Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service

The new Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) will make it easy for you to send email with minimal setup and maximum scalability. Amazon SES is based on the scalable technology used by Amazon sites around the world to send billions of messages a year.

You'll be able to send email without having to worry about the undifferentiated heavy lifting of infrastructure management, configuring your hosts for optimal sending, and the like. Amazon SES also provides you with access to a number of metrics that will provide you with the feedback needed to tune your email strategy to maximize deliverability...

Amazon Web Services Introduces High Performance Cluster GPU Instance

Amazon Web Services: A few years ago advanced developers of numerical and scientific application started to use GPUs to perform general-purpose calculations, termed GPGPU, for General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units. Application development continued to grow as the demands of many additional applications were met with advances in GPU technology, including high performance double precision floating point and ECC memory.

However, accessibility to such high-end technology, particularly on HPC cluster infrastructure for tightly coupled applications, has been elusive for many developers. Today we are introducing our latest EC2 instance type (this makes eleven, if you are counting at home) called the Cluster GPU Instance. Now any AWS user can develop and run GPGPU on a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go basis...

Amazon offers free entry-level Web services pricing. What will Microsoft do?

Mary Jo Foley: On October 21, Amazon.com announced a new, free entry-level tier for new Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers.

Is Microsoft going to retaliate, I wondered. Perhaps.

Amazon announced that new users will will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 instance for a year, "while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer." The company is calling the new offering its free usage tier...