Post AWS re:Invent 2018 Announcements


AWS re:Invent 2018 is now over.  There were 50,000 people who attended. That’s a 40% increase from last year’s 35,000 attendees. I was not able to attend, but I tried to highlight some of the key releases I found interesting. If you want to look at the full list, check out this list here.


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  • Firecracker to me sounds like a combination of the VMs running a serverless platform like Lambda, inside a VM. I have no idea. But I saw a lot of buzz on Twitter about it. I think the one thing I liked about this announcement, wasn’t the technical tool itself, but AWS was releasing it as Open Source. I don’t see a lot of Open Source projects at this scale from AWS and I was happy to see that.

New EC2 Instance powered by ARM

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  • New EC2 instances that are powered by ARM processors.  Seems like everyone wants to get in on the ARM processor market and AWS doesn’t want to miss out.  There’s a new instance class called A1.  There are five different instances, each with a different number of vCPUs and RAM. The more power you need, the higher the price.

Transit Gateway

  • Session
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  • Before the release, architects would create a Transit VPC which would connect multiple VPCs and form a hub and spoke model.  This transit VPC would allow companies to have one central focal point and in theory simply the management of the network. In this Transit VPC are instances that administrators must manage and maintain. Transit Gateway turns the Transit VPC into more a “service”. Click on the video to get great in-depth detail.

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

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  • I found this interesting because there are older Windows applications written out there that require access to an SMB share or have NTFS required permissions. Moving these types of applications into AWS wasn’t an option, until now.  This new service provides native SMB, NTFS, DFS, and Active Directory integration. A lot of checkboxes to help move out that application.

AWS Outposts

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  • AWS Outposts is AWS attempt at hybrid cloud. You can go into your account and order one of these outposts and it will be shipped to your location where you will rack and stack it. This server can be fully managed by AWS and will show up in your console like any other instance. The problem solved is to get an AWS instance closer to your application. The customer has two options with the Outpost. Send a server with VMware running on it or native AWS. Outposts sound a lot like Snowball Edge. Each can run EC2 instances with storage, but this service can be fully managed and has the option to run VMware underneath. Maybe this is another step to grow the relationship between AWS and VMware. Outposts will not be available until the second half of 2019.

AWS Well-Architected Tool

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  • AWS published a Well-Architected framework where it outlines five key areas of focus for architects to follow to provide the best possible solution. It was up to the architect to read and follow these key areas and the process was manual. If you reviewed multiple AWS accounts each year it felt like you were re-creating the wheel each time. Now there’s a tool!  The AWS Well-Architected tool is launched from the AWS account and reviews the workloads in the account. You will be asked what the workloads are used for based off of the five key areas. After the questionnaire, the tool will recommend the next steps to help improve the environment.

AWS re:Invent is like Christmas for Geeks. Maybe that’s why they do it so close to the holidays. These are just a few of the announcements that I saw that I found interesting and that I know anything about. I saw a few announcements around DynamoDB and other developer relate announcements, but I just don’t live in those worlds. If there’s something that you liked, leave a comment and let me know.


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