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Six Nines: AWS re:Invent Recap

Wow, what an incredible week in Las Vegas. If you were there, I'm sure you are as exhausted as my team. re:Invent weeks always serve as a reminder of just how fast AWS and the cloud industry is moving. It felt like a new, relevant announcement was made on an hourly basis. Now that we are all settled back into our daily work schedules, with a warm cup of coffee in hand, I want to provide you with a detailed list of the updates that took place and links for how to research them further. All of the announcements are arranged in the categories of their function. If I missed anything, please contact me at Ben+Insider@SixNinesIT.com or message us below.

Analytics

Introducing Amazon Kinesis Video Streams – Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from connected devices to AWS for machine learning, analytics, and processing. You can also stream other time-encoded data like RADAR and LIDAR signals using Kinesis Video Streams.

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Application Integration

Amazon MQ – Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud.

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AR & VR

Announcing Amazon Sumerian Preview: Amazon Sumerian lets you create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise.

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Business Productivity

Alexa for Business Is Now Generally Available – Alexa for Business makes it easy for you to introduce Alexa to your organization, providing you the tools you need to manage Alexa devices, users, and skills at scale.

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Compute

AWS Serverless Application Repository Enables Customers to Discover, Deploy, and Publish Serverless Applications (Preview) – With the AWS Serverless Application Repository, customers can now easily discover, deploy, and publish everything from code samples and components for building web and mobile applications to back-end processing services and complete applications, making it easier for developers to share solutions and companies to connect with customers.

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AWS Lambda Supports Traffic Shifting and Phased Deployments with AWS CodeDeploy – You can now shift incoming traffic between two AWS Lambda function versions based on pre-assigned weights.

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AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions – You can now allocate 3,008MB of memory to your AWS Lambda functions.

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Set Concurrency Limits on Individual AWS Lambda Functions – You can now set a concurrency limit on individual AWS Lambda functions.

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Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service – AWS Server Migration Service now supports the ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS.

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AWS Lambda Introduces Enhanced Console Experience – The AWS Lambda console has been updated with enhancements and new features that improve the experience of creating, configuring, testing, and monitoring your Lambda functions.

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Introducing AWS Fargate – AWS Fargate is a technology for deploying and managing containers without having to manage any of the underlying infrastructure.

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Amazon ECS CLI Version 1.1.0 adds AWS Fargate Support – ECS CLI version 1.1.0 adds support for running and managing tasks using the AWS Fargate launch-type.

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Introducing Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Preview) – Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain your own Kubernetes clusters.

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Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management – Amazon Lightsail has added load balancers to its easy-to-use cloud platform, enabling developers to build scalable, highly available websites and applications easily and quickly.

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Introducing Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instance – Launch Templates is a new capability that enables a new way to templatize your launch requests.

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Introducing Spread Placement Groups for Amazon EC2 – Spread placement groups help reduce the likelihood of failures within clusters or groups of instances.

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Announcing Amazon EC2 T2 Unlimited for Sustained High CPU Performance – Amazon EC2 T2 instances can now deliver high CPU performance for as long as a workload needs it.

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Announcing Amazon Time Sync Service for Amazon EC2 Instances – The Amazon Time Sync service provides a highly accurate and reliable time reference that is natively accessible from Amazon EC2 instances.

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Announcing Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances (Preview) – Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances are on- demand

instances that provide your applications direct access to the compute, memory, and networking resources of the underlying next-generation AWS hardware and software infrastructures.

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Introducing Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, the latest generation of Storage Optimized instances for high-performance big data workloads – Amazon EC2 H1 instances are the latest generation of Amazon EC2’s Storage Optimized instances, which are powered by 2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon® E5 2686 v4 processors (codenamed Broadwell), offers smaller vCPU to memory and vCPU to storage ratios, and with the largest instance size, h1.16xlarge, provides up to 16TB of HDD-based instance storage.

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Introducing Amazon EC2 M5 Instances – Amazon EC2 M5 Instances are the next-generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances and are ideal for workloads such as web and application servers, back end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, as well as for app development environments.

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Hibernation for Spot Instances lets you Pause and Resume Your Workloads – Amazon EC2 Spot can now hibernate Amazon EBS-backed instances in the event of an interruption.

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New Spot Pricing Model and Spot on RunInstances – Amazon EC2 simplified the Spot pricing by moving to a model which delivers low, predictable prices that adjusts gradually, based on long-term trends in supply and demand.

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AWS Batch Adds Support for Large-Scale Job Submissions with Array Jobs – Array Jobs is a significant launch for AWS Batch. It allows developers to easily submit, with a single API call, up to 10,000 jobs for execution.

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Databases

Announcing Amazon Aurora Multi-Master (Preview) – Amazon Aurora Multi-Master allows you to create multiple

read/write master instances across multiple Availability Zones.

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Announcing Amazon Aurora Serverless (Preview) – Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand auto- scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora, where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale up or down capacity based on your application's needs.

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AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore – On-Demand Backup allows you to create full backups of

your DynamoDB tables datafor data archival, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements.

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AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables – Global Tables builds upon DynamoDB’s global footprint to provide you with a fully managed, multi-region, and multi-master database that provides fast, local, read and write performance for massively scaled, global applications.

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Introducing Amazon Neptune (Preview) – Amazon Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets.

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Developer Tools

Introducing AWS Cloud9 – AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser.

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Support for Serverless Deployments in AWS CodeDeploy – You can now use AWS CodeDeploy to deploy AWS Lambda functions.

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IoT

Over-the-air updates, access to local resources, and OPC-UA industrial protocol adapter now available on AWS Greengrass – AWS Greengrass is a software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities for connected devices in a secure way.

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AWS IoT Core Adds Enhanced Authentication Features – Starting today, AWS IoT Core is providing new authentication mechanisms that allow you to connect your devices to AWS.

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AWS Greengrass adds a feature for Machine Learning Inference (Preview) – AWS Greengrass Machine Learning (ML) Inference makes it easy to perform ML inference locally on AWS Greengrass devices using models that are built and trained in the cloud.

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Announcing AWS IoT Device Management – Use AWS IoT Device Management to securely onboard, organize, monitor, and remotely manage your IoT devices at scale throughout their lifecycle.

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Announcing AWS IoT Analytics (Preview) – You can now use AWS IoT Analytics to cleanse, process, enrich, store, and analyze IoT data at scale.

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AWS IoT 1-Click, Now in Preview – AWS IoT 1-Click is a service that makes it easy for simple devices to trigger AWS Lambda functions that execute a specific action.

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Announcing AWS IoT Device Defender (Announcement)AWS IoT Device Defender is a fully managed service that allows you to secure your fleet of IoT devices on an ongoing basis.

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Announcing Amazon FreeRTOS – Amazon FreeRTOS is an IoT microcontroller operating system that makes small, low-powered edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and maintain.

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Machine Learning

AWS Announces Deep Learning AMIs for Microsoft Windows – The Deep Learning AMIs for Windows

contain all the necessary pre-built packages, libraries, and frameworks you need to start building AI systems using deep learning.

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Introducing AWS DeepLens – AWS

DeepLens is a Deep-Learning enabled wireless video camera that pairs an HD camera developer kit with a set of sample projects to help developers learn machine learning concepts.

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Introducing Amazon Comprehend – Amazon Comprehend is a Natural Language Processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to analyze your text.

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Introducing Amazon Rekognition Video – Amazon

Rekognition Video is a deep learning based service that makes it easy to add video analysis to your applications.

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Introducing Amazon SageMaker – Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed service that enables data scientists and developers to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models, at scale.

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Introducing Amazon Translate – Now in Preview – Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation.

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Introducing Amazon Transcribe – Now in Preview – Amazon Transcribe is an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech to text capability to their applications.

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Management Tools

AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions – You can now log the execution activity of your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail Lambda data events.

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AWS Announces AWS Systems Manager – Today, AWS announced AWS Systems Manager, a unified interface that allows you to easily centralize operational data from multiple AWS services and automate tasks across your AWS resources.

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Media Services

AWS Elemental MediaConvert: Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service that allows video providers with any size content library to easily and reliably transcode on-demand content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery.

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AWS Elemental MediaLive: Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaLive, a live video processing service that enables video providers to encode high-quality live video streams for broadcast television and multiscreen devices.

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AWS Elemental MediaPackage: Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaPackage, a video origination and just-in-time packaging service that allows video distributors to securely and reliably deliver streaming content at scale.

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AWS Elemental MediaTailor: Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaTailor, a content personalization and monetization service that allows video providers to serve video with targeted ads to end users while maintaining broadcast quality-of-service in multiscreen video applications.

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AWS Elemental MediaStore: Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaStore, a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live and on-demand media combined with the security and durability of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

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Mobile Services

Introducing AWS AppSync, a managed GraphQL service with real-time data and offline programming (Preview) – AWS AppSync Preview enables you to manage and update mobile app data in real-time between devices and the cloud, and allows apps to interact with the data on the mobile device when it is offline.

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Networking & Content Delivery

Amazon API Gateway Supports Endpoint Integrations with Private VPCs – You can now provide access to HTTP(S) resources within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing them directly to the public Internet.

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AWS PrivateLink for Customer and Partner Services Now Available – You can now connect to any services powered by AWS PrivateLink from your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or from your on-premises data center using private IP addresses without sending the traffic to traverse the Internet.

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments – You can now use Canary release deployments to gradually roll out new APIs in Amazon API Gateway.

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Announcing Support for Inter-Region VPC Peering – Amazon EC2 now allows peering relationships to be established between Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) across different AWS regions.

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Security, Identity & Compliance

Ready-to-Use Managed Rules Now Available on AWS WAF – Managed Rules for AWS WAF, available today, enable you to easily protect your web applications and APIs from Internet threats.

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Announcing Advanced Security Features for Amazon Cognito (Preview) – Amazon Cognito Advanced Security Features enable you to protect access to your applications using risk-based authentication and compromised credentials detection.

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Announcing Amazon GuardDuty – Amazon

GuardDuty is a threat detection service that gives you a more accurate and easy way to continuously monitor and protect your AWS accounts and workloads.

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Storage

Amazon Glacier Select Makes Big Data Analytics of Archive Data Possible – Amazon Glacier Select is a new way to query archived data in Amazon Glacier.

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Amazon S3 Select Is Now Available in Preview – S3 Select is a new Amazon S3 capability designed to pull out only the data you need from an object, dramatically improving the performance and reducing the cost of applications that need to access data in S3.

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Other

AWS Alexa Skill Now Available – You can now hear the latest launch announcements from AWS on your Alexa-enabled device with the AWS Alexa skill. In addition to providing daily AWS news throughout the year, this skill also provides up-to-date news about services and features launched at AWS re:Invent 2017. Simply ask, “Alexa, ask AWS what’s launched at re:Invent.”

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