Mountpoint for Amazon S3 – Generally Available and Ready for Production Workloads | AWS News Blog

Mountpoint for Amazon S3 is an open source file client that makes it easy for your file-aware Linux applications to connect directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets. Announced earlier this year as an alpha release, it is now generally available and ready for production use on your large-scale read-heavy applications: data lakes, machine learning training, image rendering, autonomous vehicle simulation, ETL, and more. It supports file-based workloads that perform sequential and random reads, sequential (append only) writes, and that don’t need full POSIX semantics.

Mountpoint for Amazon S3 – Generally Available and Ready for Production Workloads


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.

Did You Know That Amazon Provides Free AWS Training Videos and Labs?

New to AWS and looking to gain a foundational knowledge about key AWS services? Our “Introduction to AWS” series includes free, on-demand instructional videos and labs that enable you to learn about AWS in 30 minutes or less. Start by watching a short video about an AWS service to learn about key concepts and terminology and see a step-by-step console demonstration. Next, get hands-on practice using the AWS service with a free self-paced training lab.

via AWS Training – Free Online Videos and Labs.

I didn’t, but I do now. These are great for learning about the fundamentals of AWS cloud computing. Topics covered include intros to Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Identity and Access Management (IAM), Relational Database Service (RDS), and Elastic Load Balancing. Used along with the AWS Free Tier these represent an excellent for anyone to become more familiar with running servers and systems and getting a better understanding of cloud computing.

Amazon Adds Object Expiration to S3

Amazon Adds Import/Export of Data From External Storage Devices Shipped to AWS Data Centers

AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. AWS transfers your data directly onto and off of storage devices using Amazon’s high-speed internal network and bypassing the Internet. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity.

via AWS Import/Export.

This is an interesting development for folks who need to move really large amounts of data on or off of the cloud. According to a table in the article the cost of shipping the drive and having Amazon do the transfer at the data center becomes cost effective when dealing with data amounts over 1TB being pushed over a 10Mbps connection. That is a lot of data[1].

The service will accept eSATA, USB2.0, and internal SATA drives and transfer your data to an S3 bucket or an EBS Snapshot.

[1]For reference, a single copy of all the data on CALI’s public servers (lessons, court opinions, podcasts, conference video, as so on) weighs in at just over a 1TB.