• Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore provides the capability to easily create on-demand and continuous backups of your DynamoDB tables and restore from these backups, if needed. You can back up tables from a few megabytes to hundreds of terabytes of data, with no impact on the performance or availability of your production applications.

    With on-demand backup and restore, you can create full backups of your DynamoDB table for data archiving and retention, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. Point-in-time recovery (PITR) provides continuous backups of your DynamoDB table data, protecting you against accidental writes or deletes. When you enable PITR, you can recover that table from backup at any point in time from the moment you enable it to a maximum of the 35 preceding days.

    DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in 16 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), South America (Sao Paulo), and China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet.

    You can enable backup and restore for your DynamoDB table data with a single click in the AWS Management Console, a simple API call, or with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). To learn more about DynamoDB backup and restore, see Backup and Restore.
     

  • Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker Volumes and Volume Plugins

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    You can now easily configure your containerized application to access storage volumes backed by Local instance storage or Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) 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 product page.

  • Amazon Redshift Automatically Enables Short Query Acceleration in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon Redshift now enables Short Query Acceleration by default to speed up execution of short-running queries such as reports, dashboards, and interactive analysis. Short Query Acceleration uses machine learning to provide higher performance, faster results, and better predictability of query execution times.

    Short-running queries can be delayed when entering a queue behind a long-running query like an extract, transform, and load (ETL) operation. Short Query Acceleration (SQA) uses machine learning to predict the execution time of a query, and move short-running queries to an express ‘short query’ queue. With SQA, short-running queries begin executing more quickly, and users see results sooner. The acceleration varies based on workload, though we have observed 3x improvements in short query performance for internal workloads.

    In the latest release, SQA is enabled by default. To learn more, please refer to our documentation.

    This feature is available in all regions where Amazon Redshift is available. For more information on where Amazon Redshift is available, see the AWS region table.

  • Troubleshoot your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains easily using Error Logs

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you enable Elasticsearch error logs, providing you valuable information for troubleshooting your search and indexing operations quickly and easily. These logs are published to the Amazon CloudWatch Logs service and can be turned on or off at will. You only need to pay for the CloudWatch charges that you incur based on your usage. No additional Amazon Elasticsearch Service fees apply.  

  • Amazon EC2 P3 instances, one of the most powerful GPU instances in the cloud, now available in 6 additional regions

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    Amazon EC2 P3 instances are now available in the EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and China (Ningxia) AWS region operated by NWCD, bringing the total number of available regions to 14.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL Now Supports Delayed Replication

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports delayed replication in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. This feature allows you to set a configurable time period for which a read replica lags behind the source database. In a standard MySQL replication configuration, there is minimal replication delay between the source and the replica. With delayed replication, you can introduce an intentional delay as a strategy for disaster recovery.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.6.40 and 5.7.22

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.6.40 and 5.7.22 in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine.

  • Amazon Aurora is Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon Aurora is now available to customers in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Optimized TensorFlow 1.9 with Horovod, Apache MXNet 1.2 with Keras 2, Upgraded NVIDIA stack, and More

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with an optimized build of TensorFlow 1.9 custom-built directly from the source code and fine-tuned for high performance training, Horovod for TensorFlow multi-GPU scaling, the latest Apache MXNet 1.2 performance and usability improvements, the new Keras 2-MXNet backend with high performance multi-GPU training support, a new MXBoard tool for improved debugging and visualization of MXNet training models, an upgraded NIVIDA stack, and support for Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) for framework interoperability.  

  • Network Load Balancer is Now Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Network Load Balancer, designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies, is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Network Load Balancer is optimized to handle volatile traffic patterns while using a single static IP address per Availability Zone. It operates at connection level (Layer 4), routing connections to Amazon EC2 instances, containers, and IP addresses based on IP protocol data. It also preserves the client-side source IP, allowing applications to see the IP address of the client that can then be used by applications for further processing.

    With this regional launch, Network Load Balancer is now available in 16 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Canada (Central), AWS GovCloud (US) Regions and AWS China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region operated by NWCD.

    Learn more about Network Load Balancer by visiting Elastic Load Balancing.

  • AWS Database Migration Service and AWS Schema Conversion Tool are Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) and AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD.

  • Improved AWS Management Console with Advanced Capabilities now Available

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    Starting today, the AWS Management Console makes it easier to find services, access them quickly, and discover learning content that helps you get started with AWS services.

    When you access the AWS Management Console, you can search for AWS services using keywords that describe what the service does, even if you don't remember the actual service name. You can create shortcuts to your favorite services by clicking on the “pin” on the top of the Management Console, or you can let the Management Console create shortcuts for you automatically each time you visit a service.

    If you are new to AWS services, the “Build a Solution” feature helps you get started with popular AWS services.

    These improvements are available in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. To start using these features, login to the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon EBS Extends Elastic Volumes to Support EBS Magnetic (Standard) Volume Type

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    Starting today, Elastic Volumes extends support to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) magnetic (standard) volume type. You can now dynamically increase capacity or change the type of magnetic (standard) volumes with no downtime or performance impact using a simple API call or a few console clicks. You can streamline and automate changes using Amazon CloudWatch with AWS Lambda.

  • Amazon API Gateway Increases API Limits in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet; and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon API Gateway increased the default limit of APIs per account to 600 regional APIs.

  • Amazon S3 Announces Increased Request Rate Performance

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon S3 now provides increased performance to support up to 3,500 requests per second to add data and 5,500 requests per second to retrieve data, which can save significant processing time for no additional charge. Each S3 prefix can support these request rates, making it simple to increase performance exponentially.

    Applications running on Amazon S3 today will enjoy this performance improvement with no changes, and customers building new applications on S3 do not have to make any application customizations to achieve this performance. Amazon S3’s support for parallel requests means you can scale your S3 performance by the factor of your compute cluster, without making any customizations to your application. Performance scales linearly per prefix, so you can use as many prefixes as you need in parallel to achieve the required throughput.

    This S3 request rate performance increase removes any previous guidance to randomize object prefixes to achieve faster performance. That means you can now use logical or sequential naming patterns in S3 object naming without any performance implications. This improvement is now available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD and AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet. For more information, visit the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

  • Delegate Permission Management to Employees by Using IAM Permissions Boundaries

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Today, we released a new AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM) feature that makes it easier for you to delegate IAM permissions management to trusted employees. 

  • Add Scaling to Services You Build on AWS

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Starting today, Application Auto Scaling can be used to add scaling to any services that you build on AWS.

  • AWS Lambda Supports .NET Core 2.1

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code in C# using the .NET Core 2.1 runtime which will soon be the Long Term Support (LTS) version of .NET Core. You can use any of the new runtime features like the more performant HTTP client implementation and types for representing contiguous regions of arbitrary memory. For more details, read the Lambda documentation.

  • Amazon ECR Lifecycle Policies Adds Filtering Option for Tagged Images

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) now supports setting lifecycle policy rules for all images, without requiring a tag value. This makes it easier to set rules to automate container image cleanup in your Amazon ECR repositories.

    Previously, when creating a rule to filter tagged container images, you were required to specify a tag value. This made it difficult to select images that were automatically tagged with a computer generated value, a common situation for images pushed to Amazon ECR from a CI/CD pipeline.

    Now, Amazon ECR allows you to select all images (tagged and untagged) in a single rule and filter on other image properties without needing to specify a tag value. You can enable this by adding a rule with tagStatus = “Any” for your Amazon ECR lifecycle policies.

    See the Amazon ECR documentation to learn more about image lifecycle policies.

    Amazon ECR is available in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.0.35, 10.1.34, and 10.2.15

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB minor versions 10.0.35, 10.1.34, and 10.2.15 in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • AWS Snowball Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS Snowball available to help customers migrate data to the cloud faster and more cost effectively in China

    AWS Snowball is a data transport solution that accelerates moving terabytes to petabytes of data into and out of AWS using storage appliances designed to be secure for physical transport. Using Snowball helps to eliminate challenges that can be encountered with large-scale data transfers including high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns. Beyond large-scale data transfers, AWS Snowball also supports importing data from a Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

    Log in your Management Console now to start using AWS Snowball.

  • AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Includes All Management Events

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Starting today, AWS CloudTrail’s event history will automatically log all read and write management events for supported AWS services. Event history lets you view, filter, and download your recent AWS account activity. This new release allows you to gain additional visibility into your account actions taken over the past 90 days without setting up a trail.

  • AWS Lambda Supports Amazon SQS as an Event Source

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS Lambda now supports Amazon SQS as an event source. This allows you to build serverless applications with Lambda using message queues as the event source. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. AWS Managed Microsoft AD enables you to use a highly available managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.

  • Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon RDS for Oracle in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2018

    Following on the launch announcement from EC2, we are excited to announce Optimize CPUs for RDS Oracle in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Optimize CPU provides customers greater control of their RDS Oracle instances on two fronts. First, customers can specify a custom number of cores when launching new instances to save on vCPU-based licensing costs. Second, they can disable Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) for workloads that perform well with single-threaded CPUs.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis announces support for Redis 4.0 with caching improvements and better memory management for high-performance in-memory data processing in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, today announced support for Redis 4.0.10. Now you can take advantage of the new caching improvements and better memory management capabilities in Redis 4.0 and improve performance and memory usage of your in-memory data processing workloads.

  • Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by SINNET

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    You can now provision Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by SINNET. Dedicated Hosts are physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses, including Windows Server, SQL Server, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and can also help you meet license compliance requirements.

  • Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery is now available for Dedicated Instances

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Auto Recovery is an Amazon EC2 feature that is designed to increase instance availability. Auto Recovery is now available for Dedicated Instances in all Regions, including AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. You can now automatically recover Dedicated Instances when a system impairment is detected. This feature recovers the instance on different underlying hardware and reduces the need for manual intervention. 

  • Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for Amazon CloudWatch Metrics

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor the performance of Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) when using subscription filter policies. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service Offers Additional Cost Savings with Reserved Instances in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 29, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Reserved Instances, an additional pricing option that offers significant savings on usage costs for the C4, M4, R4, and I3 instance families. Reserved Instances require a one- or three-year commitment, and have three payment options: All Upfront, Partial Upfront, and No Upfront. 

  • AWS SAM CLI Simplifies Building Serverless Apps with the SAM init Command

    Posted On: May 25, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface (CLI), also referred to as SAM Local, lets you locally build, test, and debug serverless applications defined by AWS SAM templates. Now, you can use the SAM init command to initialize a ready-to-deploy SAM application in your preferred runtime.  

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server expands its High Availability support to the AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. This new high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology with additional improvements to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between two AWS Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failures in other Availability Zones.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports X1 Instance Types in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    You can now launch with X1 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports X1 Instance Types in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    You can now launch with X1 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

  • Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 Instances in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 14, 2018

    Today, we are announcing the availability of Optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 instances. This feature provides customers greater control of their EC2 instances on two fronts. First, customers can specify a custom number of vCPUs when launching new instances to save on vCPU-based licensing costs. Second, they can disable Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) for workloads that perform well with single-threaded CPUs, like certain high-performance computing (HPC) applications. 

  • Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR are now available in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) are now available in the China (Ningxia) region operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD).

  • Third AZ in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Customers are now able to use three Availability Zones (AZs) in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. We launched the third AZ to provide customers with additional flexibility to architect applications across multiple AZs in AWS China (Ningxia) Region for high availability and fault tolerance. With this launch, AWS services are now available in 55 Availability Zones across 18 technology infrastructure regions globally.

  • AWS Linked Account Bills now Reflect an Account’s Unblended Costs

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    Starting today, customers with consolidated billing will receive linked account bills that show each account’s unblended rates and costs.

  • Quickly Identify When Your IAM User Last Used An Access Key

    Posted On: May 3, 2018

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now reports the time stamp when an IAM user last used their access key in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Include Optimized TensorFlow 1.7 for Faster Training on Amazon EC2 Instances, Now Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs now include advanced optimizations for TensorFlow 1.7 that are tailored to deliver higher-performance training across Amazon EC2 instances.

    For CPU-based training scenarios, the AMIs now include TensorFlow 1.7 built with Intel’s Advanced Vector Instructions (AVX), SSE, and FMA instruction sets, to accelerate vector and floating point computations. The AMIs are also fully configured with Intel MKL-DNN to accelerate math routines used in neural network training on Intel Xeon processors powering Amazon EC2 C3 and C4 instances. 

    In addition, to improve training performance for GPU-based scenarios, the AMIs include an optimized build of TensorFlow 1.7 fully configured with NVIDIA CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7 to take advantage of mixed precision training on Volta V100 GPUs powering Amazon EC2 P3 instances.

    The AMIs automatically deploy the build of TensorFlow optimized for the EC2 instance of your choice when you activate the TensorFlow virtual environment for the first time.

    You can find the Deep Learning AMI of your choice in the Quick Start section of the Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in the EC2 instance launch wizard. Also visit our Documentation guide for help with selecting the right AMI for your project, simple tutorials and more resources.

  • Amazon S3 Adds Support for Amazon Glacier and S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access to Amazon CloudWatch Storage Metrics in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3 now includes storage metrics for Amazon Glacier and S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA) storage classes. Storage that has been uploaded to S3 One Zone-IA or transitioned to S3 One Zone-IA or Amazon Glacier from S3 Standard or S3 Standard-IA storage classes using S3 Lifecycle policies will be available in CloudWatch storage metrics. These storage metrics will also include object overhead bytes applied to objects in Amazon Glacier and small objects in S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA.

    You can monitor bucket storage using CloudWatch, which collects and processes storage data from Amazon S3 into readable, daily metrics. These storage metrics for Amazon S3 are reported once per day and are provided at no additional cost.

    Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3 is available in all commercial AWS Regions starting today, including AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

    To learn more about CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3, please visit the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

  • AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, Achieves MLPS Level III Accreditation for Cloud Services

    Posted On: Apr 28, 2018

    [Beijing]—April 28, 2018–Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, has achieved multi-level protection scheme (MLPS) Level III certification in China for cloud storage services, cloud computing services, and cloud infrastructure network. MLPS is the country's most authoritative security certification for information products and systems, based on the Regulations of the Protection of the Computer Information System Security of the People's Republic of China, Administrative Measures for the Security Protection of the International Access of Computer Information Networks, and Administrative Measures for the Information Security Protection Classification.

  • Easier way to control access to AWS region using IAM policies

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now enables simplified permissions management in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD. IAM allows you to use a single IAM policy condition across all AWS services to control access to a specific region. By adding the new global condition key ‘aws:RequestedRegion’ in the condition element of your IAM policy, you can control access to the region in which an IAM principal (user or role) can perform AWS actions.

  • Amazon EC2 T2 instance types on Windows with SQL Server Enterprise are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2018

    Windows with SQL Server Enterprise Edition is now available on t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge instance types in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. Amazon EC2 T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 General Purpose instance type that provides a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. T2 instances are ideal for a variety of general-purpose applications like micro-services, small and medium databases and product prototypes. 

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Introduces New CPU Utilization Metric For Better Visibility Into Redis Workloads in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, today announced the availability of a new metric - EngineCPUUtilization which provides access to the Redis process CPU utilization to gain better insights into your Redis workloads. As Redis is single threaded and uses just one CPU core at any given point in time, the new metric provides more precise visibility into the load of the Redis process itself.

  • Amazon ECS provides ECS-Optimized AMI metadata via SSM Parameters

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows users to dynamically get the latest ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID when creating an Amazon ECS cluster made up of Amazon EC2 instances.

  • Amazon EC2 X1 Instances are now Available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon EC2 X1 instances, designed for running large-scale, in-memory applications and in-memory databases in the AWS cloud, are now available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

  • Announcing S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, a New Amazon S3 Storage Class

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon S3 Select Is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math to perform calculations across multiple metrics for real-time analysis. You can visualize these computed metrics through the console, add them to CloudWatch Dashboards, or retrieve through the newly launched GetMetricData API. Metric Math enables you to easily derive insights from your existing CloudWatch metrics and better understand the operational health and performance of your infrastructure.  

  • AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v8.10

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v8.10. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js v8.10 such as the new V8 6.0 engine, Lambda functions written in Node.js 8.10 can now use the async/await pattern to specify error or return values for the function execution. 

  • Amazon EBS Adds Support for Tagging EBS Snapshots Upon Creation and Resource-Level Permissions in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now tag your Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Snapshots at the time of creation. You can do this from the Amazon EC2 console or through the CreateSnapshot API. By tagging resources at the time of creation, you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation. 

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Cross-Account AWS Lambda Authorizers and Integrations

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now use an AWS Lambda function from a different AWS account as the Lambda Authorizer or Integration backend for your Amazon API Gateway API Methods. This allows for better management and security controls when working across different teams that may have their own AWS accounts.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Resource Policies for APIs

    Posted On: Apr 11, 2018

    You can now attach resource policies to APIs in Amazon API Gateway, making it easier to set access controls for invoking your APIs.

  • Amazon S3 Adds New Features for Data Security and Compliance

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    You now have a number of new Amazon S3 features to augment data protection and simplify compliance in AWS China Regions including Default Encryption, encryption status in S3 Inventory reports, and additional object age groups in S3 Storage Class Analysis.

  • Making Easier to Track Your Amazon EBS Volume State in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) has added new Amazon CloudWatch Events to notify customers when volume creation or deletion is accomplished. Instead of having to continuously poll describe-volume API to determine whether the volume has been created or deleted after issuing the command, customers can use these events to track the volume state. 

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. AWS SMS is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. It allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations. 

  • Now Enable Federated Access to your AWS Resources for up to 12 hours Using IAM Roles

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    Now, you can enable your applications and federated users in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD to complete longer running workloads in the AWS cloud using a single session by increasing the maximum session duration up to 12 hours for an IAM role. You can extend the maximum session duration for an IAM role to up to 12 hours using the IAM console or CLI. Once you increase the maximum session duration, users and applications assuming the IAM role can request temporary credentials that expire when the IAM role session expires.

  • Amazon SNS Introduces New Message Filtering Operators in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2018

    Amazon SNS message filtering now supports both numeric and string matching. Specifically, string matching operators allow for exact, prefix, and “anything-but” comparisons, while numeric matching operators allow for exact and range comparisons. You can leverage this new set of operators to further simplify pub/sub messaging architectures by offloading to SNS message filtering logic from subscribers, as well as routing logic from publishers. 

  • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 23, 2018

    Today, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is introducing support for using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles, a new type of role that allows you to easily delegate permissions to AWS services.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.0.34, 10.1.31 and 10.2.12

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Server minor versions 10.0.34, 10.1.31 and 10.2.12 in in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • Amazon EC2 now Offers Application Consistent Snapshots with Microsoft VSS in the in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 9, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) now supports Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) enabled EBS snapshots for Windows Server AMIs in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by SINNET, and the AWS China (Ningxia) Regions, operated by NWCD.

    With this launch, you can now take VSS-enabled EBS snapshots of your running Windows instances without the need to create custom scripts, or shutting down the instances. To read more about this capability go to the AWS documentation.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21

    Posted On: Mar 9, 2018

    Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21 in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Two-Minute Notification is Now Available via Amazon CloudWatch Events in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Spot Instances receive a two-minute notification when these instances are about to be reclaimed by Amazon EC2. Starting today, the two-minute warning for Spot Instances is available via Amazon CloudWatch Events CLI and will continue to be available by accessing the Instance Metadata service.  

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Introduce Chainer and PyTorch 0.3.1 Support

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs provide pre-configured environments for machine learning developers and data scientists to quickly start experimenting with deep learning models. The AMIs now come with support for Chainer, a flexible and intuitive framework for neural networks. Chainer uses a "define-by-run" approach that enables developers to define their deep learning network architecture on the fly. Such dynamic computational graphs are especially helpful while working with recurrent neural networks (RNNs), and with inputs of variable length like in natural language processing. This release also includes PyTorch 0.3.1 and Apache MXNet 1.1 which provide performance enhancements and bug fixes.

    You can find the Deep Learning AMI of your choice in the Quick Start section of the Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in the EC2 instance launch wizard. Also visit our Documentation guide for help with selecting the right AMI for your project, simple tutorials and more resources.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports R4 and New T2 and M4 Instance Types in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

  • Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2018

    You can now provision Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Dedicated Hosts are physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses, including Windows Server, SQL Server, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and can also help you meet license compliance requirements.

  • AWS Direct Connect provides flexibility for balancing data transfer out over private interface

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    AWS Direct Connect provides private, high bandwidth connectivity between customers’ network and AWS Cloud. The traffic sent over AWS Direct Connect connection stays within AWS private network instead of traversing the public internet.

  • 10x Higher API Call Rates for Amazon Kinesis Client Library (KCL) Applications

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    We are excited to announce the new ListShards API which makes it easier for your Kinesis Data Streams KCL applications to scale. Many Kinesis Data Streams customers use the KCL to process records from their data streams. Starting in version 1.9.0 or later, key KCL API functions now use the ListShards API, which supports a 10x higher call rate limit compared to the DescribeStream API, which was used for these functions in earlier KCL versions.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs now includes TensorFlow 1.5.0, and new Model Serving and Debugging Capabilities

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs provide pre-configured environments for machine learning developers and data scientists to quickly start experimenting with deep learning models. The Conda-based Deep Learning AMI, which provides pre-installed pip packages of popular deep learning frameworks in separate virtual environments, now supports Caffe, includes TensorFlow version 1.4.1, Keras 2.1.2, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.3.1, and Theano 1.0.

    The Conda-based AMI also provides TensorFlow Serving for developers to quickly create an inference end-point for their TensorFlow models, as well as the TensorBoard visualization tool. The AMIs come with easy-to-follow MNIST-based tutorials for both TensorFlow Serving and TensorBoard. Apache MXNet users can benefit from the MXNet Model Server to quickly deploy an HTTP-based inference endpoint for their models.

    The CUDA 9 Source Code AMI, which provides pre-installed deep learning frameworks and their source code in a shared python environment, now includes TensorFlow 1.5.0-rc0 version. This version of TensorFlow works with CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7, making it the first version of TensorFlow that leverages the computing power of NVidia Volta GPUs powering Amazon EC2 P3 instances. Since the version is still pre-release, test before you use it in production.

    All the AWS Deep Learning AMIs for both Ubuntu and Amazon Linux platforms are updated with the latest NVidia GPU drivers and operating system versions that include security patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities discovered earlier this month.

    You can find the Deep Learning AMI of your choice in the Quick Start section of the Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in the EC2 instance launch wizard. Also visit our Documentation guide for help with selecting the right AMI for your project, simple tutorials and more resources.

  • AWS Config rules are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jan 26, 2018

    AWS Config now supports Config rules in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet. Config provides you with pre-built rules for evaluating the configuration of your AWS resources as well as software within managed instances, including Amazon EC2 instances and servers running on-premises. You can customize pre-built rules to evaluate your AWS resource configurations and configuration changes, or create your own custom rules that define your internal best practices and guidelines for resource configurations. Using Config, you can assess your resource configurations and resource changes for compliance against the built-in or custom rules.

    To learn more about AWS Config rules, visit here

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations. 

  • Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker 17.09

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports Docker version 17.09.01-ce. The Amazon ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) now includes the ECS Agent 1.16.2 as well as Docker version 17.09.01-ce. 

  • Amazon RDS Read Replicas Now Support Multi-AZ Deployments

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon RDS Read Replicas for MySQL and MariaDB now support Multi-AZ deployments in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Combining Read Replicas with Multi-AZ enables you to build a resilient disaster recovery strategy and simplify your database engine upgrade process. 

  • Easily restore an Amazon RDS MySQL database from your MySQL Backup

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Starting today you can easily create a new Amazon RDS for MySQL database instance from a backup of your existing MySQL database in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. This includes MySQL databases running on Amazon EC2 or outside of AWS services. This is done by creating a backup of using the Percona XtraBackup tool and uploading the resulting files to an Amazon S3 bucket. You then create a new Amazon RDS DB Instance from the backup files in Amazon S3, directly through the RDS Console or AWS Command Line Interface. 

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2018

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for PostgreSQL

  • Now publish log files from Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    You can now publish logs from your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases to CloudWatch Logs. Supported logs include general log, slow query log, audit log, and error log. Publishing these logs to CloudWatch Logs allows you to maintain continuous visibility into database activity, query performance, and errors in your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases. For example, you can set up CloudWatch Alarms to notify you on frequent restarts which are recorded in the error log. Similarly, alarms for events recorded in general or audit logs can be created to alert on unwanted changes made to your databases. You may also create alarms to monitor the slow query log and enable timely detection of long-running queries.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Introduces New Pricing Model and the Ability to Launch Spot Instances via RunInstances API in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    Amazon EC2 simplified the Spot pricing by moving to a model which delivers low, predictable prices that adjust gradually, based on long-term trends in supply and demand. You will continue to save up to 90% off the On-Demand instances price and you will continue to pay the Spot price that's in effect at the beginning of each instance-hour for your running instance. 

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Instances are now available in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 Spot instances - low cost EC2 instances - are now available in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. Spot instances are ideal for fault tolerant or stateless workloads such as big data & analytics, containers & stateless web servers, batch, high performance computing, CI/CD and test workloads. 

  • Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instances are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    Launch Templates are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet. Launch Templates is a new capability that enables a new way to templatize your launch requests. Launch Templates streamline and simplify the launch process for Auto Scaling, Spot Fleet, Spot, and On-Demand instances. 

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Supports R4 and New T2 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2018

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and MariaDB in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet. 

  • Announcing a new pricing plan for AWS IoT

    Posted On: Dec 29, 2017

    We are excited to announce a significant change to AWS IoT pricing that will go into effect January 1, 2018. Previously, AWS IoT charged for the use of connectivity, messaging, Thing Shadow, Thing Registry, and Rules Engine under a bundled pricing plan. The new plan unbundles pricing by charging for these components independently. This allows you to tailor costs around your specific workload, and ensures you only pay for what you use. 

  • Circuit Breaking Logic for the Amazon ECS Service Scheduler

    Posted On: Dec 22, 2017

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service scheduler now includes logic that throttles how often tasks are restarted if they repeatedly fail to launch. 

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to tag Their Elastic IPs

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers ability to tag Elastic IPs. With tagging support, customers can add Key and Value metadata to search, filter and organize their Elastic IPs. Tagging for Elastic IPs is available through the AWS Console and CLI. 

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, providing fully-configured virtual environments for AI developers and data scientists to quickly start experimenting with deep learning models.

  • Improved Amazon SNS Console Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Several enhancements have been made to the functionality and user experience of the Amazon SNS console in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet. Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a flexible, fully managed pub/sub messaging and mobile notifications service for coordinating the delivery of messages to subscribing endpoints and clients. These improvements to the SNS console have made navigation and categorization of information easier, and allow you to now view up to 100,000 SNS topics, subscriptions and endpoints. You also can now run data validation for items such as resource names, ARNs and policies. 

  • Now Add Additional Protection to Your AWS Accounts by enabling Virtual MFA during Sign-in

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Now, you can add additional protection to your AWS accounts in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD, by enabling virtual multi-factor authentication (MFA) when you sign in to the AWS Management Console. By setting up a virtual MFA, you will be required to provide a second factor of authentication during every sign-in to protect your account from unauthorized access in case your username and password has been compromised. Before you begin setting up your virtual MFA, you will need to download an application that you can use to host the virtual MFA devices. You can configure your virtual MFA on your Security Credentials tab by using the downloaded application.

  • What’s New: AWS and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd (NWCD) Announce a Second AWS Region in China, Now Available to Customers

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD), a cloud services provider in China, today announced a strategic technology partnership and the launch of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. NWCD operates and provides services from the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, in full compliance with Chinese regulations. Founded in 2015, NWCD is a licensed datacenter and cloud services provider, based in Ningxia, China. NWCD joins Sinnet, the operator of the AWS China (Beijing) Region, as AWS’s second operating partner in China. Through these relationships, AWS provides its industry-leading technology, guidance, and expertise to NWCD and Sinnet, while NWCD and Sinnet operate and provide AWS Cloud services to local customers. While the cloud services offered in both AWS China Regions are the same as those available in other AWS Regions, the AWS China Regions are isolated from all other AWS Regions and operated by AWS’s Chinese partners separately from all other AWS Regions. Customers using the AWS China Regions enter into customer agreements with Sinnet in Beijing and NWCD in Ningxia, rather than with AWS. Existing customers can choose the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and/or the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, by selecting either AWS China Region directly from the Management Console, while new customers can request an account at www.amazonaws.cn to begin using either AWS China Region.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.1.26 and 10.0.32

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB minor versions 10.1.26 and 10.0.32. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Message Filtering is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    You can now use message filtering on Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) to build simpler and more streamlined pub/sub architectures. Message filtering enables Amazon SNS topic subscribers to selectively receive only a subset of the messages they are interested in, as opposed to receiving all messages published to a topic. This new approach removes the design complexity of implementing message filtering logic in your subscribers, or message routing logic in your publisher systems. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    You can now log the execution activity of your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail Lambda data events. Previously, you could only log Lambda management events, which provide information on when and by whom a function was created, modified, or deleted. Now, you can also record Lambda data events and get additional details on when and by whom an Invoke API call was made and which Lambda function was executed. All Lambda data events are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket and Amazon CloudWatch Events, which allows you to respond to events recorded by CloudTrail. For example, you can quickly determine which Lambda functions were executed in the past three days and identify the source of the Invoke API calls. You can take immediate action to restrict Invoke API calls to known users or roles if you detect inappropriate Lambda activity.

    You can turn on logging for AWS Lambda data events using the AWS CloudTrail console, AWS CLI, and SDKs. You can view and select which Lambda functions get logged by creating a new trail or editing an existing trail.

    Please visit AWS CloudTrail documentation page for more information.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU5 is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU5 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions on the Windows Operating Systems. You can now leverage SQL Server 2017 features such as GraphDB, Automatic Plan Correction, and Resumable Index Rebuilds on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances.

  • Amazon RDS Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 16TB and Faster Scaling for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL Engines in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS database instances for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL database engines with up to 16TB of storage. Existing database instances can also be scaled up to 16TB storage without any downtime.

  • Amazon ElastiCache now supports the R4 node family in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache now supports R4 node types. R4 nodes are optimized for latency sensitive and memory intensive workloads. They come in six sizes, providing 12.3GiB to 407GiB of available in-memory capacity. By setting up a 15-shard cluster for Redis, you can scale up to 6.1TiB of in-memory capacity. Likewise, for Memcached, you can set up a 20-node cluster to support up to 8.14 TiB in-memory workloads. Equipped with the Intel Broadwell processor, and improved networking, R4 node family offers superior performance over the popular R3 node family.

  • Amazon IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Calling Lambda Function from Rule SQL

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    You can now call a Lambda Function in the SQL statement of your rule by calling a lambda function in the SELECT statement to enrich IoT message data with external services like weather, geo-location, and maps. You can also call a lambda function from the WHERE clause to evaluate a condition with context from external services. For example, you can evaluate if the reported device position lies inside or outside a geographic area by calling an external geo-fencing endpoint like HERE maps (sample) and then triggering an SNS Action if it lies outside the area.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis introduces dynamic addition and removal of shards while continuing to serve workloads in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis introduces Online Cluster Resizing to add and remove shards from a running cluster. You can now dynamically scale-out or scale-in your Redis cluster workloads to adapt to changes in demand. ElastiCache will resize the cluster and redistribute hash slots uniformly across the new shard configuration, all while the cluster continues to stay online and serve requests. Additionally, for optimized processing, you can also rebalance a cluster and uniformly distribute the slot space, without changing the number of shards. 

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Instances are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 Spot instances, low cost EC2 instances, are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet.

  • Amazon ECS Introduces AWSVPC Networking Mode for Containers to Support Full Networking Capabilities

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    Tasks running on Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) can now take advantage of AWSVPC mode for container networking. This new mode allocates an elastic networking interface to each running task, providing a dynamic private IP address and internal DNS name. This simplifies container networking operations, allowing tasks to run with full networking features on AWS, just like EC2 instances. 

  • AWS Lambda is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet.

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2017

    AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to triggers and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information. AWS Lambda starts running your code within milliseconds of a trigger such as an image upload, in-app activity, website click, or output from a connected device. You can also use AWS Lambda to create new back-end services where compute resources are automatically triggered based on custom requests. With AWS Lambda you pay only for the requests served and the compute time required to run your code. Billing is metered in increments of 100 milliseconds, making it cost-effective and easy to scale automatically from a few requests per day to thousands per second. 

  • Amazon API Gateway is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2017

    Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from your back-end services, such as workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), code running on AWS Lambda, or any Web application. Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. 

  • Amazon Redshift in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet announces Dense Compute (DC2) nodes with twice the performance as DC1 at the same price

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes. DC2 is designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput. They feature powerful Intel E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs, fast DDR4 memory, and NVMe-based solid state disks (SSDs). We’ve tuned Amazon Redshift to leverage the better CPU, network, and disk on DC2 nodes, providing up to twice the performance of DC1 at the same price. Our DC2.8xlarge instances now provide twice the memory per slice of data and an optimized storage layout with 30% better storage utilization. 

  • Scheduled Scaling Now Available for Application Auto Scaling in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Application Auto Scaling now supports scheduled scaling, which makes it possible to scale resources at specific preset times or intervals. Application Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale resources for AWS services beyond Amazon EC2, including Amazon ECS, Amazon EC2 Spot Fleets, Amazon EMR Clusters, AppStream 2.0 fleets, and Amazon DynamoDB. 

  • Amazon EC2 Convertible RIs Now Support Splits & Merges in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    In 2016, we introduced Convertible RIs which provide customers with the flexibility to change a RI’s instance type, OS, tenancy or payment option during its term. Today, we are announcing a support for splits & mergers to Convertible RIs.

  • Amazon Cognito Federated Identities is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Amazon Cognito Federated Identities is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.57, 5.6.37 and 5.7.19 in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.57, 5.6.37 and 5.7.19 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine. 

  • Amazon EC2 P3 is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon EC2 P3 instances, the next-generation of EC2 general-purpose GPU computing instances. P3 instances are powered by up to 8 of the latest-generation NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, and are ideal for computationally advanced workloads such as machine learning (ML), high performance computing (HPC), scientific computing and simulations, financial analytics, image and video processing, and data compression.  

  • Cost allocation tags for Amazon Simple Queue Service are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Oct 19, 2017

    Starting today, you can use cost allocation tags to manage your costs in Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). You can now use tags to categorize your queues, so you can easily identify their purpose and track their costs. For example, you can use tags to identify all the Amazon SQS queues for a particular department, project, or application. Once you have tagged your Amazon SQS queues, you can sign up to include usage and cost details for particular tags in your AWS account bill. 

    You can add or remove tags using the Amazon SQS management console, AWS Command Line Interface, or API. You can assign up to 50 tags, each consisting of a key and a value, per Amazon SQS queue.

    Cost allocation tagging is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet. For more information on using tagging with Amazon SQS, see Tagging your Amazon SQS Queues.

  • Now you can configure the AWS Side private Autonomous System Number for your Virtual Private Gateway

    Posted On: Oct 13, 2017

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is announcing a configurable private ASN for its Direct Connect (DX) to enhance use of their Virtual Private Cloud. Users can now select a Private Autonomous System Number (or use the private ASN value provided) for the AWS half of the external BGP session using DX private Virtual Interface. Also, they can now view the AWS Console side ASN in the console or via APIs without downloading the router configuration details.

     

    This feature is available for use in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet.

  • Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    Today we’re announcing enhancements to Amazon RDS Reserved Instances (RIs) in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, that make them more flexible and easier to use, helping you get the most out of your RI discount. RIs give you the option to reserve a database instance for a one or three year term, and in turn receive a significant discount compared to on-demand instance pricing.

  • Per second billing for EC2 instances and EBS volumes is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 usage of Linux based instances that are launched in On-Demand, Reserved and Spot form will be billed on one second increments, with a minimum of 60 seconds. 

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their existing VPCs in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their VPCs by adding secondary IPv4 address ranges (CIDRs) to their VPCs. Customers can add the secondary CIDR blocks to the VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI after they have created the VPC with the primary CIDR block. Similar to the primary CIDR block, secondary CIDR blocks are also supported by all the AWS services including Elastic Load Balancing and NAT Gateway.

  • AWS CloudFormation Stack Termination Protection is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2017

    AWS CloudFormation now allows you to protect a stack from being accidently deleted. You can enable termination protection on a stack when you create it. If you attempt to delete a stack with termination protection enabled, the deletion fails and the stack, including its status, will remain unchanged. To delete a stack you need disable termination protection. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds S3 Data Events in AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account, IAM user role, and IP address of the caller, time of the API call, and other details. You can programmatically access and act upon the Data Events after they are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket or to Amazon CloudWatch Events. For example, you can quickly reapply the original Access Control List (ACL) on an object if the ACL of an object is modified.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Virtual Tape Library (VTL) support for Commvault V11 is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2017

    AWS Storage Gateway has added Commvault V11 as a supported backup application for use with its virtual tape library (VTL), the Tape Gateway. You can now use Commvault V11 and the Storage Gateway VTL to backup and archive application data to scalable, and cost-effective, secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage, while preserving established tape management processes.

  • AWS CloudFormation Rollback Triggers Feature is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Use Rollback Triggers to monitor the state of your application during the stack creation and update process. You can specify the alarms and the thresholds you want CloudFormation to monitor, and if any of the alarms are breached, CloudFormation rolls back the entire stack operation to the previous deployed state.

  • Auto Scaling Lifecycle Hooks Enhancements are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    You can now create and manage lifecycle hooks for Auto Scaling Groups using the AWS management console. Previously, this functionality was only available through the AWS Application Programming Interface (API), Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS CloudFormation. In addition, creating lifecycle hooks is now more convenient as it can be done in the same step as creating your Auto Scaling Group using the ‘CreateAutoScalingGroup’ call through the AWS API and CLI.

  • CloudWatch Monitoring and Resource Tagging for VPC NAT Gateways is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    You can now monitor bytes, packets, active connections and several other metrics for NAT Gateways via CloudWatch console and AWS CLI. You can setup CloudWatch Alarms to notify you of crossing thresholds. All metrics are provided with a 1 min frequency. For more information about the metrics, see Monitoring Your NAT Gateway with Amazon CloudWatch

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds Horizontal Annotations for Metrics and Dashboards, now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 1, 2017

    We are excited to announce that you can now add horizontal annotations to your graphs and dashboards in CloudWatch. 

  • Simplify management of security groups with security group rule description is now available in AWS China (Beijing), operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to add a short description to individual security group rules. Using this functionality, customers can add details like when and why a certain security group rule was created or updated. This functionality simplifies management of security groups as customers no longer need to maintain this information outside of AWS using spreadsheets or documents.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Larger Storage is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    You can now create Amazon RDS for SQL Server database instances with up to 16TB of storage, up from 4TB. The new storage limit is available when using the Provisioned IOPS and General Purpose (SSD) storage types. In addition, the range for the IOPS to Storage (GB) Ratio has been increased from 10:1 to 50:1.

  • G3 instances, the next generation of high-performance graphics acceleration instances, are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2017

    You can now launch G3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Accelerated Compute Instances. G3 instances make it easy to procure a powerful combination of GPU, CPU, and host memory for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

  • Amazon EC2 P2 Instances, with high-performance GPU coprocessors, are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet.

  • VPC Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2017

    VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB enables you to have all network traffic between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Amazon DynamoDB stay within the AWS cloud instead of traversing the public internet.

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to recover accidentally released EIPs

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an opportunity to recover EIPs that they might have released accidentally. The released EIPs are available for recovery as long as they are not assigned to a different customer. The sooner customers try to recover their EIPs, the better are the chances of recovering them. Customers can recover their EIPs via CLI by using the allocate-address command and specifying the IP address using the --address parameter.

  • AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet Makes AWS CloudTrail Event History Available to All Customers

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail Event History is now available to all customers. CloudTrail Event History (formerly known as API Activity History) lets you view, search, and download your recent AWS account activity. This allows you to gain visibility into your account actions taken through the AWS Management Console, SDKs, and CLI to enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account.

    Previously, you could only view your account activity by setting up CloudTrail for your account. Now, you can view the past 7 days of CloudTrail Event History immediately through the AWS CloudTrail console and AWS CLI without setting up CloudTrail. You can still set up CloudTrail to deliver your CloudTrail events to Amazon S3, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, and Amazon CloudWatch Events if you want to archive, analyze, and respond to changes in your AWS resources. Please visit AWS CloudTrail documentation page for more information.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server is available on M4 instances in the China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2017

    You can now launch M4 instances when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server in the China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet. Amazon RDS is a managed database service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

  • Amazon EMR now supports Auto Scaling and configurable scale down behavior

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2017

    You can now configure policies to automatically add (scale out) and terminate (scale in) nodes in your Amazon EMR cluster. Amazon EMR can programmatically scale out applications like Apache Spark and Apache Hive to utilize additional nodes for increased performance and scale in the number of nodes in your cluster to save costs when utilization is low. Your cluster can scale based on Amazon CloudWatch metrics provided by Amazon EMR, including YARN utilization metrics.

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds the Ability to Download CloudTrail Account Activity History

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail now enables you to download CloudTrail account activity history from within the CloudTrail console. Previously, you could only analyze or share account activity offline by using the CloudTrail LookupEvents API, copying and pasting relevant information directly from the CloudTrail console, or searching the CloudTrail S3 bucket for the correct log files. Now, you can download your account activity to a CSV or JSON formatted files. You can use downloaded files to compare activity searches, analyze account activity with 3rd party tools, or to backup and store activity offline. Please visit AWS CloudTrail documentation page for more information.

  • Create a New Default VPC using AWS Console or CLI

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to create a new default VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI. With this release, customers no longer need to contact AWS support if the default VPC has been deleted, as they can create a new default VPC by using this self-service feature. Customers can also take remedial actions against accidental deletion of default VPCs, by automating creation of a new default VPC using the API.

  • Amazon CloudWatch introduces High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2017

    We are excited to announce that CloudWatch now supports High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms, enabling you to monitor custom applications and infrastructure in near real-time, down to per-second resolution. 

  • Now available: X1 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 instances optimized for in-memory workloads, are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    You can now launch X1 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 instances optimized to run large-scale, enterprise-class, in-memory applications. X1 instances are ideal to run in-memory databases such as SAP HANA and host memory intensive and latency sensitive workloads such as Apache Spark, and Presto. X1 instances are also ideal for generating real time analytics, processing giant graphs using Neo4j or Titan, or creating enormous caches.  

  • Announcing Amazon DynamoDB Auto Scaling 

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2017

    Starting today, when you create a new DynamoDB table using the AWS Management Console, the table will have Auto Scaling enabled by default.  DynamoDB Auto Scaling automatically adjusts read and write throughput capacity, in response to dynamically changing request volumes, with zero downtime. 

  • AWS Direct Connect now provides Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect is announcing general availability of Amazon CloudWatch monitoring for customers’ physical connections to the AWS (Beijing Region) Operated by Sinnet. AWS Direct Connect customers can now use Amazon CloudWatch Metrics to monitor their physical connections, and use Amazon CloudWatch Alarms to notify them of changes in their physical AWS Direct Connect connection and to trigger actions with the help of Amazon SNS topics.

  • AWS IoT Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    AWS IoT is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet.

  • Introducing Target Tracking Scaling Policies for Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    Auto Scaling now supports a new type of scaling policy called target tracking scaling policies that you can use to set up dynamic scaling for your application in just a few simple steps. Adding Auto Scaling to your application is one way to maximize the benefits of AWS. Auto Scaling helps you build systems that respond to changes in demand by automatically launching or terminating Amazon EC2 instances based on conditions that you define. This dynamic scaling helps to improve application availability and reduce costs. For example, you can use Auto Scaling to automatically launch EC2 instances for your Auto Scaling group when demand increases to help maintain performance, and terminate instances when demand drops to save money.

  • Amazon ECS and ECR Available in China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) and Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR) are now available in the China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet.

    Amazon ECS is a container management service for deploying and scaling Docker containers in production. Amazon ECR is a container registry for you to easily store, manage, and share large numbers of container images.

  • CloudWatch simplifies your AWS bill, bringing together CloudWatch charges under one Billing section

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    We are making a change to how we present CloudWatch charges in your AWS bill and Cost and Usage Reports, to make it easy for you to understand your monthly CloudWatch spend. These changes will be effective in all AWS Regions, including BJS operated by Sinnet, beginning July 2017.

  • Amazon VPC NAT Gateway in China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2017

    You can now use Network Address Translation (NAT) Gateway in the China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet. NAT Gateway is a highly available AWS managed service that makes it easy to connect to the Internet from instances within a private subnet in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Previously, you needed to launch a NAT instance to enable NAT for instances in a private subnet.

  • Amazon RDS Supports Stopping and Starting of Database Instances

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2017

    Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server now allows you to easily stop and start your database instances. This makes it easy and affordable to use databases for development and test purposes, where the database is not required to be running all of the time.

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Now Supports Cost Allocation for Snapshots

    Posted On: May 23, 2017

    Today we are announcing that Amazon EBS now supports cost allocation tags for EBS snapshots within the AWS Billing and Cost Management Dashboard. Using cost allocation tags, you can now classify snapshot costs to match the needs of your business for better transparency and visibility. You can use this feature to allocate snapshot costs to internal teams or to provide accurate reports for customer billing. With this additional information, you can better manage your snapshot costs.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Available in China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: May 16, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager is now available in the China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet.

  • Announcing the availability of the new Amazon S3 console

    Posted On: May 15, 2017

    Today we are announcing the general availability of the new Amazon S3 console to all users. The new Amazon S3 console provides a new user interface, a streamlined user experience, and introduces user interface support for two new S3 features – object-level tagging and storage analytics. Many S3 users having been experiencing the new Amazon S3 console by opting-in as part of our original launch of the new Amazon S3 console on 29th, November 2016. Now all S3 users get this experience without any additional work. 

  • Introducing Auto Scaling Resource-Level Permissions

    Posted On: May 15, 2017

    You can now define AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies to provide control over which Auto Scaling resources users can access, and the actions that they are permitted to perform on these resources. Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down automatically according to conditions you define. You can use Auto Scaling to help ensure that you are running your desired number of Amazon EC2 instances. With resource-level permissions, you can enable different users within an organization, such as application developers and IT specialists, to access and modify Launch Configurations and Auto Scaling groups with appropriately configured permissions.

  • SQL Server Enterprise is now available with Amazon EC2 in the AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2017

    Amazon EC2 now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition in the AWS China (Beijing) Region Operated by Sinnet running on any instance type with a minimum of 4 vCPUs, including M4, R4, and several other instance types. You can now launch SQL Server Enterprise on Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems.

  • AWS CodeDeploy Available in China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2017

    AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the China (Beijing) AWS region.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Launches Enhanced Redis Backup and Restore with Cluster Resizing

    Posted On: Mar 16, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon ElastiCache now supports enhanced Redis Backup and Restore with Cluster Resizing. In October 2016, we launched support for Redis Cluster with Redis 3.2.4. In addition to scaling your Redis workloads across up to 15 shards with 3.5TiB of data, it also allowed creating cluster-level backups, which contain snapshots of each of the cluster’s shards. With this launch, we are adding the capability to restore a backup into a Redis Cluster with a different number of shards and slot distribution, allowing you to resize your Redis workload. ElastiCache will parse the Redis key space across the backup’s individual snapshots, and redistribute the keys in the new Cluster according to the requested number of shards and hash slots. Your new cluster can be either larger or smaller in size, as long as the data fits in the selected configuration.

  • Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances now offer instance size flexibility, helping you reduce your EC2 bill

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2017

    Today, we are announcing enhancements to Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RIs) that make them more flexible and easy to use, helping you get the most out of your RI discount.

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Enables Live Volume Modifications with Elastic Volumes

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2017

    Today we are introducing the Elastic Volumes feature for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). This new capability allows you to modify configurations of live volumes with a simple API call or a few console clicks. Elastic Volumes makes it easy to dynamically increase capacity, tune performance, and change the type of any new or existing current generation volume with no downtime or performance impact. You can streamline and automate changes using Amazon CloudWatch with AWS Lambda where available (AWS Lambda is not available in the Beijing Region as of the date of this post). With Amazon EBS you can provision the capacity and performance you need today with the confidence that you can make modifications in the future as your business needs change.

  • AWS Direct Connect announces support for Link Aggregation

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2017

    We are excited to announce support for 1G and 10G Link Aggregation Groups (LAG). Customers in AWS China (Beijing Region), operated by Sinnet can start using LAG to link existing connections on the same AWS device, or request new connections. Users who wish to purchase multiple ports, but treat them like a single managed connection can now use our LAG feature to do just this. In addition to ordering and managing bundles, you can now see when your ports fall on the same router so you can manage your network availability.

  • 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.

  • 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

     

  • 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.

  • 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: 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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/

  • 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 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.

  • 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.