Cloud Patches: AWS Workspaces For All, Azure In China

Last week in cloud computing: a stack of AWS announcements from price cuts to Workspaces availability. Plus Azure in China and general cloud cluelessness down under.

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  • As we reported last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS_ cut prices on many of its services. One thing that didn’t change (and probably never will): Amazon’s Sydney data centre remains more expensive.
  • Amazon Workspaces, which offers cloud-based Windows 7 desktops, has moved from limited preview to general availability. Check out our detailed overview and the new launch details.
  • AWS rolled out version 2014.03 of the Amazon Linux AMI, its custom Linux install designed for cloud instances. One point to highlight: some features from older AMI releases are now being removed, so check carefully if you’re using older features. More details here.
  • CloudSearch, Amazon’s managed service for controlling search features on AWS-hosted websites, was revamped with additional search types, languages and IAM features.
  • Amazon OpsWorks was also updated to support version 11.10 of Chef, which adds new customisation features.
  • Users of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud can now create VPC peering connections within the same region. More details here.
  • Microsoft rolled out an Azure hosting site in China. The Chinese site was actually announced after plans for Sydney and Melbourne were announced, but those Australian sites haven’t yet opened.
  • Google updated its Cloud Platform service with new developer tools and tweaks.
  • Oh, and it turns out that lots of Australians are using cloud computing, but most remain clueless about it.

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