• CloudWatch extends Metrics retention, adds support for Percentiles and new User Interface

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2016

    CloudWatch announced the extension of metric retention from 14 days to 15 months, free of charge. CloudWatch has already stored at least 2 months of all existing metrics, which customers can begin using immediately to analyze seasonality, monthly trends and in the future, year-over-year comparisons and forecasts.

  • Announcing CloudWatch Metrics Price Reduction and New Volume-Based Pricing Tiers

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2016

    We are reducing the base price of CloudWatch Metrics from 3.11 CNY per metric per month to 2.00 CNY per metric per month, a 36% reduction in price. In addition, we are introducing new volume-based tiered pricing with even lower prices per metric, with savings up to 96%. These take effect in AWS China (BJS) region, operated by Sinnet, beginning December 1st, 2016.

  • Amazon EC2 price reduction announcement

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2016

    We happily announce that an EC2 price reduction will go in to effect on December 1, 2016, just in time to make your holiday season just a little bit more cheerful! Our engineering investments, coupled with our scale and our time-tested ability to manage our capacity, allow us to identify and pass on the cost savings to you.

    We are reducing prices for C4, M4, and T2 instances, depending on platform (Linux, RHEL, SUSE, Windows, and so forth). Price cuts apply across all AWS Regions. For example:

    • AWS China (BJS) region, operated by SINNET, reduces the price of M4 and T2 instances up to 10%, and C4 instances up to 5%.

    As always, you do not need to take any action in order to benefit from the reduction in On-Demand prices. If you are using billing alerts or our newly revised budget feature, you may want to consider revising your thresholds downward as appropriate.

    AWS China (BJS) region operated by SINNET

     

  • Revolutionizing S3 Storage Management with 4 New Features

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2016

    We’re excited to announce new features to the growing portfolio of Amazon S3 Storage Management capabilities to help you better analyze and manage your storage. Today’s release includes:

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 R4 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    You can now launch R4 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances, featuring a larger instance size, a new Intel Broadwell processor, improved networking and EBS performance, and cheaper on per GiB of RAM compared to R3 instances. R4 instances are well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads like Business Intelligence (BI), data mining & analysis, in-memory databases, distributed web scale in-memory caching, and applications performing real-time processing of unstructured big data.

  • Introducing t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge: Two New Larger Burstable Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    You can now launch the t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. The t2.xlarge features 16 GiB of memory and 4 vCPU, and the t2.2xlarge features 32 GiB of memory and 8 vCPU. These two new instances provide burstable-performance options for larger workloads. As with other T2 instances, t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are well suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. T2 instances are backed by Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz.

  • Now offering EC2 Convertible RIs and the RI regional benefit in AWS China (Beijing)

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    You can now use RIs that apply discounts regionally and purchase Convertible RIs in the AWS China (Beijing) region.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events is now available in the China (Beijing) AWS region

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the China (Beijing) region.

  • Now available: D2 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Dense-storage instances, are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2016

    You can now launch D2 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Dense-storage instances. D2 instances are designed for workloads that require high sequential read and write access to very large data sets, such as Hadoop distributed computing, massively parallel processing data warehousing, and log processing applications.

  • AWS Config launches in China (Beijing)

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2016

    AWS Config is now available in the China (Beijing) region. AWS Config is a fully managed service that gives you an inventory of your AWS resources, notifies you when the configurations of your resources change, and lets you audit the history of the configurations for those resources to enable security and governance.

  • Introducing new M4 instance size, m4.16xlarge, and new region availability of M4 instances

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2016

    We are excited to announce the availability of the m4.16xlarge, the largest instance size in the latest generation of EC2 General Purpose instances, featuring 64 vCPUs and 256 GiB of memory. The m4.16xlarge offers a balance of compute, memory, and network resources, and is a good choice for many applications including databases, data processing tasks, cluster computing, and web servers that require high computational horsepower or memory size.

  • What’s New: Announcing a Broader Operating Relationship Between AWS and Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2016

    Amazon Connect Technology Services (Beijing) Co. Ltd. (“Amazon”) and Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. Ltd. (“Sinnet”) are announcing a broader operating relationship. This new partnership is specifically designed for the Beijing Region and represents a further example of AWS’s commitment to making our best-in-class cloud service available to customers wishing to run workloads from datacenters in China. Beginning 1 August, AWS Cloud services in the Beijing Region will be operated and provided by Sinnet. AWS will continue to provide technology, guidance, and expertise to Sinnet. Please note that there will be no price changes as part of this transition, nor will there be changes to the AWS Cloud services experience. Additionally, customers of the AWS Beijing region can expect a simplified billing process.

    Questions and Answers

    1. Q: Why is AWS broadening the operating relationship with Sinnet?

    A: Chinese telecom regulations for operators of cloud services continue to evolve. By partnering with Sinnet, AWS is able to make its Beijing Region cloud services available to customers in a way that complies with these regulations, while still offering the same best-in-class standards offered in other AWS Regions. At the same time, we are simplifying elements of our billing and fapiao processes.

    2. Q: Is this model compliant with applicable telecom regulations?

    A: Yes, the new operating model is compliant with all current applicable telecom regulations.

    3. Q: What is the operating relationship with Sinnet?

    A: Beginning 1 August, AWS Cloud services from the Beijing Region will be operated and provided by Sinnet, with AWS continuing to provide technology, guidance, and expertise to Sinnet. This new operating model will apply to all existing customers and new customers running in the Beijing Region. Under the new operating model, Sinnet will enter into the customer agreement with customers, issue bills and fapiaos, and receive payment for AWS services.

    4. Q: Sinnet was already an important partner of AWS in China. How is this new model different from the earlier one?

    A: In the earlier model, Sinnet was AWS’s IDC partner in Beijing, which meant that they provided AWS customers IDC services, as well as billed for those services. AWS provided and billed for IT and software services. In the new model, Sinnet will provide and bill for both IDC and AWS IT and software services. Additionally, Sinnet will enter into customer agreements with users of the Beijing Region and offer customer support via the AWS console and other channels.

    5. Q: Will service prices be changing as a result of this adjustment to the operating model?

    A: No, there will be no service pricing adjustments as a result of this change.

    6. Q: How will customer’s bills change and when will that change occur?

    A: Beginning with the August billing cycle (which customers will see in September), customers will no longer see the billing lines “Sinnet Services – IDC” and “Sinnet Services – ISP” and related VAT for each itemized service charge. Instead, customers will see two lines per itemized service charge, one from Sinnet for the service charge and another for the VAT. Customers will also see a new logo on the bill (“AWS operated by Sinnet”) and references to “AWS” replaced by “Sinnet.” There will also be new payment remittance instructions, reflecting a new PayEase bank account.

    7. Q: How many fapiaos will customers receive, and who issues them?

    A: Under the new operating model, customers will receive only one fapiao, issued by Sinnet.

    8. Q: Will my customer agreement change, as a result of this adjustment to the operating model?

    A: Sinnet will be the counterparty to all customer agreements as of 1 August, 2016, and not AWS. The customer agreement will also be modified to reflect recent regulatory developments. However, the terms and conditions of the agreement will otherwise be substantially similar.

  • What’s New: Beijing Region Commercial Use Announcement

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2016

    Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), in collaboration with Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. Ltd. (“Sinnet”), announced that the AWS China (Beijing) Region is generally available to customers from datacenters in China that are being operated by Sinnet. Through this collaboration, AWS provides technology, guidance, and expertise to Sinnet while Sinnet operates and delivers AWS Cloud services. Specifically designed for the AWS Beijing Region, this expanded partnership with Sinnet, which commenced on Aug. 1, 2016, represents AWS’s commitment to bring best-in-class cloud services to customers looking to run workloads from datacenters in China. Developers, start-ups, enterprises, government organizations, and non-profits based in China or internationally can leverage the AWS China (Beijing) Region to run their technology applications from infrastructure in China, based on the same technology as AWS’s global service and operated locally by Sinnet.

    Users can sign up to start using the AWS Beijing Region at: http://www.amazonaws.cn/en/sign-up

  • Longer Format for EBS and Storage Gateway IDs

    Posted On: May 9, 2016

    In January, Amazon Web Services announced that longer IDs for EBS volumes and snapshots would be available in April. Starting today, you can opt in to using longer volume and snapshot IDs for EBS and Storage Gateway using APIs or the AWS Management Console.  

  • Amazon Redshift is now available in China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Apr 7, 2016

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region.

    Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse that makes it simple and cost-effective to analyze all of your data using your existing business intelligence tools for less than a tenth the cost of traditional data warehousing solutions.

  • New feature launched to AWS China (BJS) region, operated by SINNET - Amazon RDS for SQL Server – Support for Native Backup/Restore to Amazon S3

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2016

    As a managed database service, Amazon RDS takes care of the more routine aspects of setting up, running, and scaling a relational database. We first launched support for SQL Server in 2012. Continuing our effort to add features that have included SSL support, major version upgrades, transparent data encryption, enhanced monitoring and Multi-AZ, we have now added support for SQL Server native backup/restore.

    SQL Server native backups include all database objects: tables, indexes, stored procedures and triggers. These backups are commonly used to migrate databases between different SQL Server instances running on-premises or in the cloud. They can be used for data ingestion, disaster recovery, and so forth. The native backups also simplify the process of importing data and schemas from on-premises SQL Server instances, and will be easy for SQL Server DBAs to understand and use.

    To learn more please visit AWS Blog China

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Apr 6, 2016

    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the AWS China (Beijing) region.

    With CloudWatch Logs, you can monitor and troubleshoot your systems and applications using log data from other AWS services along with your own system, application, and custom log files. Logs are streamed in near real-time to highly durable, low-cost storage. In the Amazon CloudWatch Console, you can view and search your logs plus configure metrics extraction for specific phrases, values or patterns in your log data.

    To learn more about how CloudWatch Logs can help you better understand and operate your systems and applications, see the Amazon CloudWatch product details.

  • Amazon S3 & Amazon Glacier Price Drops

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2016

    Today, AWS announced that we are collapsing Amazon S3 price tiers and reducing storage prices across Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. We will collapse the number of Amazon S3 price tiers from six to three – 0-50 TB; 50 TB-500 TB; and 500+ TB – making it easier to understand your bill and project future costs. We will also reduce Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage prices by more than 20% in global regions. Together, these changes will help AWS customers even further reduce their cost of storage while still enjoying the simplicity, durability, and massive scalability of Amazon’s object storage services.
    The price adjustment for storage products in AWS China (BJS) Region, operated by SINNET, is as below:
    Glacier – 0.0334 RMB/GB/MONTH 55% reduction

    AWS customers will see the effect of these prices in their billing effective December 1, 2016.

    In addition to the S3 and Glacier storage price reductions, Glacier is enabling data to be retrieved in minutes, is offering an ultra-low-cost retrieval option, and is replacing the rate-based retrieval pricing with flat per-GB pricing.

    New retrieval options
    Customers now have three options for retrieving data from Glacier: Expedited, Standard, and Bulk.
    Standard: Customers can access any of their archives within within 3 – 5 hours. This the existing option and is the default option for unspecified requests.
    Expedited: Customers can now quickly access their data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. For all but the largest archives (250MB+),data accessed using Expedited retrievals are typically made available within 1 – 5 minutes. There are two types of Expedited retrievals: On-Demand and Provisioned. On-Demand requests are like EC2 On-Demand instances and are available the vast majority of the time. Provisioned requests are guaranteed to be available when you need them (but require the purchase of provisioned capacity for a nominal monthly fee).
    Bulk: Bulk retrievals are Glacier’s lowest-cost retrieval option, enabling customers to retrieve large amounts, even petabytes, of data inexpensively in a day. Bulk retrievals typically complete within 5 – 12 hours.

    These retrieval options are effective now.

  • Introducing Trusted Advisor in the China Region

    Posted On: Jan 2, 2015

    We are excited to announce that on December 15, 2014, AWS launched Trusted Advisor in the China (Beijing) region. AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and makes recommendations for saving money, improving system performance and reliability, or enhancing security. Since 2013, customers have viewed over 2.6 million best-practice recommendations and realized over $350 million in estimated cost reductions.

    In the China region, Trusted Advisor provides 14 checks for Business and Enterprise support customers for Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, Elastic IP addresses, service limits, and security group configuration. All AWS users can access two of the Trusted Advisor performance and security checks: Service Limits and Open Security Groups. The Trusted Advisor user interface appears in the AWS Management Console.

    The Trusted Advisor recent changes feature on the console dashboard brings status changes to your attention. The action links in some checks take you to the relevant service console if changes are necessary.

    For more information about Trusted Advisor, visit http://www.amazonaws.cn/en/support/trustedadvisor/

  • Announcing Limited Preview of the China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Apr 14, 2014

    AWS is excited to announce its limited preview of its China (Beijing) Region. Throughout the limited preview, we will continue to invite both China-based and multinational companies with customers in China to begin using the new Beijing Region to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Businesses or software developers can apply for access to the limited preview of AWS services in the AWS China Region today at www.amazonaws.cn.

    As a reminder, customers who wish to use the new Beijing Region are required to sign up for a separate set of account credentials unique to the China (Beijing) Region. Customers with existing AWS credentials will not be able to access resources in the new Region, and vice versa.

    Please visit the new China website for more information at www.amazonaws.cn.

  • Announcing the AWS China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2013

    AWS is excited to announce its upcoming limited preview of its China (Beijing) Region. In the limited preview, which will be deployed in early 2014, a select group of China-based and multinational companies with customers in China will be invited to begin using the new Beijing Region to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Businesses or software developers can apply for access to the limited preview of AWS services in the AWS China Region today at http://www.amazonaws.cn.

    Customers who wish to use the new Beijing Region are required to sign up for a separate set of account credentials unique to the China (Beijing) Region. Customers with existing AWS credentials will not be able to access resources in the new Region, and vice versa.

    Under the Limited Preview phase, access to the new Region will be by invitation only. AWS will periodically review applicants for the limited preview and invite more and more customers to experience our services in China. The China (Beijing) Region aims to help customers reduce latency to end-users based in China while avoiding the up-front expenses, long-term commitments, and scaling challenges associated with maintaining and operating their own infrastructure. Beijing joins Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo as the fourth Region in Asia Pacific and as the tenth Region worldwide. We will gradually open up the Region for a wider range of customers over time.

    AWS’s new Beijing Region will support Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Storage Gateway, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS Management Console, and AWS Premium Support.

    Please visit the new China website for more information at www.amazonaws.cn.