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Amazon EC2 June 2019 Update

Released on June 27th, 2019

Announcing Latest Release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.27 with Resource Tracker

We are pleased to announce the general availability for the latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.27. This release adds support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2020 and Eddy for Nuke 2.3.0, and includes a new AWS feature, Resource Tracker, in addition to many improvements and bug fixes.  

Resource Tracker is a feature that monitors the health of instances started by Deadline in your AWS account. The Resource Tracker is designed to protect AWS users from unintentionally consuming EC2 Spot Instance hours by detecting and shutting down instances that have critical errors.

You can also now use Deadline with the latest versions of Autodesk 3ds Max and Eddy for Nuke, enabling you to take advantage of the most recent features in these popular content creation tools without compromising Deadline in your rendering pipeline.

To download the latest version of Deadline, visit the Downloads page. For more details on this release, please see the Deadline 10.0.27 release notes.

Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect

Amazon EC2 Instance Connect is a simple and secure way to connect to your instances using Secure Shell (SSH). 

With EC2 Instance Connect, you can control SSH access to your instances using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies as well as audit connection requests with AWS CloudTrail events. In addition, you can leverage your existing SSH keys or further enhance your security posture by generating one-time use SSH keys each time an authorized user connects. Instance Connect works with any SSH client, or you can easily connect to your instances from a new browser-based SSH experience in the EC2 console.

EC2 Instance Connect is now available at no additional cost in US East (Ohio and N. Virginia), US West (N. California and Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt, Ireland, London, and Paris), and South America (São Paulo) AWS regions. Visit our documentation page for more information about connecting to Linux instances using EC2 Instance Connect from API, CLI, or the Amazon EC2 console.

AWS Batch now Available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

Starting today, AWS Batch is available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Region.  

AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU, GPU, or memory-optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters that run your jobs, allowing you to focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads across AWS compute services and features, such as Amazon EC2 and EC2 Spot Instances. 

With this expansion, AWS Batch is currently available in the following 17 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Canada (Central), EU West (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), South America (São Paulo). 

To learn more, visit Amazon's AWS Batch Getting Started Guide.

Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.

Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are part of the Amazon EC2 memory-optimized instance family and are designed for running large-scale and in-memory applications in the AWS Cloud. X1 instances offer up to 1,952 GiB of memory while X1e instances offer up to 3,904 GiB of memory. Both, X1 and X1e, instances are powered by four Intel® Xeon® E7 8880 v3 processors and offer up to 128 vCPUs. EC2 X1 and X1e instances are ideal for running in-memory databases, like SAP HANA, high-performance databases, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

The x1.16xlarge, x1.32xlarge, and x1e.32xlarge instances are certified by SAP to run production environments of the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA (SoH), Business Warehouse on HANA (BW), and Data Mart Solutions on HANA on the AWS Cloud.

To learn more about EC2 X1 and X1e instances, visit the EC2 instances types page.

Introducing New Instance Sizes for Amazon EC2 C5 Instances

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5 instances will be available in new 12xlarge, 24xlarge, and Bare Metal sizes. These new instances will be powered by custom 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (based on the Cascade Lake architecture) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz and maximum single core turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz. New Cascade Lake processors enable a new feature called Intel DL Boost which will help speed up typical machine learning operations like convolution, and automatically improve inference performance over a wide range of deep learning workloads. The specifications for the new sizes are in the table below.  

Size

vCPUs

Memory (GiB)

Instance Storage (GB)

EBS-Optimized Bandwidth (Gbps)

Network Bandwidth (Gbps)

c5.12xlarge

48

96

EBS-Only

7

12

c5.24xlarge

96

192

EBS-Only

14

25

c5.metal

96

192

EBS-Only

14

25

 

 

C5 instances are optimized for compute-intensive workloads and deliver cost-effective high performance at a low price per compute ratio. These instances are ideal for high-performance computing (HPC), machine learning, deep inference, distributed analytics, batch processing, and much more. With the new 24xlarge size, C5 instances increases available resources by 33% to provide even more resources and performance for those compute intensive workloads.

Furthermore, the new C5 bare metal option provides your applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. Bare metal instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements, or for customers who wish to use their own hypervisor.

c5.12xl, c5.24xl, and c5.metal instances are available today in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris, Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and AWS GovCloud (US). C5 instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, 48, 72, and 96 vCPUs and are purchasable as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot and as Dedicated Instances.

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 C5 instance page.

AWS CloudFormation updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon EFS, Amazon S3 and more

AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. It allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. 

The following resources were updated as part of this release: AWS::EC2::Host, AWS::EC2::Route, AWS::EC2::VPNConnection, AWS::ECS::Cluster, AWS::ECS::Service, AWS::ECS::TaskDefinition, AWS::EFS::MountTarget, AWS::ElasticLoadBalancingV2::ListenerRule, AWS::EMR::Cluster, AWS::KinesisFirehose::DeliveryStream, AWS::S3::Bucket.

AWS::EC2::Host
Use the HostRecovery property to indicates whether to enable or disable host recovery for the Dedicated Host.

AWS::EC2::Route
Use the TransitGatewayId property to specify the ID of a transit gateway.

AWS::EC2::VPNConnection
Use the TransitGatewayId property to specify the ID of the transit gateway associated with the VPN connection.

Use the VpnGatewayId property to specify the ID of the virtual private gateway at the AWS side of the VPN connection.

AWS::ECS::Cluster
Use the Tags property to apply metadata to clusters to help you categorize and organize them.

AWS::ECS::Service
Use the EnableECSManagedTags property to specify whether to enable Amazon ECS managed tags for the tasks within the service.

Use the PropagateTags property to specify whether to propagate the tags from the task definition or the service to the tasks in the service.

Use the Tags property to apply metadata to services to help you categorize and organize them.

AWS::ECS::TaskDefinition
In the ContainerDefinition property type, use the ResourceRequirementsproperty to specify the type and amount of a resource to assign to a container. The only supported resource is a GPU.

In the ContainerDefinition property type, use the Secrets property to specify the secrets to pass to the container.

Use the Tags property to apply metadata to task definitions to help you categorize and organize them.

AWS::EFS::MountTarget
Use the IpAddress attribute to return the IPv4 address of the mount target.

AWS::ElasticLoadBalancingV2::ListenerRule

In the RuleCondition property type:

● Use the HostHeaderConfig property to specify information for a host header condition.

● Use the HttpHeaderConfig property to specify information for an HTTP header condition.

● Use the HttpRequestMethodConfig property to specify information for an HTTP method condition.

● Use the PathPatternConfig property to specify information for a path pattern condition.

● Use the QueryStringConfig property to specify information for a query string condition.

● Use the SourceIpConfig property to specify information for a source IP condition.

AWS::EMR::Cluster
In the JobFlowInstancesConfig property type, use the Ec2SubnetIdsproperty to specify multiple EC2 subnet IDs.

AWS::KinesisFirehose::DeliveryStream
In the ExtendedS3DestinationConfiguration property type:

● Use the DataFormatConversionConfiguration property to specify the serializer, deserializer, and schema for converting data from the JSON format to the Parquet or ORC format before writing it to Amazon S3.

● Use the ErrorOutputPrefix property to specify a prefix that Kinesis Data Firehose evaluates and adds to failed records before writing them to S3.

●The Prefix property is no longer required.

In the S3DestinationConfiguration property type, use the ErrorOutputPrefix property to specify a prefix that Kinesis Data Firehose evaluates and adds to failed records before writing them to S3.

AWS::S3::Bucket
Use the ObjectLockConfiguration property to specify an object lock configuration for the specified bucket.

Use the ObjectLockEnabled property to specify whether this bucket has an object lock configuration enabled.

Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are available in additional AWS regions:

  • X1 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS region.
  • X1e instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and US East (Ohio) AWS regions.

Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are part of the Amazon EC2 memory-optimized instance family and are designed for running large-scale and in-memory applications in the AWS Cloud. X1 instances offer up to 1,952 GiB of memory while X1e instances offer up to 3,904 GiB of memory. Both, X1 and X1e, instances are powered by four Intel® Xeon® E7 8880 v3 processors and offer up to 128 vCPUs. EC2 X1 and X1e instances are ideal for running in-memory databases, like SAP HANA, high-performance databases, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

The x1.16xlarge, x1.32xlarge, and x1e.32xlarge instances are certified by SAP to run production environments of the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA (SoH), Business Warehouse on HANA (BW), and Data Mart Solutions on HANA on the AWS Cloud.

To learn more about EC2 X1 and X1e instances, visit the EC2 instances types page.

Amazon EC2 I3en Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 I3en instances are available in the US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt) AWS regions, and in additional Availability Zones (AZs) in the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. I3en global availability now includes the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), and US West (Oregon) AWS regions. 

I3en instances offer up to 60 TB of low latency NVMe SSD instance storage and up to 50% lower cost per GB over I3 instances. These instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as relational and NoSQL databases, distributed file systems, search engines, and data warehouses that require high random I/O access to large amounts of data residing on instance storage. I3en instances also provide up to 100 Gbps of networking bandwidth and come in seven instance sizes, with storage options from 1.25 to 60 TB. For more information, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/i3en/

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