Day 2 of AWS re:Invent 2019 kicked off with the Las Vegas strip turning into a parking lot as many attendees spent upwards of an hour getting from their hotels to the Sands Expo Convention Center at the Venetian. The increase in attendance this year to almost 65,000 attendees is obvious!
Once you navigated the traffic and arrived at the convention, the highlight of the day was AWS CEO, Andy Jassy’s, Keynote address.
Jassy began with emphasizing that many companies are still trying to make the cloud transformation and struggle or get stuck in the process. According to Jassy, in order for a company to make a successful transformation to the cloud, it must have four things:
- Senior leadership conviction and alignment
- Top-down aggressive goals
- Training for its builders
- Refusal to let paralysis stop you before you start
As is typical of his keynote, today’s was filled with announcements of new features on AWS, largely geared for the Enterprise. We captured 22 new features in all:
The first announcement was of AWS’ new in-house developed Graviton 2 chip EC2 instances capable of delivering 40% better price for performance.
Other features announced were:
AWS Compute Optimizer, a new machine learning-based recommendation service that makes it easy for you to ensure that you are using optimal AWS Compute resources
The ability to run Kubernetes pods on AWS Fargate using Amazon EKS. There’s no need to provision or manage infrastructure, and you pay for resources at pod-level with secure pod-level isolation by design
Amazon S3 Access Points, a new S3 feature that simplifies managing data access at scale for shared data sets on Amazon S3.
AQUA (the Advanced Query Accelerator) for Amazon Redshift, a hardware-accelerated cache that promises up to 10x better query performance than competing cloud-based data warehouses
Amazon Redshift Federated Query that allows you to query and analyze data across operational databases, data warehouses, and data lakes.
Amazon Redshift RA3 Instances with Managed Storage that allows you to size your cluster based only on your compute needs.
UltraWarm, which lets you store and interactively analyze your data using Elasticsearch and Kibana
Amazon Managed Cassandra Service, thate nables you to run your Cassandra workloads in the AWS Cloud using the same Cassandra application code
Amazon Sagemaker received a ton of love during the keynote with several significant announcements:
Amazon Sagemaker Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for machine learning (ML) that lets you easily build, train, debug, deploy and monitor your machine learning models.
Amazon Sagemaker Experiments lets you organize, track, and compare your machine learning training experiments on Amazon Sagemaker.
Amazon Sagemaker Notebooks allows developers to spin up machine learning notebooks in seconds.
Amazon Sagemaker Debugger is a new capability that provides complete insights into the training process of machine learning models.
Amazon Sagemaker Model Maker detects concept drift by monitoring models deployed to production, automatically.
With Amazon Sagemaker Autopilot, Amazon SageMaker can use your tabular data and the target column you specify to automatically train and tune your model, while providing full visibility into the process.
Still more announcements included:
Amazon CodeGuru performs automated code reviews for development teams.
Amazon Kendra is a new enterprise search powered by machine learning and natural language.
AWS Local Zones place compute, storage and database services close to large cities, beginning with Los Angeles.
Amazon Fraud Detector is a fully managed service to easily identify potentially fraudulent online activities such as online payment fraud and the creation of fake accounts.
Amazon Detective makes it easy to analyze, investigate, and quickly identify the root cause of potential security issues or suspicious activities.
AWS Wavelength provides seamless access to the breadth of AWS services by embedding AWS compute and storage services at the edge of telecommunications providers’ 5G networks.
And the announcement I a most excited about – the GA launch of AWS Outposts. Outposts brings AWS public cloud functionality to your on-premises data center. For clients that have struggled with full cloud adoption for various reasons, such as regulatory concerns, data sovereignty, physical security concerns, latency issues, migration issues, etc., Outposts addresses all of these concerns. The other reason I am extremely excited about Outposts is because 2nd Watch is one of AWS’ Outpost launch partners able to help you explore this option today!
That wrapped the Keynote highlights for Tuesday and leaves us looking forward to Amazon.com CTO, Dr. Werner Vogels’, Keynote on Wednesday along with the 2nd Watch After Party. See you there!
-Dusty Simoni, Sr. Product Manager