Announcements of AWS re: Invent 2021

Introduction

Amazon Web Services organizes the AWS re: Invent conference for the world’s cloud computing community. Keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, access to over 2,000 technical workshops, a partner expo, after-hours activities, and much more are all included in the event. AWS re: Invent 2021 was held in Las Vegas.

Re: Invent, now in its eleventh year, draws up to 60,000 participants annually. Attendees can anticipate a lively Vegas after the virus made the 2020 event entirely virtual. This article covers new launches of AWS in 2021.

Analytics

  • Amazon Redshift Serverless

Running analytics in the cloud with great performance at any scale is now incredibly simple due to Amazon Redshift Serverless. Start a query after loading the data. Cluster management and setup are not required. Suppose the data warehouse is in use, such as when loading data or querying, users pay for the time in seconds. Inactive data warehouses are free of charge.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams On-Demand — Stream Data at Scale Without Managing Capacity

The requirement to provision and manage streaming data capacity is done away with by this new capacity option. By utilizing Kinesis Data Streams On-demand, the capacity can be automatically scaled in response to changing data traffic.

  • AWS Lake Formation

Instead of taking weeks or months, AWS Lake Formation makes it simple to quickly build a secure data lake. Newly released capabilities make loading data, optimizing storage, and controlling access to a data lake even easier.

  • Announcing AWS Data Exchange for APIs:

Developers and IT managers who must integrate and safeguard access to numerous third-party APIs will find the new capabilities helpful.

Application Integration

  • Without Managing Capacity, Stream Data at Scale with Amazon Kinesis Data Streams On-Demand

Using EventBridge to create apps that respond fast and effectively to changes in S3 objects is even simpler due to the improvements. This brand-new “directly wired” design is quicker, more dependable, and developer-friendly than ever.

Architecture

  • Sustainability Pillar for AWS Well-Architected Framework

To decrease energy consumption and increase efficiency, the Sustainability Pillar provides questions that evaluate the workloads’ design, architecture, and implementation.

  • AWS Well-Architected Custom Lenses

Without relying on external spreadsheets or outside systems, Custom Lenses gives a consolidated picture and a consistent manner to measure and enhance workloads on AWS.

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

  • Underrepresented and underserved students are helped through the AWS Scholarship Program to prepare for careers in AI and ML

The new AWS DeepRacer Student service and Student League are launched along with the AWS AI & ML Scholarship program.

  • Amazon SageMaker Studio Lab

Introducing a free tool that anyone can use to experiment and learn about ML without requiring an AWS account, a credit card, or any prior understanding of cloud configuration.

  • Amazon SageMaker Inference Recommender

The latest addition to Amazon SageMaker Studio automates load testing and enhances model performance across ML instances.

  • Introducing SageMaker Training Compiler

Python training code will be automatically compiled, and GPU kernels will be created specifically for the model using a new capability.

  • Utilizing Spark Jobs and EMR Clusters in Amazon SageMaker Studio, create and manage them

Data scientists no longer need to leave their comfortable environment to construct, configure, and provision the EMR clusters where they run their workloads due to the ability to connect to and administer EMR clusters from within SageMaker Studio.

  • Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Plus — Create Training Datasets Without Code or In-house Resources

A turnkey service called Ground Truth Plus leverages a skilled workforce to quickly produce high-quality training datasets while cutting up to 40% of expenses.

  • Using ML, Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS can identify, assess, and fix problems related to Amazon Aurora

Developers can now pinpoint the precise reason for a database performance issue in Amazon Aurora, saving countless hours spent attempting to find and fix the issues.

  • A Visual, No-Code Machine Learning Capability for Business Analysts: Amazon SageMaker Canvas

Now, without writing code or needing ML skills, business analysts can create machine learning models and provide precise business predictions.

  • Hardcoded secret identification and protection with the AWS Secrets Manager

The new automated tool aids programmers in finding hidden information like passwords, API keys, SSH keys, and access tokens in source code or configuration files.

AWS Marketplace

  • AWS Marketplace for Containers Anywhere to Deploy Kubernetes Cluster in Any Environment

Due to a new set of features, AWS Marketplace third-party Kubernetes applications may now be found, subscribed to, and deployed by customers on any Kubernetes cluster in any environment. Customers who use the AWS Marketplace to run containerized workloads will find it more beneficial.

Compute

  • New Amazon EC2 M1 Mac Instances to Build & Test Apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV

Users can access devices made with the Apple-designed M1 System on Chip due to the EC2 M1 Mac instances. Users may now build and test apps while utilizing AWS’s advantages.

  • Storage-Optimized Amazon EC2 Instances

Introducing the two newest families of Graviton2 processor-powered storage-optimized instances, Im4gn and Is4gen. Both instances use specially created AWS Nitro SSD devices to provide up to 30 TB of NVMe storage.

  • AWS Outposts Servers in Two Form Factors

Introducing three AWS Outposts servers with the choice of x86 or Arm/Graviton2 processors, all powered by the AWS Nitro System.

  • AWS Graviton3 Processors Powered by New Amazon EC2 C7g Instances

Compute-intensive applications are probably ideal candidates for HPC, batch processing, Electronic Design Automation (EDA), media encoding, scientific modeling, ad serving, distributed analytics, and CPU-based machine learning inferencing.

  • 3rd generation AMD EPYC powered Amazon EC2 M6a instances

The 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors found in Amazon EC2 M6a instances operate at speeds up to 3.6 GHz and can reduce costs by up to 35% compared to M5a instances of an earlier version.

  • Repositories that Allow Pull-Through Caching for Amazon Elastic Container Registry

Container images obtained from public registries and pulled via cache repositories give developers access to Amazon Elastic Container Registry’s enhanced performance, security, and availability.

  • EC2 G5g instances on Amazon fueled by NVIDIA T4G Tensor Core GPUs and AWS Graviton2 processors

Graviton2’s price-performance advantages are now extended to GPU-based workloads, including graphics apps and machine learning inference, due to the broad availability of Amazon EC2 G5g instances.

  • Carpenter — An Open-Source High-Performance Kubernetes Cluster Autoscaler

With the help of a new open-source initiative, users can increase the availability of applications and cluster efficiency by quickly launching the appropriate amount of computing resources in response to shifting application loads.

Database

  • DynamoDB Table Class

Customers who seek a cost-effective method of storing rarely used data in DynamoDB without altering any application code can use the DynamoDB Standard-IA table class.

  • Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server

This launch serves corporate, e-commerce, and third-party apps that need changes in content management systems like Microsoft SharePoint and applications that depend on specific setups.

Developer Tools

  • A New Question-and-Answer Process for the AWS Community

This launch serves corporate, e-commerce, and third-party apps that need changes in content management systems like Microsoft SharePoint and applications that depend on specific setups.

  • AWS Cloud Development Kit Version 2 and Construct Hub are both generally available

Using well-liked programming languages like C#, TypeScript, Java, Python, and Go, connecting to cloud services is made simple via the AWS CDK, an open-source framework.

Internet of Things (IoT)

  • For up to ten years, FreeRTOS Extended Maintenance Plan

For up to 10 years after the initial LTS term has expired, embedded developers can take advantage of the FreeRTOS Extended Maintenance Plan to receive crucial bug fixes and security updates for the FreeRTOS LTS version of their choice.

  • Manage AWS IoT safely Utilizing AWS Systems Manager, Greengrass edge devices

IT managers have had to design or integrate proprietary tools to ensure that edge devices can be controlled alongside EC2 and on-premises instances through a consistent set of policies.

Management Tools

  • Meeting the requirements for data residency with the use of AWS Control Tower’s Region Deny and Guardrails

Preventive and detective controls will prevent the provisioning of resources in unwanted AWS Regions by restricting access to AWS APIs through Service Control Policies (SCPs) built and managed by AWS Control Tower.

  • AWS Control Tower Account Factory for Terraform

Using a deployment pipeline and the new AFT Terraform module, which is managed by the AWS Control Tower team.

  • AWS Compute Optimizer — Resource Efficiency Metrics to Estimate Savings Opportunities and Performance Risks

AWS Compute Optimizer recognizes workload patterns and suggests the best AWS resources by leveraging the knowledge gained from Amazon’s expertise in managing a variety of workloads in the cloud. To evaluate how effectively using AWS resources, it now additionally provides resource efficiency data alongside its recommendations.

  • Extended Infrastructure Metrics for AWS Compute Optimizer to Increase the Look-Back Period to Three Months

Additionally, AWS Compute Optimizer offers the option to opt-in or out of features that improve resource-specific recommendations.

  • Real-User Monitoring for Amazon CloudWatch

Users may create highly scalable and highly accessible web apps with the aid of Amazon CloudWatch. The primary challenge is tracking such applications to understand performance and provide the optimum experience for end users.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Evidently — Experiments and Feature Management

With this new Amazon CloudWatch tool, developers can quickly add experiments and feature management to the code of their applications. Implementing dark launches, sometimes called feature flags, and A/B testing is two related but separate use-cases for CloudWatch.

Messaging

  • Machine Learning-Powered Amazon Connect, Now With Call Summarization

By automatically summarizing the key points of each customer contact, Amazon Connect introduces a new feature that helps to enhance both agent and supervisor efficiency and customer experience.

  • For Amazon SQS Standard Queues, an Improved Dead-letter Queue Management Experience

The crucial stage of error management workflow, which entails discovering and fixing processing mistakes, is made easier to concentrate on by new features.

Migration & Transfer Services

  • Applications can be incrementally refactored with the aid of AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces

Users can rework current programs into distributed apps, often based on microservices, due to a new feature of AWS Migration Hub.

Networking & Content Delivery

  • Site-to-Site Connectivity with AWS Direct Connect SiteLink

Individuals are no longer required to manage and create an AWS Transit Gateway and connect through the nearest AWS Region for site-to-site network access.

  • Network Address Management and Auditing at Scale with Amazon VPC IP Address Manager

The new feature’s automated IP management workflow in at-scale networks makes it simpler to arrange, allot, track, and audit IP addresses.

  • Amazon VPC Network Access Analyzer

This tool enables to examine AWS networks of any size and complexity, in contrast to manual network setup testing, which is error-prone and difficult to scale.

Robotics

  • AWS IoT RoboRunner for Building Robot Fleet Management Applications

IoT AWS, a new robotics service called RoboRunner, makes it simpler for businesses to create and roll out software that enables fleets of robots to collaborate effectively.

Security

  • AWS Shield Advanced Update — Automatic Application Layer DDoS Mitigation

AWS WAF rules are automatically created, tested, and deployed by the new capability to protect clients from layer 7 DDoS events.

  • Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Introduces Secrets Detector to Identify Hardcoded Secrets and Secure Them with AWS Secrets Manager

The new Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Secrets Detector is an automated tool that aids developers with finding secrets like passwords, API keys, SSH keys, and access tokens in source code or configuration files.

  • Improved, Automated Vulnerability Management for Cloud Workloads with a New Amazon Inspector

Organizations of various sizes utilize Amazon Inspector to automate security assessment and management at scale. This new launch supports an expanded collection of resource types that require evaluation, frictionless deployment at scale, and an urgent requirement for rapid detection and remediation.

Storage

  • Enhanced Amazon S3 Integration for Amazon FSx for Lustre

Full bi-directional synchronization of file systems with Amazon S3 is one of the new features, as is the capacity to synchronize file systems with various S3 buckets or prefixes.

  • Migration of Offline Tape Using AWS Snowball Edge

One can do away with enormous, costly storage facilities, retire tape robots, and stop spending time and effort transferring stored data to new formats and media every few years.

  • AWS Backup Adds Support for Amazon S3

New functionality allows handling backup compliance more efficiently and centrally managing application backups.

  • The Best Place to Archive Data is Amazon S3 Glacier — Introducing the S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval Storage Class

This new archive storage class offers the most affordable storage for persistent data that needs millisecond retrieval and is rarely accessed.

  • Simplify Access Control Management for Amazon S3 Data

Access control lists can now be disabled via a new Amazon S3 Object Ownership setting. The Amazon S3 console policy editor now reports IAM Access Analyzer-powered security warnings, problems, and suggestions.

  • AWS Backup — Support for VMware and VMware Cloud on AWS

Due to this new functionality, Users can now centralize and automate the data protection of virtual machines running on VMware settings.

  • Amazon FSx for OpenZFS

With this new member of the FSx family, users can use a well-liked file system without worrying about hardware provisioning, software configuration, patching, backups, etc., or having to acquire the specific knowledge required to set up and manage OpenZFS.

  • AWS Nitro SSD — High-Performance Storage for I/O-Intensive Applications

AWS Nitro SSDs of the second generation were created to prevent latency spikes and provide excellent I/O performance for real-world workloads.

  • Recycle Bin for EBS Snapshots

EBS Snapshots can be created quickly and deleted just as quickly. Introducing a Recycle Bin to provide greater flexibility, allowing to configure rules to keep deleted snapshots around in case users accidentally delete them.

  • Amazon EBS Snapshots Archive

EBS provides a simple-to-use, high-performance block storage solution. Users can boot an operating system and store data for most performance-demanding workloads on EBS volume-mounted EC2 instances.

  • Introducing Amazon Bracket Hybrid Jobs — Set Up, Monitor, and Efficiently Run Hybrid quantum-classical Workloads

With the new Amazon Bracket Hybrid Jobs, one can confidently run algorithms rapidly and predictably with on-demand priority access to QPUs without having to manage complex infrastructure and software.

Conclusion

AWS will have around 200 products and services available as of 2021, including tools for the Internet of Things, developer tools, robots, computing, storage, networking, database, analytics, and application services.

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