AWS Weekly News

AWS adds new features or services each week. I plan to issue “AWS Weekly News” on a weekly (lol) basis to highlight new features that I found appealing. Without further ado, let’s roll!

We do have Windows Server available for Lightsail (virtual private servers). Offer is available in all regions, price starts from $10 per month (Windows Server license included, 1 core, 512MB RAM, 30GB SSD, 1TB data transfer) and go up to $100 (for 2 cores, 8GB RAM, 80GB SSD, 5TB data transfer). As for base image, you can choose from Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016 with SQL Express.

AWS added a CLI command which you can use to switch the tenancy of a VPC from dedicated to default (the other way around is not supported). Modifying the VPC tenancy will not change the tenancy of the already deployed EC2 instances.

aws ec2 modify-vpc-tenancy –vpc-id vpc-1a2b3c4d –instance-tenancy default

New Instance Types were added to Amazon RDS for Oracle: R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge.

Amazon RDS Oracle R4 Instances

AWS brought three new cities to the supported list for AWS Direct Connect: Vancouver (Cologix VAN2 provides dedicated access to the Canada and all US regions), Manchester (Equinix MA3 provides dedicated access to the London region), and Perth (NextDC P1 provides dedicated access to the Sydney region).

Amazon Athena is now available in Frankfurt region. Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL.

Cost tags are so useful in AWS that I’m really happy when one service is added to the supported list. This time we have SQS (Simple Queue Service)! Tag Editor seems to not pick it up yet though.



Constantin Ghioc

I usually play with vSphere API, Ansible, vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, and different AWS tools. In my other life I’m a husband and a father, an amateur photographer and a Go enthusiast.

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