Amazon ECS-optimized Amazon Linux 2 AMI now available

You can now use an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) optimized for Amazon Elastic Container Services (ECS) based on Amazon Linux 2 (AL2).

Previously, the latest version of the ECS-optimized AMI was based on Amazon Linux 2018.03, which is the previous generation of Amazon Linux. Therefore, ECS customers had to customize their own AMIs in order to take advantage of the stability and security of AL2.

Now, with the new ECS-optimized AL2 AMI, ECS customers can automatically provision and run ECS AL2 instances with no additional work. The AMI includes all of the software and configuration necessary to run ECS, including the ECS Agent, which runs on all ECS instances and is used to manage ECS tasks and services.

To learn more about the the ECS-optimized AL2 AMI, read our documentation.

Run high-performance graphics workstations in the cloud with new Amazon WorkSpaces GraphicsPro bundles

Today we are announcing Amazon WorkSpaces GraphicsPro bundles for high-end graphics applications. GraphicsPro bundles come with a dedicated NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU and 8 GB of GPU memory with flexible storage ranging from a 100 GB root and 100 GB user volume sizes to 1 TB volumes each.

Amazon WorkSpaces introduces a new PowerPro bundle for resource intensive workloads

Today we are announcing Amazon WorkSpaces PowerPro bundles that provide customers even more powerful cloud desktops to run resource-intensive Linux and Windows desktop workloads. PowerPro bundles come with 8 vCPUs and 32 GiB RAM. PowerPro bundles are available with flexible volume storage ranging from an 80 GB root and 100 GB user volume configuration to 1 TB volumes each.

Amazon ECS CLI Supports Service Discovery

The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Command Line Interface (Amazon ECS CLI) now supports service discovery.

Amazon ECS service discovery makes it easy for your containerized services to discover and connect with each other. Amazon ECS creates and manages a registry of service names using the Route53 Auto Naming API so you can refer to a service by name in your code and write DNS queries to have the service name resolve to the service’s endpoint at runtime.

Service discovery is available for all networking modes for EC2 launch type or with AWS Fargate.

To learn more about Amazon ECS CLI, visit the Amazon ECS CLI documentation.

AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate Encoding for Live Channels

You can now deliver a consistently high-quality video viewing experience while reducing overall distribution bitrates by using Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) encoding with AWS Elemental MediaLive. QVBR is a video compression technique that automatically adjusts output bitrates to the complexity of source content and will only use the bits required to maintain a defined level of quality. This means by using QVBR encoding, you can save on distribution costs, while maintaining, or increasing video quality for your viewers.

AWS Marketplace Makes It Easier to Pay For What You Use with SaaS Contracts

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 4,200 software listings from more than 1,400 Independent Software Vendors, has announced a new pricing option that enables you to pay-as-you-go if you need additional usage from your original contract. With this new feature, you can combine the discounts from committed usage and the flexibility of on-demand usage. You can select the SaaS product you need in AWS Marketplace, configure the usage and duration you’ve estimated, and review the rate you will pay if your usage goes over the contracted terms.