AWS This Week

AWS This Week: New EC2 launch experience, Route53 pricing update & ElastiCache for Redis support

Episode description

Jess is back with your AWS news! This week, we review a new pricing offer for Amazon Route53, ElastiCache for Redis adds new regions for Global Datastore, and we get a new EC2 instance launch experience in the console!

Introduction to AWS latest news (0:00)
New Pricing for Amazon Route53 (0:37)
Global Datastore for Redis adds two more regions (1:30)
New EC2 instance launch experience (2:45)

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Join our ACG hosts as they recap the most important developments in the AWS world from the past week. Keeping up with ever-changing world of cloud can be difficult, so let us do the hard work sifting through announcements to bring you the best of what's new with AWS This Week.

Hello, Cloud Gurus and welcome back to another AWS this week, where we find out what goodies AWS have in store for us from the past seven days. I am your friendly neighborhood, Jess Alvarez. And today we review a new pricing offer for Route53. We'll shine some light on ElastiCache for Redis new regions. And finally, we'll take a look at the new EC2 instance launch experience in the console. Stay tuned to hear the full story in this episode of AWS this week.

Route53 is Amazon's DNS service that provides a reliable and cost effective way to route end users to applications by translating names like www.flyingbears.lol into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1. Route53's free tier includes 10,000 resource records to any hosted zone. If you wanted to go over that amount, you would have had to request a custom pricing plan until now. As of April 4th, there's now pay as you go pricing tier for Route53.

Customers can now add resource records over the 10,000 records, free tier for 15, 10 thousands of a cent per resource per month. This means managing your records without opening a support case to get them in over the 10,000 records amount. High fives, all around. Redis users gather round, and I'll tell you a tale. ElastiCache is Amazon's in memory data store service. The Global Datastore and ElastiCache for Redis feature provides a fully managed fast, reliable, and secure cross region replication.

You can have your Redis cluster in one region and have the data available to be read from two other cross region replica clusters. What that means is lower latency reads of under one second and disaster recovery across regions. If you had some kind of regional degradation, one of your healthy cross region replica clusters can be promoted to become the primary cluster with full read and write capabilities. The promotion is usually ready in less than a minute, which means there's no loss in availability, but here's the big news. This feature now includes...

the Osaka and Stockholm regions. That brings the number of supported regions to 21. Cost for using these new regions is calculated based on node based pricing for using Global Datastore and then standard data transfer out rates from the primary region. Keep in mind that there's no free tier for the Global Datastore feature. If you use EC2 Amazon's elastic compute cloud service, you should be familiar with the steps that you have to go through to launch a new instance. In order to change a configuration,

you specified you would've had to go back to whatever step had that configuration detail. Well not anymore. The EC2 console has a new launch experience. You do have to click the try now button to test it out. So make sure to give it a whirl when you have a chance. The new experience has all of your EC2 configuration listed in one scrollable page, with a summary of your specification on the right hand side.

So you can review the configuration as you specify it. This update includes an easier AMI selector that makes a different OSes, more visible and recognizable. You can also compare instance types based on whichever attribute you choose. The new view is not yet available in the AWS gov cloud or China regions, but it will be made the default view over the next month. I hope you enjoyed this episode of AWS This week.

I'll include links in the resources to cover all the fancy new things we covered today. Thank you so much for watching. Keep being awesome Cloud Gurus, and we'll see you next time.

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