Announcements from Andy Jassy Keynote at re:Invent 2020

Tips for building a culture to reinvent

1. The leadership will to invent and reinvent

2. Acknowledgement that you can’t fight gravity

3. Talent that’s hungry to invent

4. Solving real customer problems with builders

5. Speed

6. Don’t “comlexify”

7. Use the platform with the broadest and deepest set of tools

8. Pull everything together with aggressive top-down goals

Amazon EC2 D3 and D3en — New storage optimized instances, ideal fit for workloads including distributed / clustered file systems, big data and analytics, and high capacity data lakes

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-amazon-ec2-d3-and-d3en-the-next-generation-of-dense-hdd-storage-instances

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/ec2-update-d3-d3en-dense-storage-instances

Amazon EC2 Mac instances for macOS — Build & Test macOS, iOS, ipadOS, tvOS, and watchOS Apps

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/11/announcing-amazon-ec2-mac-instances-for-macos

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-use-mac-instances-to-build-test-macos-ios-ipados-tvos-and-watchos-apps

EC2 C6gn Instances — 100 Gbps Networking with AWS Graviton2 Processors (Coming soon)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/coming-soon-ec2-c6gn-instances-100-gbps-networking-with-aws-graviton2-processors

Amazon EC2 instances powered by Habana Gaudi — specifically designed for training deep learning models

https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/habana-gaudi

AWS Trainium — custom machine learning (ML) chip designed by AWS that provides the best price performance for training ML models in the cloud

https://aws.amazon.com/machine-learning/trainium

Amazon ECS Anywhere — Ability to run ECS clusters on-premise

https://pages.awscloud.com/AmazonECSAnywherePreview.html

Amazon EKS Anywhere (coming in 2021) — Ability to run EKS clusters on-premise

https://aws.amazon.com/eks/eks-anywhere

AWS Lambda Container Image Support — package and deploy AWS Lambda functions as a container image of up to 10 GB

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-for-aws-lambda-container-image-support

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/aws-lambda-now-supports-container-images-as-a-packaging-format

AWS Proton — Automated management for container and serverless deployments

https://aws.amazon.com/proton

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/preview-aws-proton-automated-management-for-container-and-serverless-deployments

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/amazon-web-services-announces-aws-proton

Amazon EBS general purpose volumes gp3 — next-generation general purpose SSD volumes for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) that enable customers to provision performance independent of storage capacity and provides up to 20% lower price-point per GB than existing gp2 volumes

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-new-amazon-ebs-general-purpose-volumes-gp3

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-ebs-gp3-volume-lets-you-provision-performance-separate-from-capacity-and-offers-20-lower-price

io2 Block Express volumes — next generation of Amazon EBS storage server architecture purpose-built to deliver the highest levels of performance with sub-millisecond latency

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/aws-quadruples-per-volume-maximum-capacity-and-performance-on-io2-volumes-in-preview

Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 — provides the ability to scale database workloads to hundreds of thousands of transactions in a fraction of a second. Instead of doubling capacity every time a workload needs to scale, it adjusts capacity in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount of database resources for an application’s needs

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-the-next-version-of-amazon-aurora-serverless-in-preview

Babelfish for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL — a SQL Server-compatible end-point for PostgreSQL to make PostgreSQL fluent in understanding communication from apps written for SQL Server

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/babelfish-amazon-aurora-postgresql-available-preview

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/want-more-postgresql-you-just-might-like-babelfish

AWS Glue Elastic Views — makes it easy to build materialized views that combine and replicate data across multiple data stores without you having to write custom code

https://aws.amazon.com/glue/features/elastic-views

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/announcing-aws-glue-elastic-view-preview

Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler — prepare data for machine learning

https://aws.amazon.com/sagemaker/data-wrangler

Amazon SageMaker Feature Store — A fully managed repository for machine learning features

https://aws.amazon.com/sagemaker/feature-store

Amazon SageMaker Pipelines — CI/CD service for machine learning

https://aws.amazon.com/sagemaker/pipelines

Amazon DevOps Guru — ML-powered cloud operations service to improve application availability

https://aws.amazon.com/devops-guru

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-devops-guru-machine-learning-powered-service-identifies-application-errors-and-fixes

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/aws-announces-amazon-devops-guru-in-preview-an-ml-powered-cloud-operations-service-to-improve-application-availability-for-aws-workloads

Amazon QuickSight Q — Answers Natural-Language Questions About Business Data

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-amazon-quicksight-q

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-quicksight-q-to-answer-ad-hoc-business-questions

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/amazon-quicksight-2020-in-review

Amazon Connect Wisdom — provides contact center agents the information they need to quickly solve customer issues

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/amazon-connect-wisdom-provides-contact-center-agents-information-solve-customer-issues-preview

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-connect-smarter-and-more-integrated

Amazon Connect Customer Profiles — a unified view of your customers to provide more personalized service

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/amazon-connect-customer-profiles-for-unified-view-of-your-customers

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/contact-center/amazon-connect-customer-profiles

Real-Time Contact Lens for Amazon Connect — analytics to detect customer issues on live calls

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/contact-lens-amazon-connect-launches-real-time-contact-center-analytics

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/contact-center/contact-lens-real-time

Amazon Connect Tasks — makes it easy to prioritize, assign, track, and automate contact center agent tasks

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/amazon-connect-tasks-prioritize-assign-track-automate-contact-center-agent-tasks

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/contact-center/amazon-connect-tasks

Amazon Connect Voice ID — Machine learning-based caller authentication

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/contact-center/amazon-connect-voice-id

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-connect-smarter-and-more-integrated

Amazon Monitron — Detect abnormal machine behavior and enable predictive maintenance

https://aws.amazon.com/monitron

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-amazon-monitron

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-monitron-a-simple-cost-effective-service-enabling-predictive-maintenance

Amazon Lookout for Equipment — Detect abnormal equipment behavior by analyzing sensor data

https://aws.amazon.com/lookout-for-equipment

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-lookout-for-equipment-analyzes-sensor-data-to-help-detect-equipment-failure

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/announcing-amazon-lookout-for-equipment-a-service-which-detects-abnormal-equipment-behavior-and-enable-predictive-maintenance

AWS Panorama Appliance –a machine learning appliance that allows you to deploy CV applications to the edge when low latency and data privacy are required, and internet bandwidth is limited

https://aws.amazon.com/panorama/appliance

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/using-computer-vision-applications-at-the-edge

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/12/introducing-aws-panorama-for-computer-vision-at-the-edge

AWS Panorama Device SDK — powers the recently announced AWS Panorama Appliance

https://aws.amazon.com/panorama/panorama-device-sdk

AWS Outposts 1U and 2U form factors — rack-mountable servers that will provide local compute and networking services to edge locations that have limited space or smaller capacity requirements

https://aws.amazon.com/outposts/1u-2u

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