Just heard this great , heart warming news from the big guys on the cloud storage, Amazon . It has reduced Amazon S3 request prices in all nine regions.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is on a roll this year. With price cuts, introduction of new services and management tools, they have set the foundation for continuing to dominate the IaaS space. Their latest announcement was AWS OpsWorks, an integrated management tool for resource provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, monitoring, and access control. With the range of services that they provide, it becomes a little difficult for new developers to navigate through their offerings and also for experienced devs to take advantage of them.
Great customer service has long been a competitive advantage for any business. But for online merchants, that can take up valuable extra time, as customers wonder where their packages are. Amazon’s massive online retail business has done many things, such as famously upended the book industry. It’s also changed customer expectations–free shipping (or shipping by subscription), fast delivery, giving customers the ability to track with a click of a button. It puts the mom-and-pop online stores–and many other large operations–at a disadvantage. Aftership provides the Aftership API to help level the playing field.
Amazon Redshift is a petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze data using existing business intelligence tools. It is optimized for datasets ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and costs less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, a tenth the cost of most traditional data warehousing solutions. Amazon announced that Redshift is now in general availability and out of limited preview.
Earlier this week, ProgrammableWeb reported that Amazon has released an In-App Purchasing API for applications and games developed for Mac and PC platforms. A Kindle Fire In-App Purchasing API has been available in the Amazon Mobile App SDK since early last year. Amazon has now announced that another tool will be made available for developers to monetize games and applications; Amazon Coins, a new virtual currency for Kindle Fire that will be launched in the U.S. this May.
Amazon has just released an in-App purchasing API for PC and Mac Apps. Game developers should win big. This closely follows its Kindle ebook commitment to extending products across platforms. Ebooks were first available on Kindle readers, then they became readable on Macs and PCs. The roll out for in-App purchases in games was likewise first available to Kindle Fire and Android developers last April, a precursor to this announcement.
Zinc bridges the gap between bloggers and content creators and the retailers that sell the products reviewed and covered. The Zinc API allows anyone with an online presence to add a few lines of code to a site or app and seamlessly add ordering functionality. Zinc integrates with various online retailers; so, readers/consumers no longer need to leave a site to order a product from a major online retailer.
In July, ProgrammableWeb reported that Amazon had launched GameCircle, a new set of gaming APIs and services for the Kindle Fire. Amazon has just announced the launch of the Amazon A/B Testing Service Beta, which offers easy in-app A/B testing for developers who create and distribute apps and games using the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Program.
Gridspot beta’s new API could be to Amazon’s cloud services what Amazon is to bookstores: a fiercely disruptive competitor. The API details show how users can manage large-scale computing using idle computing power around the world. According to Gridspot, that is the secret behind their jaw-dropping cloud power pricing, which they claim is 30 times cheaper.