AWS Week in Review – December 19, 2022

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We’re halfway between the re:Invent conference and the end of the year holidays, and I expected the cadence of releases and news to slow down a bit, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our teams continue to listen to your feedback and release new features and incremental improvements.

This week many things caught my attention. Here is my summary.

That AWS Pricing Calculator for Amazon EC2 gets a redesign to give you a simplified, consistent and efficient calculator for estimating costs. It also added a way to bulk estimate costs for EC2 instances, EC2 Dedicated Hosts, and Amazon EBS services. Try it for yourself today.

AWS pricing calculator

Amazon CloudWatch Metrics Insights alerts now allows you to trigger alerts on entire fleets of dynamically changing resources (such as auto-scaling EC2 instances) with a single alert using standard SQL queries. For example, you can now write a query like this to collect CPU utilization data across your dynamic fleet of EC2 instances.

SELECT AVG(CPUUtilization) FROM SCHEMA("AWS/EC2", InstanceId)

AWS Amplify is a command-line tool and set of libraries that help you build web and mobile applications connected to a cloud backend. We released the Amplify Library for Android 2.0 with improvements and simplifications for user authentication. The team also released version 5 of the Amplify JavaScript library, with improvements for React and React Native developers, such as a new notification channel, also known as in-app messaging, that developers can use to show contextual messages to their users based on their behavior. The Amplify JavaScript library has also received improvements to reduce overall bundle size and installation size.

Amazon Connect added granular access control based on resource tags to routing profiles, security profiles, users and queues. It also adds bulk import to user hierarchy tags. This allows you to use attribute-based access control policies for Amazon Connect resources.

Amazon RDS Proxy now supports PostgreSQL major version 14. RDS Proxy is a fully managed, highly available database proxy for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) that makes applications more scalable, more resilient to database failures, and more secure. It is typically used by serverless applications that may have a large number of open connections to the database server and may open and close database connections at a high rate, consuming database memory and computer resources.

AWS Gateway Load Balancer endpoints now support IPv6 addresses. You can now send IPv6 traffic through Gateway Load Balancers and its endpoints to distribute traffic flows to dual-stack device targets.

Amazon Location Service now provides Open Data Maps in addition to ESRI and Here maps. I also noticed that Amazon is a core member of the new Overture Maps Foundation, officially hosted by the Linux Foundation. The mission of the Overture Maps Foundation is to drive new map products through openly available datasets that can be used and reused across applications and businesses. The program is run by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Facebook’s parent company Meta, Microsoft and the Dutch map company TomTom.

AWS Mainframe Modernization is a set of managed tools that provide infrastructure and software for migrating, modernizing and running mainframe applications. It is now available in three additional AWS Regions and supports AWS CloudFormation, AWS PrivateLink, AWS Key Management Service.

X in Y. Jeff started this section a while ago to list the expansion of new services and capabilities to additional regions. I’ve noticed 11 regional expansions this week:

Other AWS News
This week I also noticed this AWS news:

Amazon SageMaker turned 5 years old 🎉🎂. You can read the first blog post we published at the time. To celebrate the event, Amazon Science published this article in which AWS Vice President Bratin Saha reflects on the past and future of AWS machine learning tools and AI services.

The security blog published a good post on the Cedar policy language. It explains how Amazon Verified Permissions provides a pre-built, flexible permission system that you can use to build permissions based on both ABAC and RBAC into your applications. Cedar policy language is also at the heart of Amazon Verified Access, which I blogged about during re:Invent.

And just like every week, my most excellent colleague Ricardo published the open source newsletter.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and register for these AWS events:

AWS re: Invent recaps in your area. During re:Invent week we had lots of new announcements and in the coming weeks you can find a summary of all these launches in your area. All events will be posted on this page, so check it regularly to find an event near you.

AWS re: Invent keynotes, executive sessions and breakout sessions are available on demand. I recommend checking out the playlists and finding the lectures on your favorite topics in one collection.

AWS Summits the season will start again in Q2 2023. Dates and locations will be announced here.

Stay informed
That’s my pick for this week! Please note – the week in review will take a short break at the end of the year, but we will return with regular updates from January 9, 2023. To better keep up with all this news, don’t forget to check out the following resources:

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


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