Last Week’s Launches
I made a short trip to Austin, Texas last week in order to visit and learn from some customers. As is always the case, the days when I was traveling were filled with AWS launches; here’s my recap of a few that caught my eye:
R6id Instances – In her first post for the AWS News Blog, Senior Developer Advocate Veliswa Boya wrote about the new R6id instances. These are a variant of our sixth generation of x86-based R6i instances, and feature up to 7.6 TB of NVMe Local Instance Storage. Powered by 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) processors, the instances offer higher compute performance, a new larger size (.32xlarge), always-on memory encryption, and double the EBS and network performance as the previous generation. The instances are available now in four AWS Regions.
AWS MGN Post-Launch Actions –AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN) helps you to migrate your existing servers to AWS, with automation that can handle a wide variety of applications. We launched a set of optional post-migration actions to provide additional support for your migration and modernization efforts. The initial set of actions install the AWS Systems Manager agent, install the AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery Service Agent, migrate from CentOS to Rocky Linux, and convert SUSE Linux subscriptions to AWS-provided subscriptions. You can read my blog post to learn more.
Mainframe Modernization Service – This new service helps you to modernize your mainframe applications and to deploy them to AWS fully-managed runtime environments. As Seb notes in his post, Modernize Your Mainframe Applications & Deploy Them In The Cloud, the application modernization journey is composed of four phases: assessing the situation, mobilizing the project, migrating & modernizing, and operating & optimizing. The Mainframe Modernization Service provides assistance during each phase, and you can review each one in the blog post.
Amazon Aurora – We made multiple Amazon Aurora announcements (all for the PostgreSQL-compatible edition) including support for the Large Objects (LO) module, zero-downtime patching (ZDP), support for bug-fix versions 13.7, 12.11, 11.16, and 10.21, and updates to the pglogical and wal2json extensions.
Amazon SageMaker – There were also multiple announcements related to Amazon SageMaker and Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler including the ability to split data into train and test sets with a few clicks, Data Wrangler support for model training with Amazon SageMaker Autopilot & the power to export features to Amazon SageMaker Feature Store, new interactive product tours & sample data sets for Amazon SageMaker Canvas, provisioning and management of ML models with CloudFormation templates, and Amazon SageMaker Experiments support for common chart types.
Other AWS News
Here are some other updates that caught my eye last week:
Open Source News – My colleague Ricardo Sueiras published installment #116 of his AWS Open Source News and Updates. He’s got the latest and greatest on tools for Lambda, Lambda@Edge, CDK, schema management, EMR, and a whole lot more!
aws-prod-infrastructure is an open source tool that generates Terraform code from an AWS production account. Terragen does the same thing, with pricing plans for hobbyists (free), professionals, and enterprises.
resoto creates an inventory of your cloud, provides deep visibility, and reacts to changes in your infrastructure.
green-boost from AWS Labs helps you to quickly build full stack serverless web apps on AWS.
Upcoming AWS Events
Here are some events that may be of interest to you:
AWS Summits (June & July) – AWS Summits will take place in-person in June (Toronto and Milan) and July (New York), with more cities on the list for later in the year.
And that’s all for this week!