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Weekly Roundup: Amazon Fires from all Guns

IaaS leader Amazon has added some advanced features to Amazon VPC coupled with the simplicity of Amazon EC2

Amazon continues to add more features to make AWS more appealing to enterprises and developers. Also, Rackspace has announced the launch of Rackspace Cloud Backup and introduced new features on Rackspace Open Cloud Servers.

Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week.

IaaS leader Amazon has added some advanced features to Amazon VPC coupled with the simplicity of Amazon EC2. Users are now allowed to use features like assigning multiple IP addresses to an instance, changing security group membership on the fly and adding egress filters to your security groups. New features to VPC include DNS Hostnames, DNS Name Resolution, ElastiCache and RDS IP Addresses. Next, they have announced that AWS Elastic Beanstalk will now support Node.js applications. Users can now build event-driven Node.js applications and can also use Elastic Beanstalk to deploy and manage them on AWS.

Yet another announcement was the availability of the AWS Console for iPhone. The app summarizes the status of your EC2 instances, CloudWatch alarms, total service charges, and AWS Service Health. Also, allow viewing all EC2 instances, filtering and searching for a specific instance, and stop or rebooting an instance. Amazon has introduced a new feature Amazon Machine Image (AMI) Copy. This feature enables users to easily copy their Amazon Machine Images between AWS Regions.

They have also introduced three new features to make Amazon RDS even more powerful and more scalable:

  1. Up to 3 TB of storage and 30,000 Provisioned IOPS.
  2. Conversion from Standard Storage to Provisioned IOPS storage.
  3. Independent scaling of IOPS and storage.

Finally, they have introduced a new feature that allows performing an in-place upgrade of SQL Server 2008 R2 database instances to SQL Server 2012 with just a few clicks.

Rackspace has announced the launch of Rackspace Cloud Backup. Rackspace Cloud Backup is fully integrated with Cloud Servers and offers a file-based alternative to backing up the whole server image. Next, has introduced some new features and functionality that enable customers to manage their applications on Rackspace Open Cloud Servers include:

  • Support for Cloud Block Storage
  • RightImagesTM and MultiCloud ImagesTM for CentOS 6.3, Ubuntu 12.04
  • RightImages and MultiCloud images for Windows 2008 R2
  • 15+ RightScale ServerTemplatesTM from LAMP All-In-Ones to SQL Server

Stay tuned until next week!

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.