Strut Digital spent last week in Las Vegas @AWS re:Invent 2016. This year’s conference was the biggest yet, with more than 25,000 people attending. The team got to hear first hand all the announcements in the keynotes by Andy Jessy and Werner Vogels regarding new AWS services. Some exciting announcements revealed new tools to manage big data, optimise the cloud and secure environments. As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we are looking forward to test and implement new services into 2017.


Here is a summary of the announcements coming out of re:Invent this year split by categories:

Amazon Athena – an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using SQL. No infrastructure to manage as Athena is serverless. Pay only for the queries you run.
AWS Glue – a fully managed ETL service that makes it easy to understand your data sources, prepare the data, and move it reliably between data stores. It simplifies and automates data discovery, transformation, and job scheduling tasks.
Application Services
AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows.
Artificial Intelligence
Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces using voice and text. With Lex, the same deep learning engine that powers Alexa is now available to any developer, enabling you to bring sophisticated, natural language chatbots to new and existing applications.
Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. It supports 24 languages and 47 lifelike voices. Create apps that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products.
Amazon Rekognition is a service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications. With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces.
Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the most powerful Compute Optimized instances, featuring the highest performing processors and the lowest price/compute performance in EC2.
Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs is first attachable Elastic GPUs — the most cost effective and flexible way to add graphics acceleration to Amazon EC2 Instances.
Amazon EC2 F1 is a new compute instance with programmable hardware for application acceleration. With F1, you can directly access custom FPGA hardware on the instance in a few clicks.
Amazon EC2 I3 instances are the latest generation of Storage Optimized High I/O instances, featuring NVMe based SSDs for the most demanding I/O intensive relational, NoSQL, transactional, and analytics workloads.
Amazon EC2 R4 instances are the latest generation of Memory Optimized instances which are 20% more price performant than R3 instances.
Amazon t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances, well-suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst.
Amazon Lightsail is the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Get everything you need to jumpstart your project – compute, storage, and networking – starting at $5/month.
AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS.
Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, helps you automate important management tasks such as collecting system inventory, applying OS patches, automating image creation, and configuring OS and applications at scale. In addition, you can record and govern your instance’s software configuration with AWS Config.
C# Support on Lambda
Lambda@Edge lets you run code at CloudFront edge locations without provisioning or managing servers. This allows developers to deliver a low latency user experience for customized web applications.
Blox is a collection of open source software that enables customers to build custom schedulers and integrate third-party schedulers on top of ECS.
Amazon Aurora is now PostgreSQL compatible. You can get up to twice the performance of the typical PostgreSQL database and the features you love in Amazon Aurora.
Developer Tools
AWS CodeBuild builds and tests code in the cloud. CodeBuild scales continuously, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You are charged by the minute for the compute resources you use. You can also use CodeBuild with other AWS services. For example, you can plug CodeBuild into AWS CodePipeline, which automates building and testing code in CodeBuild each time you commit a change to your source repository. CodeBuild is also integrated with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, enabling you to easily build and test code in CodeBuild for your Elastic Beanstalk applications.
AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors.
AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices. Run IoT applications seamlessly across the AWS cloud and local devices using AWS Lambda.
AWS Snowball Edge is a petabyte-scale data transfer service with on-board storage and compute.
VMware Cloud on AWS makes it easy for customers to run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud.
Management Tools
AWS Personal Health Dashboard gives you a personalized view of AWS service health. You’ll get alerts when services you are using are impacted, and guidance to help keep your AWS resources healthy.
AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate provides a fully managed Chef server and suite of automation tools for continuous deployment, automated testing for compliance, and a user interface for visibility into your nodes.
AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data.
Amazon Pinpoint makes it easy to run targeted push notification campaigns to improve user engagement in mobile apps. You can use Pinpoint to define your target segments, run your campaign, and measure results.
AWS Shield is a managed DDoS protection service that safeguards your web applications using Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53.

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