Now Open – AWS US East (Ohio) Region | AWS Blog

As part of our ongoing plan to expand the AWS footprint, I am happy to announce that our new US East (Ohio) Region is now available. In conjunction with the existing US East (Northern Virginia) Region, AWS customers in the Eastern part of the United States have fast, low-latency access to the suite of AWS infrastructure services.

Source: Now Open – AWS US East (Ohio) Region | AWS Blog

Low latency to US East (Virginia) should provide an opportunity to try out some cross region experimentation to work on fault tolerance and high availability.

Amazon adds IPv6 support to S3 buckets

Today I am happy to announce that objects in Amazon S3 buckets are now accessible via IPv6 addresses via new “dual-stack” endpoints. When a DNS lookup is performed on an endpoint of this type, it returns an “A” record with an IPv4 address and an “AAAA” record with an IPv6 address. In most cases the network stack in the client environment will automatically prefer the AAAA record and make a connection using the IPv6 address.

S3 Feature Support – IPv6 support is available for all S3 features with the exception of Website Hosting, S3 Transfer Acceleration, and access via BitTorrent.

Source: Now Available – IPv6 Support for Amazon S3 | AWS Blog

This is important since it becomes likely that with IPv6 support each S3 bucket could get its very own address and not need to rely on a combo of DNS and NAT for net access.

Amazon Aurora Update – Create Cluster from MySQL Backup | AWS Blog

Amazon Aurora Update – Create Cluster from MySQL Backup | AWS Blog https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-aurora-update-create-cluster-from-mysql-backup/

Using AWS Lambda for cheap S3 content processing |docs.scanii.com

Using AWS Lambda for cheap S3 content processing |  docs.scanii.com http://docs.scanii.com/articles/aws-lambda-for-cUsingheap-s3-content-processing.html

Amazon releases Lumberyard, a free AAA game engine. A platform for legal ed of the future?

Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for you to create the highest-quality games, connect your games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch.

Amazon Lumberyard

Eventually sometime is going to take a tool set like this and figure out how to build a game that simulates at least some of the American legal system. A simulated world with lots of property, contacts, torts, and legal issues and the courts to resolve the issues. Law students would engage each other at different levels to identify and pursue legal issues. Non-player characters would appear as judges, potential clients, and senior attorneys. It would be interesting.

Checkout the Lumberyard announcement video:

EC2 VPC VPN Gets an Update with NAT Traversal, Additional Encryption Options, and More

You can use Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to create a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud. Within the VPC, you can define your desired IP address range, create subnets, configure route tables, and so forth. You can also use a network gateway to connect the VPC to your existing on-premises network using a hardware Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. The VPN running in the AWS Cloud (also known as a VPN gateway or VGW) communicates with a customer gateway (CGW) on your network or in your data center (read about Your Customer Gateway to learn more).

Source: EC2 VPC VPN Update – NAT Traversal, Additional Encryption Options, and More | AWS Official Blog

This raises some interesting possibilities for secure applications that would benefit from the heightened security for the data being moved.

New Amazon CloudWatch Action – Reboot EC2 Instance | AWS Official Blog

New Amazon CloudWatch Action – Reboot EC2 Instance | AWS Official Blog – https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-cloudwatch-action-reboot-ec2-instance/

Amazon API Gateway – Build and Run Scalable Application Backends | AWS Official Blog

Amazon API Gateway – Build and Run Scalable Application Backends | AWS Official Blog https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-api-gateway-build-and-run-scalable-application-backends/