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Month: May 2019

AWS Competency Partner Spotlight

Source: AWS Today we released the AWS Competency Partner Spotlight, featuring qualified APN Technology and Consulting Partners who have deep expertise and proven customer success in specific areas like Machine Learning, Financial Services, Oralce, and more.  The AWS Competency Program highlights APN Partners who bring the right expertise for specific business needs by quickly narrowing the search among the tens of thousands of Partners in the APN. AWS Competency Partners are equipped to solve business problems in a complex IT environment. AWS Competency offerings follow AWS best practices for building the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud infrastructure for industry applications. This APN Spotlight provides success stories for AWS Customers to learn more abo...

Avis Budget Group and Slalom Further Digitize the Car Rental Process with Machine Learning on AWS

Source: AWS Avis Budget Group is a global provider of transportation solutions. Its Avis and Budget brands have more than 11,000 rental locations in approximately 180 countries around the world. Its Zipcar brand, a leading car sharing network, has more than one million members in over 500 cities and towns. Avis Budget Group sought to become an API-driven company to reinvent the rental car experience, digitize its business, and develop new business models. The company needed help managing and using its data effectively while also scaling globally. After deciding to build on AWS, Avis Budget Group chose to work with Slalom to complete a successful PoC on AWS and move forward with a pilot project at Newark airport. Using machine learning (ML), the pilot focused on building a practical on-site...

AWS CodeCommit Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

Source: AWS AWS CodeCommit, a fully-managed source control service, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. CodeCommit makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories.  

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Database Activity Streams For Real-time Monitoring

Source: AWS Database Activity Streams for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility provides a near real-time data stream of the database activity in your relational database to help you monitor activity. When integrated with third party database activity monitoring tools, Database Activity Streams can monitor and audit database activity to provide safeguards for your database and help meet compliance and regulatory requirements. Solutions built on top of Database Activity Streams can protect your database from internal and external threats by monitoring access to your database. The collection, transmission, storage, and subsequent processing of the database activity is managed outside your database providing access control independent of your database users. Your database activity is pu...

AWS IoT Things Graph Now Generally Available

Source: AWS AWS IoT Things Graph is a fully managed service that makes it easier and faster to build IoT applications by visually connecting different devices and web services with little to no code. IoT applications are being built today using a variety of devices and web services to automate tasks for a rapidly expanding range of use cases like smart homes, manufacturing, and energy management. With AWS IoT Things Graph, customers can focus on the logic and functionality of their smart home or industrial IoT applications instead of dealing with the low-level details of integrating devices and services.

Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now Generally Available

Source: AWS Amazon MSK, an AWS streaming data service that manages Apache Kafka’s (Kafka) infrastructure and operations is now generally available. Amazon MSK makes it easy for developers and DevOps managers to build and run production applications on Kafka without needing significant Kafka and Apache ZooKeeper operational expertise.

Enable EC2 Hibernation Without Specifying Encryption Intent at Every Instance Launch

Source: AWS Hibernating your Amazon EC2 Instances is now easier then ever. You can now enable Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Encryption by Default, to ensure all new EBS volumes created in your account are encrypted. To enable Hibernation, you no longer have to create an encrypted copy of the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) before launching an instance. Alternatively, you can also now specify encryption intent at launch (with unencrypted AMI or snapshot) and enable hibernation at the same time (see link).  

Amplify Framework adds Support for AWS Lambda as a Data Source and Custom Indexes for Amazon DynamoDB in GraphQL schema

Source: AWS Starting today, the Amplify CLI (part of the open source Amplify Framework) includes support for adding an AWS Lambda function to your AWS AppSync API using the GraphQL Transformer and the new @function directive. The GraphQL Transformer, included in the Amplify CLI, provides a simple to use interface that helps developers quickly create scalable web and mobile backends on AWS. 

New Quick Start deploys AWS Cloud9 cloud-based IDE

Source: AWS This Quick Start automatically deploys the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud9 integrated development environment (IDE) in the AWS Cloud in about 30 minutes. This Quick Start is for organizations that want to provide developers with a flexible and powerful cloud-based IDE that allows them to run and debug code from a browser, while seamlessly sharing their development environment with their team. 

Amazon Route 53 Launches Private DNS and Health Checks in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

Source: AWS You can now use Amazon Route 53 private Domain Name System (DNS) and health checks for public endpoints in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. This AWS Region is designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

AWS DataSync Now Supports EFS-to-EFS Transfer

Source: AWS You can now use AWS DataSync to automatically, efficiently, and securely copy files between two Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) resources, including file systems in different AWS Regions and ones owned by different AWS accounts.  Using DataSync to copy data between EFS file systems, you can perform one-time migrations, periodic ingest for distributed workloads, or automate replication for data protection and recovery, at speeds up to 10 times faster than open-source tools.

Amazon Textract – Now Generally Available

Source: AWS We are excited to announce the general availability of Amazon Textract, which has been in preview since re:invent 2018. Amazon Textract is a managed machine learning service that automatically extracts text and structured data from virtually any document. Customers use Amazon Textract to quickly automate document workflows, processing millions of document pages in a few hours.