145: The Cloud Pod Evidently Wants to Talk about re:Invent

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145: The Cloud Pod Evidently Wants to Talk about re:Invent
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On The Cloud Pod this week, the team finds out whose re:Invent 2021 crystal ball was most accurate. Also Graviton3 is announced, and Adam Selipsky gives his first re:Invent keynote. 

A big thanks to this week’s sponsors:

  • 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.
  • JumpCloud, which offers a complete platform for identity, access, and device management — no matter where your users and devices are located. 

This week’s highlights

  • 🚨 Amazon’s re:Invent 2021 featured a ton of new updates, including AWS CloudWatch Evidently, AWS Private 5G, and a new AWS Sustainability Pillar. 
  • 🚨 Justin’s prediction pick — Graviton 3 — was announced on Day Two of re:Invent, along with serverless options for data analytics, and a free machine learning (ML) database for existing AWS customers. 
  • 🚨 Amazon CEO Adam Selipsky missed the mark at his re:Invent debut, announcing fewer new releases than expected to a low-energy crowd.

Top Quotes  

💡 “This is Adam’s [Selipsky] first keynote as CEO of AWS… I do feel it was a missed opportunity. Number one, he didn’t drive out a ton of announcements, which everyone expected. There was a miss across the entire audience — people were expecting something they didn’t get. And then number two, OK, maybe you’re not the best public speaker: maybe you should go with a different model.”

💡 “In the keynote, the message was really clear: They’re trying to democratize access to machine learning, they’re trying to give this access to more than just the elite data scientists and programmers. And that made me think that if you expand that out to no-code in general, that’s a really powerful thing”

AWS: re:Invent 2021 feat. a Mechanical Cat

Pre:Invent: Because Every Good re:Invent needs a Warmup

Re:Invent Day 1: No More Secrets

  • 🕵️‍♀️ With Secrets Detector, Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer users can automatically detect secrets in source code or configuration files, such as passwords, API keys, SSH keys, and access tokens.
  • 🔭 To provide more accurate AWS resources recommendations, Amazon is extending the enhanced infrastructure metrics look-back period to three months for AWS Compute Optimizer. 
  • 📊 Along with providing AWS resource recommendations, the AWS Compute Optimizer can now provide resource efficiency metrics to help assess efficiency. 
  • ☁️ AWS announces its new EC2 G5g instances, which extend Graviton2 price-performance benefits to GPU-based workloads, including graphics applications and ML inference. 
  • 🤑 New Amazon EC2 M6 instances are powered by third generation AMD EPYC processors, and offer an improved price-performance versus the previous generation M5a instances.
  • 🧪 AWS releases CloudWatch Evidently, a capability that helps developers introduce experiments and feature management in their application code. The team remains confused as to why this is a CloudWatch feature.
  • 💸 AWS releases real-user monitoring for CloudWatch with the insane price tag of $1.00 for every 100,000 events collected. We expect to see pricing changes in the future.
  • 🖼️ Developers can now source their images with pull through cache repositories for Amazon Elastic Container Registry, offering improved performance and security.
  • 🔥 After the dumpster fire that was the 2015 Amazon Inspector launch, AWS has finally released a new and improved version that features automated vulnerability management for cloud workloads. 
  • 🔎 The new AWS Data Exchange for APIs lets you find, subscribe to, and use third-party APIs with AWS SDKs, as well as consistent AWS-native authentication and governance.
  • 🌐 With the AWS Marketplace for Containers Anywhere, users can find and buy containers to run their kubernetes clusters in any environment.
  • 🪚 AWS Karpenter offers users an open-source high-performance kubernetes cluster autoscaler  that can run on any code cluster to rapidly deploy kubernetes nodes and scale efficiently. 
  • 🎛️ Terraform users can finally throw away their homemade pipelines and use the new AWS Control Tower Account Factory to provision and customize their AWS accounts using a deployment pipeline. 
  • 📚 Amazon EBS Snapshots Archive is a new storage tier for the long-term retention of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) snapshots of EBS volumes.
  • 🌉 Customers can now configure S3 Event Notifications to directly deliver to EventBridge, allowing for advanced filtering, multiple destinations, and more rapid invocation.
  • 🧪 Amazon Athena ACID Transactions is now in preview: It allows users to add write, delete, update, and time travel operations to Athena’s SQL data manipulation language.
  • 💻 Also in preview is a new AWS Chatbot feature, which gives users the ability to manage AWS resources and remediate issues in AWS workloads by running AWS CLI commands from Slack. 

Re:Invent Day 2: Announcing Graviton3 and Private 5G, a Poem

Re:Invent Day 3: Rise of the Machine Learning

  • 👷‍♂️ With Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server, users can automate setup, operation, and scaling of databases in the cloud.
  • 🧑‍🎓 AWS partners with Intel and Udacity to launch a new scholarship program dedicated to helping underrepresented and underserved students prepare for careers in AI and ML.
  • 👨‍🏫 Amazon SageMaker Studio Lab is now in preview. This is a free service to help customers learn and experiment with ML capabilities. 
  • 🤔 New to Amazon SageMaker is the Inference Recommender, which automates load testing and optimizes model performance across ML instances.
  • 💨 Amazon SageMaker Training Compiler is a new capability that can accelerate training of deep learning (DL) models by up to 50%.
  • 💥 New enhancements to Amazon SageMaker allow users to create and manage EMR clusters and Spark Jobs directly within the platform. 
  • 🗄️ If you have data that you access infrequently, the new DynamoDB table class can save you up to 60% in your DynamoDB costs.
  • 🤓 With the new Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS, developers can harness the power of ML to detect, diagnose, and resolve Amazon Aurora-related issues within their databases. 
  • 🤖 With Amazon Lex Automated Chatbot Designer (now in preview), developers can automatically design chatbots from conversation transcripts in hours rather than weeks.
  • 🕵️‍♀️ ML-powered search service Amazon Kendra launches three new features: experience builder, search analytics dashboard, and custom document enrichment. 
  • 🌐 The new AWS Direct Connect SiteLink lets users create connections between their on-premises networks through the AWS global network backbone.    
  • 💀 Amazon SQS Standard Queues now has an enhanced dead-letter queue management experience that lets you inspect a sample of the unconsumed messages and move them back to the original queue with a click, and without writing, maintaining, and securing any custom code.
  • 🗂️ AWS releases its new VPC IP Address Manager, which helps network administrators organize, assign, monitor, and audit IP addresses automatically and at scale — but the price tag is pretty high.
  • ⚠️ Amazon is taking the manual work out of network configuration with its VPC Network Access Analyzer, giving users the ability to quickly identify unintended network access errors.
  • 🎚️ Optimize scaling decisions for improved performance and resilience in Amazon CloudWatch with AWS Managed Microsoft AD
  • 🤝 With the new AWS Transit Gateway intra-region peering capability, users can establish peering connections between multiple Transit Gateways in the same AWS Region, for simplified cloud operations and network connectivity. 

Re:Invent Day 4: Please Don’t Troll re:Post

Re:Invent Predictions Results

After some controversy regarding which keynote speeches should be included, Justin wins at re:Invent 2021 predictions, thanks to Graviton3.

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ If winning predictions wasn’t enough, Justin snags the lightning round point during this marathon episode, making the scores Justin (17), Ryan (12), Jonathan (13), Peter (1).

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