Re:invent 2018 recap
The end of the year marks the start of both the holiday season and the largest AWS event we at inQdo have all been looking forward to.. AWS re:Invent in fabulous Las Vegas, USA.
This year’s edition was bigger than ever. With over 50.000 attendees joining us from all over the world. Eager to get the latest news on AWS, meet with friends, peers and check out the huge amount of partner- , technical and other AWS related sessions and keynotes throughout the different venues located on the Las Vegas strip.
Our visit to re:Invent 2018
Never one to skip any AWS related event, inQdo was present again and represented by a team of four: Peter, Sander, Tom and Dennes.
Freshly flown in with fully booked agendas they attended a week long of all kinds of sessions, presentations, meetups and workshops to provide both our colleagues and you as our customers with all there is to learn about the latest and greatest AWS related news, services and innovations.
Before we start with a quick rundown of the more interesting newly introduced services, please check out these links for an overview of all the sessions slides and recorded videos:
Slideshare from all re:Invent presentations and sessions: https://www.slideshare.net/AmazonWebServices/tagged/AWS
Youtube recordings of all re:Invent presentations and keynotes: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmazonWebServices/videos
And an overview of all new services:
The presented services can be commonly divided into the following categories:
Newly introduced EC2 instances based on AMD chipsets (am1 instances), the ability to hibernate instances as opposed to shutting them down, p3dn instances for HPC and C5n instances with improved networking are just some of the things that make AWS the innovative platform of choice.
Announcements that RDS (AWS’ managed Relational Database services) will be available on the VMware platform preceeded re:Invent, allowing for some nice hybrid cloud integration.Other mentions of note are the new Amazon Timestream time series database service, specifically addressing the need to store IoT/sensor logging and event data, and updates to Aurora and DynamoDB, making them more and more serverless and automatically scaling based on demand.
- Machine Learning
ML got a huge number of new features and services, though most were eclipsed by the launch of the AWS DeepRacer ML robot car, which was handed out for free if you got into one of the RoboCar technical sessions at re:Invent. Sadly none of the inQdo attendees managed to snatch one of the much coveted seats in those sessions and had to make do with watching them race from a distance.We’ll get back to you on this later, as every office surely needs a Machine Learning robot pet to roam around the premises!Of course there were also lots of actually useful ML announcements, likeSageMaker Ground Truth, an automatic labeling service for ML datasets. Forecast and Personalize, based on Amazon.com’s own shopping forecasts and personalizations.Elastic Inference, a ML accelerated compute service, with specific GPU-accelerated EC2 instances based on AWS designed chipsets.Another service worth mentioning is Textract, a fully managed OCR service, that does not only do basic OCR, but uses Machine Learning to automatically detect and extract information stored in tables and forms.
With 2018 being the year of Blockchain, AWS couldn’t let it pass without introducing it’s own Blockchain related services.Amazon managed Blockchain, a Blockchain-as-a-service platform and Amazon Quantum Ledger, which is a fully managed, purpose built ledger database providing an immutable and cryptographically verifiable history of all changes made to your application’s data.
- Hybrid Cloud
Reaffirming its partnership with VMware, AWS introduced a host of hybrid/on-premises service, to simplify operation of AWS services outside of the cloud.AWS Outpost brings the full spectrum of AWS services to local data centers by providing the hardware and services to realise this.
Lambda introduces eagerly awaited services like Lambda Layers, allowing you to re-use common code and functions. Lambda as a target for Load Balancers and its newly introduced support for just about any programming language available, addressing the previous limitation of only a few languagues supported. By allowing custom runtimes Lambda developers will be greatly enhanced in their platform choice.
The AWS Transit Gateway is a managed service that can be used to replace the much used 3rd party Transit Gateway Appliances and solutions, required to access multiple AWS accounts through one single VPN connection to an existing on-premises environment.
Things of note are the new FSx for Windows Filer Server, managed Windows filesystem, additional S3 services, a new SFTP service for S3, additional CloudWatch features and account management, overview and security features like AWS Control Tower and Security Hub.Possible licensing tracking issues can be addressed using the new AWS License Manager service, allowing you to track license usage from vendors like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft.
These are most of the services introduced in the keynotes by Andy Jassy (CTO AWS) and Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon), with a special mention of Werner introducing some cheeky Oracle bashing as apparently the amazon.com website has finally been moved from Oracle to it’s own DynamoDB database platform.
Benelux Drinks @ The Rockhouse / The Venetian
Finally – as proud sponsors – we would like to thank all attendees and co-hosts/sponsors of the Benelux Drinks party, hosted at The Rockhouse / The Venetian. The ‘traditional’ yearly get-together of Benelux based AWS partners.
Hope you’ll all come and join us next year!
The AWS Team @ inQdo