The first week of December, came with the biggest cloud event of the year – AWS re:Invent 2019. This was AWS’s 8th annual event with more than 65,000 attendees, making it the Brobdingnagian (meaning “gigantic,” to put the entire event into words, we needed a word like this) than ever. The highlights of this gigantic event are always keynote sessions. So, for obvious reasons, you can’t miss the keynote announcements from AWS re:Invent 2019.
Most awaited keynote at AWS re:Invent 2019
Three hours, 20 announcements – that’s just AWS re:Invent’s second-day keynote by Andy Jassy.
Andy Jassy, CEO at Amazon Web Services, has always been at the core of AWS. His leadership has brought AWS to a position that cloud and AWS are now synonymous. The attendees were also waiting for the CEO to take the stage to bring all the major announcements.
Andy Jassy’s keynote featured plenty of news about new cloud products, services, and also music. The live band played a range of music to take the excitement of the conference on a higher note.
CMI has already covered the Top 7 key announcements from AWS re:Invent 2019 that made headlines. In this article, we are covering all the Andy Jassy’s keynote announcements at AWS re:Invent 2019, on the second day of the conference.
AWS’s first priority still remains innovating instances
1. M6g, R6g, and C6g Instances for EC2
AWS announced the new instances M6g, R6g, and C6g for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). AWS’s innovation for new instances relied heavily on ARM-based Graviton2 processors. Users can get 40% better price-performance than first-generation Graviton processors.
2. Inf1 Instances for EC2
AWS, as an organization, has always promoted infrastructure as a way to execute advanced processes like Machine Learning. Andy Jassy announced Inf1 instances for EC2, powered by AWS inferential chips, which will support machine learning inference applications.
Users can get the highest throughput using Inf1 instances and lower cost-per-inference instances in the cloud.
3. AWS Fargate for Amazon EKS
Andy Jassy said over 85% of Kubernetes runs on AWS.
For a fact, Fargate is the only compute engine that allows users to focus on managing containers without having to worry about provisioning and managing servers. Now, Kubernetes customers have access to all of the benefits of running containers in AWS based on the serverless technology of Fargate.
AWS announced a spectrum of data & storage services to tackle big data
Big data has reached every industry. Andy Jassy pointed out how organizations need to bring transformations in the world of big data. Regardless of the industry and the complexity of your cloud infrastructure, AWS has almost everything to offer. As one of the first players in the 21st-century cloud industry, AWS has inherited and built an in-depth set of services.
4. AWS S3 Access Points
Andy Jassy announced the general availability of Amazon S3 Access Points. It simplifies managing data access at scale for applications using shared data set on S3. Users can easily customize access permission rules for each of their applications and create hundreds of access points on a single bucket.
5. AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) for Amazon Redshift
Amazon Redshift is one of the most popular services offered by AWS. Now, AQUA enhances all the capabilities of Redshift.
AQUA is an innovative new hardware-accelerated cache that delivers up to 10X better query performance than other cloud data warehouse. It will be available in 2020.
We all know storage in cloud is one of the best ways to handle and access your data at different locations easily and with low latency. But the major problem is the cost. Storing data is expensive at scale, which often prevents a user to use a spectrum of services to analyze that stored data.
UltraWarm solves all these problems by reducing costs by 90% to store the same amount of data. Users can scale up to 3 petabytes of log data per cluster and analyze years of operational data.
7. Amazon Managed (Apache) Cassandra Service
Andy Jassy pointed out that a large number of customers are using Cassandra service but facing the issues when it comes to scalability. Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service is operating Cassandra at scale. It prevents the need to any cluster and at the same time offers single-digit millisecond performance at any scale.
Amazon Managed (Apache) Cassandra Service is integrated with Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon VPC, and AWS Key Management Services.
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Deploying AWS into on-premise server rooms, in metro cities and making 5G a reality
8. AWS Outposts
Last year, AWS Outposts was one of the biggest announcements. These are the ready-made physical hardware racks used in AWS data centers ready to deploy at any edge location. Andy Jassy announced that AWS Outposts is generally available now being served in preview mode for the past one year.
9. AWS Local Zones
A new type of AWS infrastructure deployment will deliver single-digit millisecond latency to the end-users by placing compute, storage, and database services close to metro areas. At present, AWS Local Zones has general availability only in Los Angeles.
10. AWS Wavelength
5G technology promises to change everything in terms of speed – the fastest. AWS partnered with various telecom providers, the most prominent one among them is Verizon. AWS Wavelength delivers single-digit latency to mobile devices and users with AWS compute and storage at the edge of the 5G networks.
Organizations have incorporated Machine Learning models in their modern-day software and applications. AWS makes it easy for all such organizations to run M/L models by offering all the major frameworks, i.e., TensorFlow, PyTorch, and mxnet. Over 50+ capabilities added to SageMaker, in the past year alone, are not still enough for customers to gain visibility into their ML models. Andy Jassy announced the following additions to SageMaker to improve the overall performance of running machine learning models on AWS infrastructure.
It is a first web-based fully integrated development environment for machine learning workflows. It allows developers to build, train, tune and deploy their models from a single interface.
12. Amazon SageMaker Notebooks:
Notebooks, in general, are an integral component when it comes to machine learning. With notebooks, one can easily write, copy and run the codes, deduce outcomes and visualize data.
Amazon SageMaker Notebooks is a one-click notebook with elastic compute serving more advanced functions such as increase or decrease compute resources without interruption, transfer Notebook content to new instances.
13. Amazon SageMaker Experiments
Developers build, iterate and experiment with different M/L models, which is again time-consuming.
Amazon SageMaker Experiments capture, organize and search every step of building, training, and tuning your models, that too automatically.
14. Amazon SageMaker Debugger
Running machine learning models and getting results is a time taking process. Amazon SageMaker Debugger allows developers to debug and profile their model training to improve the accuracy of machine learning models. It automatically collects and monitors key training metrics from popular frameworks.
15. Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor
Andy Jassy announced the general availability of Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor which helps you detect concept drift by monitoring models deployed to production that too automatically. You can enable the Model Monitor with a single click.
16. Amazon SageMaker Autopilot
Automating M/L models can be the next big thing. This is what AWS is trying to do with Amazon SageMaker Autopilot. It equips developers with the ability to automate machine learning with full control and visibility.
17. Amazon Fraud Detector
Amazon being the eCommerce giant are leveraging various practices for fraud detection. Andy Jassy announced Amazon Fraud Detector – a new machine learning-driven fraud management service. Organizations using this may not need to set-up a team with the machine learning experience, in other words, it’s easy to use.
18. Amazon CodeGuru
Coding is a basic thing when it comes to developing applications, software or trying to run anything on computers. But it becomes complex when the applications are tricky. AWS announced Amazon CodeGuru, which is a new machine learning service to automate code reviews and identify your most expensive line of code.
19. Contact Lens for Amazon Connect
Machine Learning can be really helpful in improving an organization’s operational efficiency. Machine Learning-powered contact center analytics for Amazon Connect proves beneficial in transcribing and analyzing vast amounts of customer calls.
Contact Lens for Amazon Connect can analyze call logs and identify useful insights such as emotions and sentiments, recognize and flag long periods of silence, and note when people are talking over each other. Organizations can understand the state of call centers to improve the customer service process.
20. Amazon Kendra
After announcing service to transcribe and analyze the call logs, a question arises that “Can same machine learning search services be applied to help large enterprises improve the enterprise searches into the FAQs, documents, etc.?”
Andy Jassy answered this with Amazon Kendra. It can easily pull data from different silos across your organization such as Sharepoint, ServiceNow, HDD, etc, which is later sync and indexed using machine learning for quicker internal search.
AWS re:Invent 2019 had everything enhanced computing power announcements, Machine Learning, Big Data, and 5G. Not only this, Andy presented an exclusive checklist focused on transformation. The checklist addresses the biggest roadblocks and how to overcome those. Subscribe to CMI blog here, to read an exclusive article on “Digital Transformation Checklist: A note for Leadership by Andy Jassy.“