As usual, AWS announced a slew of new services and updates to it’s existing services at reInvent 2018. Here are the most significant ones that I am maintaining a list of. I will be updating the list as more services get announced. Werner Vogels is on stage right now announcing new Serverless services and updates.
Other recaps, Videos and Slides
- AWS re:Invent 2018 Sessions: All sessions at one place, with links to audio, video and slides. There is a podcast feed as well. There is one for 2017 as well, if you did not know already.
- All videos for AWS re:Invent 2018: Running list of videos from the sessions. The current list contains 438 sessions. Courtesy LukasMusebrink.
- A curated list of AWS re:Invent 2018 sessions with video links: Courtesy @oreng
- re:Invent 2018 serverless Announcements: Courtesy serverless.com
- Recap of re:Invent 2018 serverless announcements: Courtesy Tom McLaughlin at ServerlessOps
- How EC2 instances below Lambda work: Great video on Nitro to understand how EC2 instances play a role for Lambda. Check out the slides too. Courtesy Anthony Liquori from AWS
New Language support: Ruby (yes!!!), Cobol, C++, Rust
3rd-party IDE Integrations: PyCharm, IntelliJ, VSCode - full serverless integration, integrated debugging and more…
Custom Runtimes: Bring you own execution environment.
Lambda Layers: reusabiliy of code across serverless functions. no duplicated code anymore. versioning code out of box. Includes security.
Nested applications support for apps in Serverless Application Repository. Package common functionality into modules that can be referenced from other SAM apps.
Step-Functions can now orchestrate with 8 new services: AWS Batch, Fargate, Amazon ECS, Amazon SNS, Amazon SQS, AWS Glue, and Amazon SageMaker.
Websockets support for API Gateway - build real-time two-way communication applications
ALB Support for AWS Lambda
Managed Stream for Kafka: fully managed and higly available Apache Kafka service
AWS Well-Architected Framework
AWS S3 Glacier Deep Archive: a new Amazon S3 storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term data retention and offers the lowest price.
AWS S3 Intelligent-Tiering: a new Amazon S3 storage class designed that optimizes storage costs automatically when data access patterns change, without performance impact or operational overhead.
AWS Control Tower: prescriptive guidance for setting up accounts, IAM policies, security, compliance, multi-account/orgs. etc. It is a set of blueprints and set up guardrails.
AWS Security Hub: manage all security and complaince across AWS environment.
Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights: fully integrated analytics service to analyze and visualize CloudWatch logs.
Amazon Timestream: fully managed time-series database.
Amazon DynamoDB On-demand: a flexible new billing option for DynamoDB capable of serving thousands of requests per second without capacity planning. The on-demand feature is not free-tier eligible though.
Amazon DynamoDB Transactions: transactions support in DynamoDB.
AWS Lake Formation: create secure data lakes using a console.
Amazon QuickSight: full managed per-per-session business intelligence service.
Amazon Managed Blockchain: full managed blockchain infrastructure. create and manage blockchain networks - Hyperledger (available) and Etherium (coming soon) fabric
Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB): fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log, owned by a central trusted authority.
AI & ML Services
Amazon Elastic Inference: GPU-powered deep machine learning inference infrastructure.
Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth: Video labeling and annotations framework for training datasets
AWS Marketplace for Machine Learning: 150 ML algorithms and models that can be used with SageMaker
Amazon SageMaker RL (Reinforcement Learning): Managed Reinforcement Machine Learning algorithms
AWS DeepRacer: Fully autonomous 1/18th race car powered by ML. Work with a virtual track, develop a strategy and then upload to the physical car. AWS DeepRacer League, first global autonomous racing league, open to anyone. Will also have virtual races.
Amazon Textract: OCR++ service to easily extract text data from documents and forms. It can recognize different data formats like SSN, DOB, addresses etc.
Amazon Personalize: Fully managed real-time personalization and recommendations engine/service. They are private models. You feed in activity stream, inventory data, demographics data etc. to Amazon Personalize and you get a personallized recommendations exposed via an API.
Amazon Forecast: Accurate time-series forecasting service. Feed historical data and related casual data and forecasts is exposed over an API.
VMWare Cloud on AWS: Extend and migrate VMWare environments to AWS.
AWS Outposts: Run AWS infrastructure on-premise in your datacenter - AWS VMWare Cloud or AWS Native. That will enable to run AWS software in-premise. It will seamlessly integrate with services on AWS cloud. Installed and optionally maintained by AWS.
Firecracker: an open-source virtualization technology built for managing containers and functions based services.
Now you can build hybrid solutions using VMWare Cloud on AWS and AWS Outposts.
AWS Amplify Console: a continuous deployment and hosting service for modern web applications with serverless backends.
AWS Transfer for SFTP: Fully managed SFTP service.
In the News
- Automatic Cost Optimization for Amazon S3 via Intelligent Tiering
- Amazon Elastic Inference – GPU-Powered Deep Learning Inference Acceleration
- Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth – Build Highly Accurate Datasets and Reduce Labeling Costs by up to 70%
- Amazon SageMaker RL – Managed Reinforcement Learning
- Amazon Personalize – Real-Time Personalization and Recommendation for Everyone
- Amazon Forecast – Time Series Forecasting Made Easy
- Amazon DynamoDB On-Demand – No Capacity Planning and Pay-Per-Request Pricing
- New for AWS Lambda – Use Any Programming Language and Share Common Components
- New – Compute, Database, Messaging, Analytics, and Machine Learning Integration for AWS Step Functions