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Amazon Aurora Partners with Zynga Games

Amazon Aurora Partners with Zynga Games

As a popular online game company, Zynga requires a massive amount of database technology. Despite pre-existing technologies like MySQL and Memcached, it can be a challenge running them over a large scale. To resolve this problem, they turned to Amazon Aurora. Zynga previously relied on Amazon RDS for MySQL. However, it led to additional latency for traditional databases over the network […]

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Amazon EMR 4.7.0 Adds Apache Tez and Phoenix

Amazon EMR 4.7.0 Adds Apache Tez and Phoenix

Amazon EMR (Elastic MapReduce) is a great way to efficiently analyze petabytes of data. Now AWS has made it even better by adding support for Apache Tez and Apache Phoenix, and some updates to applications already released. Apache Tez Tez has a set of APIs that you can use to define a Directed Acyclic Graph, one that you can use […]

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EC2 Spot Instances Support Semi-Autonomous Driving

EC2 Spot Instances Support Semi-Autonomous Driving

The future is here…or semi-here, with EC2 Spot instances in the driver’s seat. Mapbox is the first lane navigation map by using a network of mobile devices, cars, and other devices to work as sensors. With the incredible amount of driving data streamed by modern cars (to the tune of 11 million miles), Mapbox needs a way to process all […]

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AWS ElastiCache Exports Redis Snapshots to S3

AWS ElastiCache Exports Redis Snapshots to S3

Redis users have another reason to go with AWS. AWS ElastiCache now lets you export Redis snapshots to S3 buckets. You can create Cache Cluster snapshots and send them to an S3 bucket within the same region as the snapshot. You will have to grant the right permissions to ElastiCache as well, such as List Upload, and View. The exported file […]

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports Cross- Region Replicas

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports Cross- Region Replicas

AWS has announced an update to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL—you may now easily create cross-region read replicas for your AWS RDS for PostgreSQL database instances. This is a useful feature for several reasons. It makes it easier for your customers in regions outside of your own to access your database. Having a database in their region lowers latency, making it […]

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Amazon RedShift Performance Update

Amazon RedShift Performance Update

AWS is pleased to announce that its fully-managed data warehouse service, Amazon Redshift, has gotten a great upgrade: you can now do petabytes-scale data analysis at a much higher speed and greater vacuuming performance. Firstly, AWS improved their input-output and commit logic in Redshift, drastically reducing the time it took to load data and perform queries. All in all, workloads improved […]

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AWS Elastic Transcoder Supports MPEG-DASH

AWS Elastic Transcoder Supports MPEG-DASH

Need a way to convert media files from one format to another? Check out the Amazon Elastic Transcoder. To use the Transcoder, you make a pipeline to two S3 buckets for input and output, then generate transcoding jobs. These jobs read the media file from the input, transcodes it into the format you want, then puts it into the output. […]

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AWS Aurora Cross-Account Snapshot Sharing

AWS Aurora Cross-Account Snapshot Sharing

AWS has added new features to its open-source database, AWS Aurora. You can now share snapshot backups with other AWS accounts or make them public. There are several ways sharing snapshots can be helpful. You can, for example, transfer data between different environments. You can port over a database from your development to testing, then from testing to production. You may […]

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AWS WorkSpaces Supports Tagging

AWS WorkSpaces Supports Tagging

AWS WorkSpaces provides an efficient, collaborative, and secure working environment. Aside from being fast and responsive as a regular desktop or laptop, it also protects your files from hardware problems. Should your hard drive crash, you only need to fix your machine, then log back onto AWS WorkSpaces and get back to your project. From now on, you can start […]

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AWS Accelerator for Citrix

AWS Accelerator for Citrix

Good news for those running Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, or Netscale onsite and are interested in the AWS cloud. The brand new AWS Accelerator lets you design and perform a trial migration using the Citrix Lifecycle Management tool. AWS will provide you a $5000 credit and Citrix will provide access to CLM. Through the AWS Accelerator, you can launch a 25-user test […]

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