whichever option you choose, you can always add your own software whenever you like.

WorkSpaces Bundle

Hardware Resources

Applications

Monthly Price

Standard

1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB Memory, 50 GB User Storage

Utilities (Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, 7-Zip, Adobe Flash, JRE)

$35

Standard Plus

1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB Memory, 50 GB User Storage

Microsoft Office Professional 2010, Trend Micro Anti-Virus, Utilities (Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, 7-Zip, Adobe Flash, JRE)

$50

Performance

2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB Memory, 100 GB User Storage

Utilities (Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, 7-Zip, Adobe Flash, JRE)

$60

Performance Plus

2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB Memory, 100 GB User Storage

Microsoft Office Professional 2010, Trend Micro Anti-Virus, Utilities (Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, 7-Zip, Adobe Flash, JRE)

$75

 

Interesting and inevitable. THIS, and cloud services like it, is more likely the death of the PC than anything...

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Setting your Kindle on fire with Kindle MatchBook

Kindle MatchBook

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Introducing Kindle MatchBook

For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.

Available for thousands of great print books purchased new from Amazon, going all the way back to 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore.

In a word? OMG, this is pretty darn fricken awesome! (It's too cool for just a single word!)

The only downside for me on this is that I bought so many of my books before Amazon (yes, there was such a time). Oh well, still a number of purchases were made on Amazon, and I do enjoy re-reading, so this is still officially cool...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Await no more, Amazon Web Services .Net SDK v2 preview out - WinStore, WinPhone and async/await

Amazon Web Services Blog - AWS SDK Support for Windows Phone and Windows Store Applications

Over the last few months, we have released a number of enhancements to help customers and partners build their Microsoft Windows centric workloads on AWS.  Just last week, we announced guidance for running Exchange Server in the AWS Cloud which builds on our guidance for SQL Server and SharePoint.  When it comes to .NET developers, we have provided tools such as our AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio and the AWS SDK for .NET.  In fact, we recently started a .NET Development blog so Windows developers can get tips and tricks on how to best program .NET applications using AWS. 

Our Microsoft tooling doesn't stop there.  If PowerShell is what you use to automate Windows, we have the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell.  We recently enhanced our PowerShell tools with automatic paging for large result sets and improved support for piping the output of a one cmdlet to another cmdlet.

Today, I’m happy to announce the Developer Preview of the next version of our AWS SDK for .NET.  This release of the SDK adds two major enhancements for .NET developers.

The first is support for the Microsoft Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  With the new SDK, you can connect your Windows Phone or Windows Store apps to AWS services and you can build a cross-targeted application that's backed by AWS.  With this release, we add Windows Phone support to our growing SDK support for different mobile operating systems including our SDK for iOS and SDK for Android

The other big enhancement is our support for the task-based asynchronous pattern.  This pattern uses the async and await keywords and makes programming asynchronous operations against AWS easy.  For example, you can now upload files to S3 asynchronously like this:

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.NET Development - AWS SDK for .NET Version 2.0 Preview

Today, we are excited to announce a preview of our upcoming version 2 of the AWS SDK for .NET, which you can download here.

One of the most exciting new features of version 2 is the ability to have Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 Apps use our SDK. Like other SDKs for these new platforms, all method calls that make requests to AWS are asynchronous methods.

Another big improvement we made to the SDK for asynchronous programming is that when you target Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, or .NET 4.5 the SDK uses the new Task-based pattern for asynchronous programming instead of the old style using pairs of Begin and End methods. Version 2 of the SDK also consists of a version compiled for .NET 3.5 Framework that contains the Begin and End methods for applications that aren't yet ready to move to .NET 4.5.

For a deeper dive into the differences in version 2, check out our migration guide.

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Good to see Amazon provide this kind of support. It sure will help make building AWS WinStore/WinPhone app's much easier!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Goodreads Amazon ... Amazon has bought Goodreads

socaltech - Goodreads Acquired By Amazon.com

Book review and community Goodreads, which was founded in Santa Monica by Otis Chander, has been acquired by Amazon.com, Amazon said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Goodreads' site revolves around sharing book recommendations and networking between book readers ..."

Exciting News About Goodreads: We're Joining the Amazon Family!

When Elizabeth and I started Goodreads from my living room seven years ago, we set out to create a better way for people to find and share books they love. It's been a wild ride seeing how the company has grown and watching as more than 16 million readers from across the globe have joined Goodreads and connected over a passion for books.

Today I'm really happy to announce a new milestone for Goodreads: We are joining the Amazon family. We truly could not think of a more perfect partner for Goodreads as we both share a love of books and an appreciation for the authors who write them. We also both love to invent products and services that touch millions of people.

I'm excited about this for three reasons:
1. With the reach and resources of Amazon, Goodreads can introduce more readers to our vibrant community of book lovers and create an even better experience for our members.
2. Our members have been asking us to bring the Goodreads experience to an e-reader for a long time. Now we're looking forward to bringing Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in the world, Kindle, and further reinventing what reading can be.
3. Amazon supports us continuing to grow our vision as an independent entity, under the Goodreads brand and with our unique culture.

It's important to be clear that Goodreads and the awesome team behind it are not going away. Goodreads will continue to be the wonderful community that we all cherish. We plan to continue offering you everything that you love about the site—the ability to track what you read, discover great books, discuss and share them with fellow book lovers, and connect directly with your favorite authors—and your reviews and ratings will remain here on Goodreads. And it's incredibly important to us that we remain a home for all types of readers, no matter if you read on paper, audio, digitally, from scrolls, or even stone tablets.

For all of you Kindle readers, there's obviously an extra bonus in this announcement. You've asked us for a long time to be able to integrate your Kindle and Goodreads experiences. Making that option a reality is one of our top priorities. ...

This could be a marriage made in heaven. Though I do find it a little funny, in that Goodreads recently had a little tiff with Amazon. But still, as a user of both, this could be awesome and I'm happy for the Goodreads team. It's cool seeing a local company do good... :)

Plus I'd love to see the Kindle get some Goodreads love.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amazon Glacier looks like a hot choice for archival data storage

Amazon Web Services Blog - Amazon Glacier: Archival Storage for One Penny Per GB Per Month

You Need Glacier
I’m going to bet that you (or your organization) spend a lot of time and a lot of money archiving mission-critical data. No matter whether you’re currently using disk, optical media or tape-based storage, it’s probably a more complicated and expensive process than you’d like which has you spending time maintaining hardware, planning capacity, negotiating with vendors and managing facilities.

True?

If so, then you are going to find our newest service, Amazon Glacier, very interesting. With Glacier, you can store any amount of data with high durability at a cost that will allow you to get rid of your tape libraries and robots and all the operational complexity and overhead that have been part and parcel of data archiving for decades.

Glacier provides – at a cost as low as $0.01 (one US penny, one one-hundredth of a dollar) per Gigabyte, per month – extremely low cost archive storage. You can store a little bit, or you can store a lot (Terabytes, Petabytes, and beyond). There's no upfront fee and you pay only for the storage that you use. You don't have to worry about capacity planning and you will never run out of storage space. Glacier removes the problems associated with under or over-provisioning archival storage, maintaining geographically distinct facilities and verifying hardware or data integrity, irrespective of the length of your retention periods.

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At this point you may be thinking that this sounds just like Amazon S3, but Amazon Glacier differs from S3 in two crucial ways.

First, S3 is optimized for rapid retrieval (generally tens to hundreds of milliseconds per request). Glacier is not (we didn't call it Glacier for nothing). With Glacier, your retrieval requests are queued up and honored at a somewhat leisurely pace. Your archive will be available for downloading in 3 to 5 hours.

Each retrieval request that you make to Glacier is a called a job. You can poll Glacier to see if your data is available, or you can ask it to send a notification to the Amazon SNS topic of your choice when the data is available. You can then access the data via HTTP GET requests, including byte range requests. The data will remain available to you for 24 hours.

Retrieval requests are priced differently, too.  You can retrieve up to 5% of your average monthly storage, pro-rated daily, for free each month. Beyond that, you are charged a retrieval fee starting at $0.01 per Gigabyte (see the pricing page for details).  So for data that you’ll need to retrieve in greater volume more frequently, S3 may be a more cost-effective service.

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Glacier In Action
I'm sure that you already have some uses in mind for Glacier. If not, here are some to get you started:

  • If you are part of an enterprise IT department, you can store email, corporate file shares, legal records, and business documents. The kind of stuff that you need to keep around for years or decades with little or no reason to access it.
  • If you work in digital media, you can archive your books, movies, images, music, news footage, and so forth. These assets can easily grow to tens of Petabytes and are generally accessed very infrequently.
  • If you generate and collect scientific or research data, you can store it in Glacier just in case you need to get it back later.

Get Started Now
Glacier is available for use today in the US-East (N. Virginia), US-West (N. California), US-West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU-West (Ireland) Regions.

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Interesting. Looks like a great near-line storage solution. Instead of shelves of USB drives, this looks like a much more viable storage solution. I wonder how long until a backup solution, like Carbonite or like/new service/utility, uses this? I'll bet it's weeks if not days. I think this would be a perfect place to store system/data backups for my PC's. Now if this could be hooked up to the new backup service being tested with Windows Server 2012? hum...

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A short behind the scenes post on the magic behind Amazon's new Appstore Test Drive feature

Amazon Web Services Blog - Behind the Scenes of the Amazon Appstore Test Drive

The Amazon Appstore for Android has a really cool Test Drive feature. It allows you to instantly try select applications through your computer browser or Android phone before you elect to install them.

There's some interesting technology behind the Test Drive, and I'd like to tell you a little bit more about it. Let's start with this diagram:

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Pretty cool example of presentation virtualization usage...

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Amazon updates their SQL Server 2012 AWS AMI's (SQL Server 2012 RTM, Web Edition and more Instance types)

Amazon Web Services Blog - Updated Microsoft SQL Server Offerings

As you might know, you can use official Windows AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) to launch Amazon EC2 instances with Microsoft SQL Server, inside or outside a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud).

Many customers are taking advantage of this possibility to run different types of workloads on the AWS Cloud. After listening to customer feedback (as we always like to do) and feature requests, today we're happy to announce some updates to our Microsoft SQL Server offerings. Here they are.

  1. Support for Additional Instance Types
    You can now launch Microsoft SQL Server on m1.small (1 ECU, 1.7 GB RAM) and m1.medium (2 ECU, 3.75 GB RAM) instance types. Since we have several instance types, you might also want to take a look at the details.
  2. Support for Microsoft SQL Server Web Edition
    For customers who run web-facing workloads with Microsoft SQL Server software, we are introducing support for Microsoft SQL Server Web Edition, which brings together affordability, scalability, and manageability in a single offering. SQL Server Web will be supported across all Amazon EC2 instance types, all AWS regions, and On-Demand and Reserved Instance offerings.
  3. Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    Last, but definitively not least, we now support Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on Amazon EC2.

    Customers now have immediate access to Amazon published (official) AMIs for:
    SQL Server 2012 Express (AMI catalog entry)
    SQL Server 2012 Web Edition (AMI catalog entry)
    SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition (AMI catalog entry)

    You can use Microsoft's SQL Server Comparison Chart to learn more about the features available to you in each edition.

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If you're looking to get your SQL Server into the Cloud, but are looking for a "real" SQL Server (i.e. not SQL Azure)...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali")

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

If you're doing Amazon Web Services development, here's 43 (and counting) free Kindle ebooks for you (from the Amazon Web Services team)

Amazon Web Services Blog - AWS Documentation Now Available on the Kindle

"AWS documentation is now available on the Kindle - if this is all you need to know, start here and you'll have access to the new documents in seconds.

I "purchased" (the actual cost is $0.00) the EC2 Getting Started Guide and had it delivered to my trusty Kindle DX, where it looked great:

You can highlight, annotate, and search the content as desired.

We've uploaded 43 documents so far; others will follow shortly." [GD: Post Leached in Fill]

Books by Amazon Web Services

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Seems so logical in hindsight doesn't it? Having these, in this format? These look like some must have resources for anyone thinking about, getting started with, or doing AWS development...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Windows Phone 7 gets some Amazon love... (err... um... as in a Open Source AWS SDK, built by Microsoft)

Interoperability @ Microsoft - Beta of Amazon Web Services SDK for Windows Phone released

"I am pleased to announce the beta release of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Windows Phone. Built by Microsoft as an open source project, this SDK provides developers with a speed dial that lets them quickly connect and integrate Windows Phone applications with AWS (S3, SimpleDB, and SQS Cloud Services)

To create cloud-connected mobile applications, developers want to have choice and be able to reuse their assets and skills. For developers familiar with AWS, whether they’ve been developing for Android, iOS or any other technology, this SDK will allow them to comfortably port their applications to the Windows Phone Platform.

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Jean Paoli, General Manager of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft, adds that Windows Phone was engineered from the get-go to be a Cloud-friendly phone.

“The release of the AWS SDK for Windows Phone Beta proves that Microsoft’s goal of building a Cloud-friendly phone is true across vendor boundaries. It literally takes minutes to create a Cloud-ready application in C# with this SDK. We look forward to this SDK eventually resulting in many more great apps in the rapidly growing Windows Phone marketplace,” he said.

Developers can download the SDK , along with the complete source code under the Apache license. A Getting Started guide can be found on the Windows Phone Interoperability Bridges site along with other resources.

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Microsoft UK Faculty Connection - Beta release of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Windows Phone

"Microsoft is pleased to announce the beta release of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Windows Phone. Built by Microsoft as an open source project, this SDK provides developers quickly connect and integrate Windows Phone applications with AWS (S3, SimpleDB, and SQS Cloud Services)

Getting started with the AWS SDK for Windows Phone:

Getting started guide http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/articles/getting-started-with-the-beta-of-amazon-web-services-sdk-for-windows-phone

Getting Started video http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Interoperability/Getting-Started-with-the-AWS-SDK-for-Windows-Phone

Samples walkthrough videos

Video walkthrough of the samples provided in the SDK:

  1. http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Interoperability/AWS-SDK-for-Windows-Phone-S3-sample-walkthrough
  2. http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Interoperability/AWS-SDK-for-Windows-Phone-SQS-sample-walkthrough
  3. http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Interoperability/AWS-SDK-for-Windows-Phone-SimpleDB-sample-walkthrough

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Windows Phone Interoperability Bridges - Getting started with the Beta of Amazon Web Services SDK for Windows Phone

Table of Contents

  • Requirements
  • Install AWS SDK for Windows Phone
  • Description of installed files
  • Create a new Windows Phone project
  • Add AWS References to the project
  • Edit App.Config
  • Using the AWS Namespace
  • Start Writing Code
If you have been developing mobile applications accessing Amazon Web Services and are interested in having a Windows Phone version of your application, or if you want to add AWS connectivity and integration to your existing Windows Phone application, then this guide is for you.

The guide covers what you need to know to download and install the AWS SDK for Windows Phone, and configure your Windows Phone application project to use the SDK.

You can also download this guide in PDF format from here.

Additionally, videos have been recorded that will drive you through the steps described in the guide and through the samples provided in the SDK.

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If you're building Amazon S3, SimpleDB, and SQS Cloud Services related/based/connected apps for WP7, this looks like a good SDK to look at...

 

(via Mary-Jo Foley, Microsoft delivers developer kit for linking Amazon web services to Windows Phone)

Lynn quickly walks us through using Amazon AWS EC2 as a "second laptop"

lynnlangit - Using an Amazon EC2 AMI as your second laptop

"Here’s a quick video on how I use Amazon web service AWS as my ‘training laptop’ when I am trying out features of some version of SQL Server (i.e. SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2012).

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Lynn takes us through how she uses AWS EC2 in her testing, playing, etc, how she turns a cloud based remote machine into her 2nd laptop... 4'ish minutes to slay any FUD in using EC2 (in short, she makes it look painfully easy... as in, why haven't I been doing this for a while, easy... :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali")

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free "Getting Started on Microsoft Windows With AWS" Webinar from Amazon

Amazon Web Services Blog - Webinar: Getting Started on Microsoft Windows With AWS

"We're going to be running a free webinar on December 8th at 9 AM PST.

Designed for business and technical decision makers with an interest in migrating Windows Server and Windows Server applications to the AWS cloud, the webinar will address the following topics:

  • Support for the Microsoft .NET platform.
  • Ways for you to take advantage of your existing Microsoft investments and skill set to run Windows Server applications such as Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SQL Server on the AWS Cloud without incurring any additional Microsoft licensing costs.
  • The AWS pay-as-you go model that allows you to purchase Windows Server computing resources on an hourly basis.
  • An architecture that allows you to quickly and easily scale your Windows Server applications on the AWS Cloud through pre-configured Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) to start running fully supported Windows Server virtual machine instances in minutes

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I had mentioned recently that I'd never fired up an Amazon virtual machine (Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali"))? Guess they heard me and took pity on my ignorance... lol... Signed up. :P

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali")

Friday, November 04, 2011

Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali")

Visual Studio Mag - Data Driver - Developers Can Test 'Denali' in Amazon Cloud

"Microsoft and Amazon are collaborating to offer developer testing of the next version of SQL Server in the Amazon cloud, promising an easier and cheaper evaluation than you could get with a local implementation.

The marriage of Microsoft SQL Server "Denali" (now, SQL Server 2012) and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud means developers only have to pay standard Amazon Web Services (AWS) rates to test the beta database software, currently in Community Technology Preview 3. AWS pricing for "standard on-demand instances" ranges from 12 cents to 96 cents per hour.

An AWS site promises easy deployment in five minutes. "With AWS, companies can utilize the Cloud to easily test the new functionality and features of 'Denali,' without having to purchase and manage hardware," the site says. "This provides customers with faster time to evaluation, without any of the complexity related to setting up and configuring a test lab for beta software."

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Test “Denali” on Amazon Web Services in Minutes

"Start Your "Test Drive" of Denali on AWS in Minutes

Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is the next major release of Microsoft SQL Server and related components. Currently in beta, Microsoft® SQL Server Code Name "Denali" will provide customers with higher levels of performance, availability and scalability, compared to previous versions.

Amazon Web Services provides companies with a cloud infrastructure that enables them to run applications, including databases, in the cloud, allowing them to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with their business. With the AWS Cloud, companies no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance.

Microsoft has collaborated with AWS to allow customers to easily deploy and run SQL Server Code Named “Denali” on Amazon Web Services in 5 minutes with no additional Microsoft software licensing costs*. With AWS, companies can utilize the Cloud to easily test the new functionality and features of “Denali”, without having to purchase and manage hardware. This provides customers with faster time to evaluation, without any of the complexity related to setting up and configuring a test lab for beta software.

*Standard Amazon Web Services rates apply

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This looks like one of the quickest and easiest ways to play with SQL Server 2012 (fka Denali) right now. No installing, no download, no hardware, just an Amazon account AWS account and an EC2 (i.e. not free, but can be very cheap).

I hate to say this, but you know I've never fired up an EC2 instance? Yeah, I know, I'm so 00's... :| Well I think this has pushed me over the edge and I'll be firing up an instance in the near future! MUHAHAHAHA... lol :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
SQL Server 2012 Edition and Licensing Revamp Round-up
SQL Server 2012 Data Quality Services Slide Demo
SQL Server 2012 (fka Denali) Developer Training Kit Web Installer Preview (Updated)
"Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name 'Denali'" Free (draft two chapter preview) eBook
Want Denali CTP3 (aka next version of SQL Server)? Here's a Hyper-V VHD just for you (in 36 parts, but I've also provided direct download URL's for use in your DM of choice...)
SQL Server Denali Sequence Object Overview
SQL Server Denali Feature Watch - FORMAT(), as in, "OMG we finally get .Net like Number/Date/Time formatting in our TSQL" Or "Saying goodbye to my old friend, Convert(103)..."
Time to start thinking about, and providing feedback on, what you’ll need to upgrade to Denali (aka next version of SQL Server)
Denali CTP3 introduces LocalDB - Think SQL Server Express crossed with SQL CE (or SQL CE grown up or SQL Express made as almost as easy CE)
SQL Server Denali FileTables Feature - The fruits of WinFS? (Think "A FileStream enabled table that you can access as a network file share and other standard File IO API's" or "SQL Server File System in a Table")
A couple SQL Server ColumnStore references...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daddy, tell me a story of how Amazon used their AWS to host their internal SharePoint 2010... "Once upon a time..."

Amazon Web Services Blog - New Whitepaper: Amazon's Corporate IT Deploys Corporate Intranet Running SharePoint 2010 on AWS

"Within Amazon, we often use the phrase "drinking our own champagne" to describe our practice of using our own products and services to prove them out under actual working conditions. We build products that we can use ourselves. We believe in them.

Amazon's Corporate IT recently wrapped up an important project and they have just documented the entire project in a new technical whitepaper.

Download whitepaper (PDF)

Amazon's Corporate IT team deployed its corporate intranet to Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008, all within a Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). This is a mission-critical internal corporate application that must deal with a large amount of very sensitive data.

The whitepaper describes the entire deployment process in step by step fashion: initial requirements analysis, security review, deployment success criteria, proof of concept, application architecture, configuration of SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server, and final production deployment

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Here's a snap of the 13 page PDF;

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I thought this something interesting and I've not seen much on SharePoint being hosted on AVPC/EC2/AWS...

Friday, September 09, 2011

New from Amazon, AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio (Think "If you do AWS from VS, get this ASAP...")

Amazon Web Services Blog - New - AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio

"If you are the kind of developer who likes to live in your IDE, you'll really appreciate the new AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio. We've provided you with enough power and control to allow you to develop, test, deploy, and maintain your applications without leaving Visual Studio.

The toolkit is a small (3.5 MB) download for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010. The AWS SDK for .NET is also installed by default:

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This looks like an awesome tool for AWS dev's that use Visual Studio.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Gladinet Cloud Desktop adds Amazon Cloud Drive support (Windows integration and syncing too)

Gladinet - Amazon Cloud Drive Windows Integration

“…This article shows how to integrate Amazon Cloud Drive into Windows as a mapped network drive letter to support the BASIC cloud storage use cases:

  • Backup local folders and files to Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Access Amazon Cloud Drive with a drive letter and drag/drop capability.
  • Sync folders and files across multiple PC, leveraging Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Integrate local applications such as MS Office with Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Connect local resources with online resources such as the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Install Gladinet Cloud Desktop and Mount Amazon Cloud Drive

The First step is to install Gladinet Cloud Desktop, which continues to support a wide variety of online storage services such as those from Microsoft, Google, Rackspace and Amazon.
Support for Amazon Cloud Drive has been added in the latest version of Gladinet Cloud Desktop. After installing version 3.2.607 or greater, the mounting virtual directory wizard will display a drop down item for Amazon Cloud Drive.

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Gladinet is one of THE names you hear when cloud drive storage is mentioned…

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player - Your 5GB free cloud storage and digital music locker (and web based player)
Mapping your SkyDrive – Windows Explorer your SkyDrive

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player - Your 5GB free cloud storage and digital music locker (and web based player)

The Road to Know Where - Amazon Releases Cloud Drive – 5GB Free!

Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer.

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Amazon Cloud Drive - Help

What is Amazon Cloud Drive?

Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard-drive in the cloud. Securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere.

All you need is a web browser to upload, download and access your files from any computer. Back up your files to ensure that your music, photos and personal documents are available to you wherever you go.

The Amazon Cloud drive offers 5 GB of free online storage that you can access from any computer. If you need more storage space, paid plans are available for storage up to 1,000 GB.

Automatically store your Amazon MP3 Purchases

When you purchase digital downloads from the Amazon MP3 Store, you can choose to automatically save your purchases to your Cloud Drive. All your purchases will be backed up and available to download anywhere, anytime.

Safe and secure storage

Amazon Cloud Drive provides customers with reliable, secure server storage. Each file is stored within Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3); the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites.

Access to your Cloud Drive is controlled through your Amazon.com user ID and password. All communications are encrypted using HTTPS, so that your data can pass securely over the Internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make a purchase to use Cloud Drive?

No, if you have an Amazon account, you have access to 5 GB of free online storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. If you purchase an album from the Amazon MP3 Store, you may be eligible for a free upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space for one year (this promotion is open to U.S. customers only). New Amazon MP3 purchases delivered to Cloud Drive do not count against a customer's storage space. If you need more storage space, paid plans are available for storage up to 1,000 GB.

What kinds of files can I store on Cloud Drive?

Amazon Cloud Drive allows customers to upload their digital files: music, photos, videos, documents, and more can be stored securely and available via web browser on any computer. New Amazon MP3 purchases delivered to Cloud Drive do not count against a customer's storage space.

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Amazon Cloud Player - Help

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Amazon Cloud Player for Web is a browser-based digital music player that lets you access music stored in your Cloud Drive for playback or download. Amazon Cloud Player requires an Internet connection and supports most browsers found on Mac or PC computers. You can launch the Amazon Cloud Player from the Amazon MP3 store or by going directly to www.amazon.com/cloudplayer. For a current list of supported browsers go to Amazon Cloud Player System Requirements. Additional platforms supported by Cloud Player are listed below.

Add your music collection to Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Player also supports the upload of music and playlists from your computer to Amazon Cloud Drive, making them accessible for playback and download. All new accounts are given free storage to begin uploading their content and greater storage tiers are available at an annual rate. See the Amazon Cloud Drive settings page for more information on special offers and pricing for larger storage solutions. All Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to your Cloud Drive are stored for free and dont count against your storage limits.

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Wow. This could be big… Given how Amazon has proven themselves in delivering services across products (i.e. Kindle books) think just how ground shaking this could be. This is what Microsoft’s SkyDrive could have been.

Will be keeping my eyes open for more details and utilities (like means to map a drive in Windows, play music in other players, SDK/API, etc, etc)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Microsoft takes aim at making Windows Web easy on Amazon EC2, with four AMI’s

Just Another IIS Blog - Microsoft Web Platform on Amazon EC2

“One thing we often hear from Web developers, especially those who offer Web site design and consulting services, is the need to get a Web site up quickly, which runs fast and gives them total control of the server for maximum flexibility and scalability. Today's post is about the four Microsoft Web Platform Images (AMIs) we offer on the Amazon EC2 platform. These four images allow you to start a blog, stream media or run a web application within minutes - live on the Internet!

EC2 meets the Microsoft Web Platform

EC2 and the Microsoft Web Platform come together in a really slick way. The four AMIs below give you the latest Microsoft Web Platform stack, including Visual Studio 2010 which was just released today. Each image comes with a complete walkthrough.

Full Development Server Image

Media Server Image

DotNetNuke Image

Wordpress Image

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I think this is pretty darn cool. That Microsoft, with all the time, effort, hype, etc invested in Azure is still willing to look outside their cloud… Sure, it’s still “Windows” but you and I know that they could very easily turn their backs on cloud/virtual hosting from others and push/force Azure. Instead they seem to understand it’s important to just make it easy for us to develop for Windows, no matter where that Windows is…

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Amazon EC2 to support Windows and SQL Server (later this fall)…

Thursday, March 25, 2010

“Demystifying The Cloud – An Introduction to Cloud Computing” free ebook which includes the three popular services, Amazon, Google and Azure

Janakiram MSV - Download The eBook - Demystifying The Cloud

“I wanted to write a technical book for a long time. Though some of the well known publishers approached me, I never mustered enough courage to sign up and commit to them. With a full time job and a busy schedule, I am not sure if I would be able to meet the deadlines and deliver it on time. For the last couple of months, I have been working on authoring my first eBook. This gave me the flexibility of working at my own pace to put together the chapters.

‘Demystifying The Cloud’ has 6 chapters. The first three chapters focus on the core concepts and terminologies while the rest of the chapters introduce the popular Cloud Computing stacks including Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure. This book is meant for developers who want to understand the fundamentals of Cloud Computing.

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From the PDF;

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This guide explains the concepts of Cloud Computing in simple terms. The first three chapters introduce the key concepts and the terminologies of the Cloud. The remaining chapters cover the major implementations of the Cloud Computing including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure Platform and Google App Engine. This is targeted towards to the beginners and intermediate developers with a basic understanding of web technologies.

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Given the introductory nature and scope (i.e. Amazon, Google and Azure) I thought this a nice reference for those who might not yet be “Cloud Conversant” (cough… management… cough… ;)

Remember, you might think “cloud” is almost old news now, but if you’re reading this then it’s possible that you are well ahead of the curve, an early adopter, a bleeding edge kind of geek. Not everyone has this trait. You might very well be years ahead of your peers, co-workers, leadership, etc. So it’s important that we capture resources to help them once they begin to catch up (and since you’ll have already forgotten where you saw this, all you need to remember is to search my blog for “cloud”… and you’ll find it… That’s what I do! lol)

(via msigeek.com - Download Video and Ebook – Overview of Cloud Computing)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Amazon Clouding it - “Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices” Whitepaper

Friday, January 15, 2010

Amazon Clouding it - “Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices” Whitepaper

Amazon Web Services Blog - New Whitepaper: Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices

“I am very happy to announce our new AWS whitepaper "Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices."

For several years, software architects have discovered and implemented several concepts and best practices to build highly scalable applications. Today, these concepts are even more applicable because of ever-growing datasets, unpredictable traffic patterns, and the demand for faster response times. This paper reinforces and reiterates some of traditional service-oriented architectural concepts and discusses how they may evolve in the context of cloud computing. It will also discuss some unprecedented concepts such as elasticity that have emerged due to the dynamic nature of the cloud.

This paper is targeted towards cloud architects who are gearing up to move an enterprise-class application from a fixed physical environment to a virtualized cloud environment. The focus of this paper is to highlight concepts, principles and best practices in creating new cloud applications or migrating existing applications to the cloud. Most importantly, the paper discusses some specific strategies on how to architect your application to leverage the benefits of the cloud benefits and some specific tactics on how to use different AWS features and services

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A nice high level technical whitepaper on building/architecting to take advantage of Amazon’s cloud offerings.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Amazon Web Services (AWS) .Net SDK Released

Amazon Web Services BlogNew AWS SDK for .NET Developers

“The new AWS SDK for .NET Developers will provide you with the libraries, code samples, and documentation needed to build an AWS-powered application using any programming language capable of making .NET calls including C#, Visual Basic, Windows PowerShell, and so forth.

The SDK includes the following goodies:

We also set up a dedicated .NET Forum and created a Windows & .NET Developer Center. …” [GD: Post Leach Level: 95%]

Amazon Web Services - AWS SDK for .Net

“The AWS SDK for .NET makes it even easier for Windows developers to build .NET applications that tap into the cost-effective, scalable, and reliable AWS cloud. Using the SDK, developers will be able to build solutions for AWS infrastructure services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Amazon SimpleDB. With the AWS SDK for .NET, developers get started in minutes with a single, downloadable package complete with Visual Studio project templates, the AWS .NET library, C# code samples, and documentation.

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A nice touch is that besides the DLL, docs (in Help 2 form) and some samples, they have also released the source to the library too (so you can see the magic behind the curtain, etc).