AWS Week In Review – July 18, 2022

Last week, AWS Summit New York was held in person at the Javits Center with thousands of attendees and over 100 sponsors and partners. During the keynote, Martin Beeby, AWS Principal Developer Advocate, talked about how innovations in cloud infrastructure enable customers to adapt to challenges and seize new opportunities. It included Liz Fong-Jones‘s great migration story of AWS Graviton in Honeycomb and Elliott Cordo‘s story of improving pharmacy experiences using AWS analytics and machine learning services in Capsule.

Watch the full keynote video!

A Recap of AWS Summit NY Announcements
During the keynote, we announced the general availability of some new services:

Amazon Redshift Serverless – This serverless option lets you analyze data at any scale without having to manage data warehouse infrastructure. You can now create multiple serverless endpoints per AWS account and Region using namespaces and workgroups and enjoy reducing serverless compute costs compared to the preview. To learn more, check out Danilio’s blog post, this demo video, and the latest episode of The Official AWS Podcast. We also introduced new features of row-level security (RLS), which implement fine-grained access to the rows in tables, and automated materialized view to lower query latency for repeatable workloads.

AWS Cloud WAN – This new network service makes it easy to build and operate wide area networks (WAN) that connect your data centers and branch offices, as well as multiple VPCs in multiple AWS Regions. To learn more, read Seb’s blog post.

Amazon DevOps Guru’s Log Anomaly Detection and Recommendations – This new feature identifies anomalies such as increased latency, error rates, and resource constraints within your app and then sends alerts with a description and actionable recommendations for remediation. To learn more, see Donnie’s blog post as a new News Blog writer.

Last Week’s Launches
Here are some other launches that caught my attention last week:

AWS AppConfig, a feature of AWS Systems Manager, makes it easy for customers to quickly and safely configure, validate, and deploy feature flags and application configuration. Now, we have announced AWS AppConfig Extensions, a new capability that allows customers to enhance and extend the capabilities of feature flags and dynamic runtime configuration data.

Available extensions at launch include AppConfig Notification extensions that push messages about configuration updates to Amazon EventBridge, Amazon SNS, Amazon SQS, or a Jira extension to track Feature Flag changes in AppConfig as Atlassian’s Jira issues. To get started, read Announcing AWS AppConfig Extensions and AppConfig Extensions.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs for Transit Gateway is a new capability that allows customers to gain deeper visibility and insights into network traffic on AWS Transit Gateway. With this feature, Transit Gateway can export detailed information, such as source/destination IPs, ports, protocols, traffic counters, timestamps, and various metadata for all of the network flow traversing through the Transit Gateway. To learn more, read Introducing VPC Flow Logs for AWS Transit Gateway and Logging network traffic using Transit Gateway Flow Logs.

AWS Lambda Powertools for TypeScript is an open-source developer library that can help you incorporate Well-Architected Serverless best practices focusing on three observability features: distributed tracing (Tracer), structured logging (Logger), and asynchronous business and application metrics (Metrics). Powertools is also available in the Python and Java programming languages. To learn more, see the blog post Simplifying serverless best practices with AWS Lambda Powertools for TypeScript. You can submit feedback, ideas, and issues directly on our GitHub project.

AWS re:Post is a vibrant Q&A community that helps you become even more successful on AWS. You can now add a profile picture or avatar to your account and add inline images such as diagrams or screenshots to support your questions or answers. Add your profile picture and start using inline images today!

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Here are some news, blog posts, and video series for you to know:

In July 2021, we notified users about the end of support for Internet Explorer 11, which is now approaching on July 31, 2022. The browser will no longer be supported in the AWS Management Console, web-based services such as Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Chime, Amazon Honeycode, and some other AWS websites. After that date, we can no longer guarantee that the features and webpages will function properly on IE 11. For more information, please visit AWS Supported Browsers.

In fall 2021, we began offering a free multi-factor authentication (MFA) security key to AWS account owners in the United States. Now eligible customers can order the free MFA security key through the ordering portal in the AWS Management Console. At this time, only U.S.-based AWS account root users who have spent more than $100 each month over the past 3 months are eligible to place an order. For more information, see our Free MFA Security Key page.

Amazon’s Machine Learning University expands with MLU Explains, a public website containing visual essays that incorporate fun animations and scrollytelling to explain machine learning concepts in an accessible manner. The following animation teaches the concepts of data splitting in machine learning using an example model that attempts to determine whether animals are cats or dogs. To learn more, read the Amazon Science blog post.

This is My Architecture is a video series that showcases innovative architectural solutions on the AWS Cloud by customers and partners. In June and July, over 15 episodes were updated, including GoDaddy, Riot Games, and Hudl. Each episode examines the most interesting and technically creative elements of each cloud architecture.

Upcoming AWS Events in August
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:

AWS SummitRegistration is open for upcoming in-person AWS Summits that might be close to you in August: Sao Paulo (August 3–4), Anaheim (August 18), Taiwan (August 10–11), Chicago (August 28), and Canberra (August 31).

AWS Innovate – Data Edition – On August 23, learn how a modern data strategy can support your present and future use cases, including steps to build an end-to-end data solution to store and access, analyze and visualize, and even predict.

AWS Innovate – For Every Application Edition – On August 25, learn about a wide selection of AWS solutions across compute, storage, networking, hybrid, and edge infrastructure to help you scale application resources seamlessly and optimally.

Although these two Innovate events will be held in Asia Pacific and Japan time zones, you can view on-demand videos for two months following your registration.

If you’re interested in learning modern development practices live in New York City, I recommend joining AWS Solutions Day on August 10. I love advanced topics to focus on building new web apps with Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, and GraphQL.

If you’re interested in learning AWS fundamentals and preparing for AWS Certifications, there are several virtual events in August, such as AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials Day, AWS Technical Essentials Day, and Exam Readiness for AWS Certificates.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Week in Review!

— Channy

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

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