Santa arrived early and he brought all the goods with him to The Cloud Pod this week. The team dives into all the big announcements from AWS re:invent 2020.
A big thanks to this week’s sponsor:
- Foghorn Consulting, which provides full-stack cloud solutions with a focus on strategy, planning and execution for enterprises seeking to take advantage of the transformative capabilities of AWS, Google Cloud and Azure.
This week’s highlights
- 🚨 Amazon flips the bird at Microsoft with its Babelfish announcement.
- 🚨 AWS is angling for a free Jeep Wrangler with its new service.
- 🚨 AWS is helping customers get out of the sticky situation they’re in and don’t know it.
Amazon Web Services: Thankfully They Didn’t Ruin Our Predictions
- 🌊 Amazon launches managed workflows for Apache Airflow to simplify data processing pipelines. Interesting to see it giving some alternative options.
- 🦃 AWS Lambda now has Code Signing, a trust and integrity control to confirm code is unaltered and from a trusted publisher. Not a nice way to start Thanksgiving if you are Palo Alto.
- 🆗 Amazon announces centralized account access management of AWS Single Sign-On and Attribute-based access control. Has a few rough edges.
- 🤗 Multi-Region Replication is now enabled for AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory. We’re so glad this is finally here.
- ♻️ Amazon announces reusable building blocks called modules to define infrastructure and applications in AWS CloudFormation. Amazon is jumping on the reusable elements bandwagon with this one.
- 👮 AWS Security Hub integrates with AWS Organizations for simplified security posture management. Basically a centralized security hub.
AWS Elasticsearch Announcements:
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch version 7.9
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports anomaly detection for high cardinality datasets
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service introduces Piped Processing Language (PPL)
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Remote Reindex
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service revamps Kibana security user interface while integrating with other features
Smaller AWS Announcements: That’s Not All, Folks!
- ⚠️ Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer announces CodeQuality Detector to help manage technical debt and codebase maintainability. Ryan’s code better watch out.
- 🥈 PostgreSQL 13 is now available in the Amazon RDS Database preview environment. Google did it first, though.
- 🤷 AWS Secrets Manager now supports 5,000 requests per second for the GetSecretValue API operation. A great way for hackers to get your secrets out faster!
- 🙄 AWS CodeArtifact now supports NuGet. Not surprised by this.
- 👍 Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics launches enhancements for API monitoring. Nice!
re:Invent Recap: Get Comfy
- 💲 Amazon announces C2 Mac instances to build and test macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS apps. Offering the same thing Apple Mac does but at 8x the price.
- 😃 Amazon launches ECS circuit breaker to automatically roll back unhealthy service deployments. This is a nice improvement for ECS.
- 🗳️ AWS launches D3 / D3en dense storage instances giving customers access to massive amounts of low-cost on-instance HDD storage.
- ⏩ Amazon announces new EC2 R5b instances to provide 3x higher EBS performance.
- 😎 Amazon announces EC2 C6gn instances are coming soon, featuring 100 Gbps networking with AWS Graviton2 Processors.
- ☁️ New AWS EC2 M5zn instances have the fastest Intel Xeon scalable CPU in the Cloud.
- 👔 Amazon announces EC2 G4ad instances are coming soon and will feature AMD GPUs for Graphics Workloads.
- 😞 Amazon launches public Elastic Container Registry. Great for those suffering from those docker limits.
- 🥳 Amazon announces new 1ms billing granularity adds cost savings for AWS Lambda. You could get multiple cost savings with this one, which is great.
- 🛀 Amazon adds functions with up to 10 GB of memory and 6 vCPUs for AWS Lambda. Will save you a lot of time and money!
- 😕 Announcing new AWS Wavelength Zone in Las Vegas. Makes no sense.
- 🎈 Announcing Cloud Audit Academy AWS-specific for audit and compliance teams. Really glad to see this!
- 🤣 AWS announces plans to open source Babelfish for PostgreSQL. Biggest “eff you” to Microsoft licensing if we’ve ever seen one.
- 🔨 AWS Proton is now in preview offering automated management for container and serverless deployments. This is an amazing add to its existing toolset.
- 😺 New Amazon EBS gp3 Volume lets customers set performance apart from capacity. A huge improvement over gp2.
- 🎪 Amazon announces larger and faster io2 Block Express EBS Volumes with higher throughput are now in preview. This is massive!
- 👯♂️ AWS announces AQUA for Amazon Redshift is now in preview. One prediction point goes to Justin for this one.
- 🏗️ Amazon announces new Container Image Support for AWS Lambda. Will change the way people build and test Lambdas.
- 🦝 New Amazon DevOps Guru helps identify application errors and fixes. We’re curious to see how this will be implemented.
- 🙃 Amazon announces AWS Glue Elastic Views is in preview. Nice to see but not sure about the use case for this one.
- 💚 AWS launches SageMaker Data Wrangler, a new data preparation service for machine learning. We love the name.
- 🔗 New Amazon QuickSight Q answers natural-language questions about business data. You’ll need to make sure everything is linked properly for this one.
- 🎀 Amazon Connect is now smarter and more integrated with third-party tools. Some pretty big improvements!
- 🖐️ Introducing the next version of Amazon Aurora Serverless in Preview. This could be very compelling.
- 💃 Amazon announces Lookout for Equipment Analyzes Sensor Data to help detect equipment failure. Someone out there will be excited about this.
- 🏭 Introducing Amazon Monitron, a simple and cost-effective service enabling predictive maintenance. Great for manufacturers!
- 🏝️ Amazon announces Lookout for Vision, a new machine-learning service simplifies defect detection for Manufacturing. Cool but a bit dry for a keynote.
- ❄️ AWS Panorama Appliance brings computer vision applications to the Edge. Really cool feature.
- 😐 Amazon announces three more AWS Local Zones will be launched in 2020 and 12 more in 2021. Basically wherever they have Wavelength.
- 🤓 Amazon makes some big preannouncements around AWS Outpost Form Factors, ECS and EKS. These will make people’s lives a lot easier.
Amazon EKS announcements:
- Amazon EKS simplifies installation and management for Kubernetes cluster add-ons
- Amazon EKS adds support for EC2 Spot Instances in managed node groups
- Amazon EKS Console Now Includes Kubernetes Resources to Simplify Cluster Management
- Introducing Amazon EKS Distro – an open source Kubernetes distribution used by Amazon EKS.
- Introducing the new Amazon EKS console
re:Invent Predictions – How Did We Do?
- Integration between Sumerian and Chime/Slack (messaging service) for virtual in-person meetings
- Major upgrade to CloudWatch/Logs/GuardDuty/CloudWatch Events (SIEM) but an actual SIEM product. Will have its own name or does something to GuardDuty
- Robot SDK for tight integrations into AWS Cloud
- Serverless graph database (Neptune or something like Neptune)
- Live migration for some instance types between EC2 hosts so maintenance events don’t cause the same level of damage
- Detailed discussion of their use of IOT and AWS services for COVID-19 – Announced
- Snowflake report generation and capabilities in Redshift or new tool – Announced
- Cut in Bandwidth or C, M and R Instances by 10% minimum
- A Cloud Shell
- Control plane for managing Kubernetes on premise or in other clouds – Announced
- An AI/machine learning-based observability tool
- COVID-19 response highlights the adoption rate of cloud computing because of the pandemic – Announced
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ The team took a break from the Lightning Round this week thanks to the re:Invent predictions, leaving scores at Justin (16 points), Jonathan (10 points), Ryan (six points) and Jacques (one point).