New IAM Controls, EC2 Autoscaling notifications and Activate Founders package – AWS Identity and Access Management or IAM has enabled a feature which lets you control access for requests made on your behalf by AWS services. For example, you can now grant your IAM principles, the ability to launch EC2 instances but only through cloud formation without granting direct access to EC2.
This is done by a new condition called AWS:CalledVia and it’s available for use with all services that make requests using your credentials. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now publishes notifications to the AWS personal or health dashboard and the health API when EC2 instances fail to launch into your auto scaling groups.
This gives you immediate actionable feedback to fix your auto scaling groups should they ever be misconfigured. Very cool. And AWS have also launched the Activate Founders package, a new set of benefits specifically designed for bootstrap startups. It’s offered as part of the AWS Activate program and he’s open to any founders and startups who have not yet raised any venture capital, seed or angel funding and have no affiliation with accelerators or incubators.
Successful applicants can receive up to a thousand dollars in AWS activate credits and a year of technical support for free. Now, something new I’d like to bring to you this week is some quickfire updates highly necessary when AWS had a huge week of launches and we don’t have time to cover them all in detail. Let’s get started.
Amazon EC2 now supports tagging EC2 spot fleet requests. AWS step functions now support CloudWatch logs for standard workflows. AWS service catalog is now available in Hong Kong and Bahrain. AWS transcribe now supports automatic content reduction for security purposes. AWS IOT Greengrass now supports APT package management and AWS Connect has announced per second billing.
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