AWS re:Invent 2015 – Day 1

re:Invent is always an exciting time of the year, when a slew of new features are announced to the pleasure of hundreds or even thousands of customers.

I have been lucky enough to attend the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for the last two years, and the atmosphere there is always buzzing. Unfortunately I was not able to attend this year, but I am lucky enough to work for AWS, and have been getting very excited about the keynotes as they drew closer.

As I wasn’t attending in person but still wanted to follow the keynote, I had signed up for the Keynote Live Streams (you can watch tomorrow’s here). However, having visited the AWS Pop-up Loft in London last week, I decided to watch the keynote from there as I thought it would provide more of an atmosphere – and I wasn’t wrong!

The theme of Andy’s keynote this year is strongly focussed around data – both on getting your data into the cloud, and then doing ‘stuff’ to that data. This is presumably a reflection of the fact that more customers are using AWS for data analytics (aka ‘Big Data’).

Anyway – to the keynote. As always, Andy Jassy (Senior Vice President of AWS) announced a number of new products and services – full details below:

  • Amazon QuickSight – a very fast, cloud-powered business intelligence (BI) service that makes it easy for all employees to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data
  • Amazon Kinesis Firehouse – a new fully managed service for automatic loading of data streams into Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards you’re already using today
  • Amazon Import/Export Snowball – an on-premise device to simplify secure transfer of your data into AWS at very large scale (i.e. tens of hundreds of terabytes plus)
  • RDS for MariaDB – Amazon RDS manages complex and time-consuming administrative tasks such as MariaDB software installation and upgrades, storage management, replication and high availability, and backups for disaster recovery
  • AWS Database Migration Service – a new service that helps you migrate databases to AWS easily and securely, keeping the source database fully operational during the migration in order to minimise downtime to applications that rely on the database
  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool – a new tool to help simply and automate both homogeneous (e.g. Oracle to Oracle) and heterogeneous  (e.g. Oracle to PostgreSQL, or SQL Server to MySQL) database migrations
  • AWS Config Rules – new set of cloud governance capabilities that allow IT Administrators to define guidelines for provisioning and configuring AWS resources and then continuously monitor compliance with those guidelines
  • Amazon Inspector – an automated security assessment service that helps improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS, by automatically assessing applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices

You can watch today’s keynote recording here.

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