9 most important announcements at AWS re:Invent 2018

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announcements at AWS re:Invent 2018

Amazon Web Service’s annual event for global cloud computing community – AWS re:Invent 2018 has kick-started at Las Vegas, knitted with deeper technical content, more learning opportunities and increased access to AWS experts.

The cloud giant has revealed various announcements so far across varied topics – big data and analytics, databases, machine learning, compute, security and compliance to name a few.

From introducing Amazon EC2 A1 instances for ARM processors to new Amazon S3 features, AWS has certainly has brought various new possibilities for its customers.

Here are the most important and unmissable announcements coming straight from AWS re:Invent 2018:

Key announcements at AWS re:Invent 2018

1. Amazon EC2 A1 instances powered by New Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors

A1 instances will act as the first EC2 instances that are powered by AWS Graviton Processors, featuring 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon by AWS.

With this, AWS EC2 will be offering VMs running on ARM-based processors through the new A1 instances.

The Graviton processors are custom designed by AWS using its deep expertise in building solutions for scalable computing applications. These are designed to deliver performance, cost optimizations and targeted power.

These instances are built on AWS Nitro System, which is a combination of a lightweight hypervisor and dedicated hardware, maximizing the resource efficiency for customers.

The new instances are for now available in the US East (Ohio), US East (N Virginia), Europe (Ireland) and US West (Oregon) regions.

2. New capabilities to make it easier to build IoT Applications and to act on data at the Edge

IoT SiteWise: Available in preview, AWS IoT SiteWise is a managed service that will make collection and organization of data from industrial equipment easier. It can be used to identify industrial waste, a breakdown of equipment and processes, defects in products etc.

IoT Events: IoT Events is a yet another managed service by AWS that makes it easier to detect and respond to events coming from IoT Sensors and applications. It can identify operational issues, trigger alerts, slowdowns etc. and can notify support teams quickly. The service is available in preview.

IoT Greengrass connectors: AWS IoT Greengrass allows users to bring their local compute, data caching, messaging, sync and ML inference features and capabilities to the edge devices. The new features in IoT Greengrass will now include connectors to third-party applications and other AWS services. This service has been made available.

AWS IoT Things Graph: Available in preview, AWS IoT Things Graph provides a simple way for developers to let them connect devices and web services to build new IoT applications. The service is available in preview in US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), US East (Northern VA) regions.

3. Enabling high-performance computing (HPC) with new Elastic Fabric Adapter

EFA or Elastic Fabric Adapter acts as a network interface for EC2 instances. It enables end users to run HPC applications with high inter-instance communication need at scale on AWS. By using a custom-built OS bypass technique, it improves the performance of inter-instance communications that plays an important part in scaling HPC applications.

This capability allows AWS VMs to share data over low-latency interlinks. Organizations running HPC workloads like weather modelling, computational fluid dynamics and reservoir simulation, can now simply move to cloud.

4. AWS Global Accelerator

The Global Accelerator is a network-layer service that users can deploy in front of their internet applications. This has been designed to improve availability and performance of globally distributed user data.

With Global Accelerator, customers will be redirected to an application’s based on its geographic location, routing policies and health.

The Accelerator allocates a set of static IP addresses that are unique to every application and are not bound to change. This eliminates the need to update clients when the application scales.

5. AWS Amplify Console

AWS Amplify Console acts as a continuous deployment and hosting service for present age web applications running on serverless backends. These applications include single page app frameworks – Angular, React and Vue along with static site generators – Hugo, Jekyll and Gatsby.

It accelerates your application release cycle by deploying changes both on frontend and backend of every code commit.

6. New Amazon S3 features

AWS announced four new exciting features for Amazon S3, to reduce storage costs by simplifying building of archival applications using Amazon S3 Glacier storage class and enabling single-click data replication to S3 Glacier to any other AWS region.

With this update, Amazon Glacier is now Amazon S3 Glacier and is officially a part of S3. The S3 PUT API enables customers to directly upload objects to the S3 Glacier storage class without the need to manage zero-day lifecycle policies.

Users can set S3 Cross-Region Replication i.e. CRR policies for quickly replicating data into the S3 glacier. S3 Restore Notification will provide users with event notification whenever a restoration from the S3 Glacier starts.

And, with S3 Restore Speed Upgrade feature, users will now be able to issue a second restore request from S3 Glacier at a much faster rate.

7. Preview of ML insights for Amazon QuickSight

ML Insights helps customers discover latest trends and outliers, forecast future results, identify key business drivers, and summarize data in a simple way. AWS has now announced the preview availability of ML Insights for Amazon QuickSight. With this, the end users do not have to spend hours in manual analysis and interpretation of data. Learn more about this feature, here.

8. Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights

AWS also announced the general availability of its CloudWatch Logs Insights service – a completely integrated log analytics solution for enterprises with pay-as-you-go pricing. It enables you to analyze, explore and visualize logs instantly.

Users can start making use of this service with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Users can immediately start with writing queries, filters, aggregations and regular expressions.

9. AWS Private marketplace

AWS has introduced a new feature called Private Marketplace. AWS already owns a marketplace with over 1,400 software listings. The new Private Marketplace enables users to customize a digital catalogue of product that are pre-approved from the AWS marketplace. Admins can select the products based on their procurement policies and make them available for their end users.

With this feature enabled, AWS organizations users will be redirected to the private marketplace when they log into AWS marketplace. This will quicken the pace of finding, buying and deploying product without waiting for approval, as products in private marketplace will be pre-approved.

However, there are more announcements expected from the ongoing event. Stay tuned as we bring any new announcement.

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