So after verifying with the POWERS-THAT-BE@AWS that the following email was something that could be considered public knowledge (and therefore I wouldn't be breaking my signed-in-blood NDA by exposing this information to a wider audience ;-)), I present the following tidbit of juicy AWS persistent storage info which arrived in my inbox earlier this morning...
This is a notice to let you know that Amazon EC2 instance(s) associated with your account are operating on an older software version that will not be able to take advantage of some upcoming new features. The affected instances are listed below.
In the coming weeks, Amazon EC2 will be launching a new persistent storage offering. This is an advanced alert that the instances listed will not be able to take advantage of this new feature. Other instances that are not listed will be able to take advantage of it.
For more information about the persistent storage offering, please see the following blog posts:
For the instances listed, we recommend migrating to new instances. Any newly launched instance will be able to take advantage of the new storage offering.
The Amazon EC2 Team
Of course I am unable to disclose any further details, but what I can do is assure you of one very important thing: Having spent the last 6 or so months of my life as a member of the AWS persistent storage private alpha attempting in every way possible to bring the system to within an inch of its life, (and writing about ways you can begin preparing for its release *today*) I can speak with some authority when I state that the AWS persistent storage solution *ROCKS*!
Are you ready to be *ROCKED*?! Giddieup! ;-)