AWS re:Invent in Review - Part 3

February 2, 2021

Amazon re:Invent Week 3 was packed with updates as expected. From launching brand-new services to improving popular services, Amazon ensured that the cloud computing event lives up to its name.

Week 3 AWS re:Invent Coverage

AWS CloudShell

CloudShell is a browser-based Shell available from your AWSManagement Console. A CloudShell session will give customers immediate accessto an Amazon Linux 2 environment with the AWS CLI pre-installed andpre-authenticated using the same credentials you used to login to the console. Itallows you to securely manage, explore, and interact with your AWS resourcesfrom any location as long as you have access to a compatible browser and can accessyour AWS Management Console.

Amazon Managed Service forPrometheus (AMP)

A new Prometheus-compatible monitoring service from AWS aimsto simplify monitoring containers running on Amazon EKS and ECS and hybridenvironments. With AMP, you can use the open-source Prometheus Query Language(PromQL) to monitor containerized workload performance without dealing with theunderlying infrastructure. The new fully managed service automatically scalesingestion, storage, and querying of operational metrics and is also integratedwith AWS security services for fast but secure access to data. AMP has beenintegrated with the following services: Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS),Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), and AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry.  

Amazon Managed Service forGrafana

You can soon offload the operational management of Grafana,an open-source analytics and interactive visualization application, to Amazon withAmazon Managed Service for Grafana. It was announced as a preview during AWSre:Invent. You can use the powerful data visualizations that Grafana is knownfor with a few simple clicks, without worrying about software or underlyinginfrastructure. The new managed service automatically scales compute anddatabase resources as needed. This service also connects to the newly announcedAmazon Managed Service for Prometheus (above), self-managed Prometheus, AmazonCloudWatch, and many other popular data sources.

AWSCost Anomaly Detection

AWS introduced AWS Cost Anomaly Detection to reduce surprisecost surges and enhance control every user has on their spending. It usesMachine Learning to identify any anomalous spend and identify the root cause soyou can take quick action. You can leverage AWS Cost Anomaly Detection via theAWS Cost Explorer API or within the Cost Management Console.  

AWSSystems Manager Fleet Manager

Fleet Manager is a new console-based experience in AWSSystems Manager that enables system admins to view and administer their fleetsof managed instances in an OS-agnostic manner. The new experience promises toeliminate the need of relying on SSH or RDP to manage fleets. Using it, systemsadmins will be able to manage your fleet, including operations like file systemexploration, log management, Windows Registry operations, performance counters,and user management.  

AWS Service Improvements

AWS re:Invent’s Week 3 also saw announcements related toimproving current AWS services, spanning things like support for additional frameworks,applications, etc.

  • AWSLaunch Wizard Now Supports SAP Software Installation: AWS LaunchWizard is a service that guides the sizing, configuration, and deployment ofAWS resources for third-party applications. It now supports SAP applicationsoftware installation as part of the deployment process with support for SAPNetWeaver on HANA, SAP S/4HAHA, and SAP BW/4HANA.
  • EthereumSupport for Amazon Managed Blockchain: Amazon Managed Blockchainsimplifies joining public networks or creating and managing scalable privatenetworks. It now also supports Ethereum, in addition to Hyperledger Fabric, apopular decentralized blockchain platform that establishes a peer-to-peernetwork that allows transactions without a trusted central authority. AmazonManaged Blockchain will automatically scale storage, monitor node health,replace unhealthy nodes, and automate Ethereum software upgrades to ensure betterinfrastructure availability.
  • FirstAWS Wavelength Zone in Tokyo, Japan: AWS announced the generalavailability of AWS Wavelength on KDDI’s 5G network in Japan. The service willnow allow developers to build ultra-low latency or high bandwidth mobile applicationsfor 5G devices in Japan for the very first time. Wavelength Zones are AWSinfrastructure deployments that embed AWS compute and storage services withincommunications service providers’ data centers at the edge of any supported 5Gnetwork. The service minimizes latency and network hops between a mobile deviceand an application hosted on AWS.
  • AWSLambda Adds Support for Self-Managed Apache Kafka Clusters: AWSLambda now allows you to onboard non-AWS hosted Apache Kafka clusters (orAWS-hosted Kafka clusters on another service) as an event source. Until now,Lambda only supported Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka (Amazon MSK). However,with this feature update, customers can build applications triggered by Kafkaclusters they manage as long as Lambda can access it via public IP or an AmazonVPC endpoint.
  • AmazonSidewalk Integration for AWS IoT Core: Device manufacturers can quicklyonboard their Sidewalk device fleet to AWS, thanks to Sidewalk’s newly-announcedintegration with AWS IoT Core. Sidewalk is a shared network that helps deviceslike Echo devices, Ring Security Cams, and smart lighting work better at homeand beyond. Meanwhile, IoT core lets you connect IoT devices to the AWS cloudwithout provisioning or managing servers.

Now that we’ve gone over the most significant announcementsfrom AWS re:Invent 2020, it’s time for you to start delving into details. Businessesshould start with the following:

  • Quickly look over these changes. You can use ourWeek 1 and Week 2 coverage to glean what’s new.
  • Identify the new services or integrations thatwould save you considerable time/money/effort for your use-cases.
  • Initiate a deep dive into relevant services tounderstand how to go about leveraging them.

If you’re not 100% sure how these new announcements will impact you, or need assistance decoding what they mean for your company, you can always get in touch with Egen for help!


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