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AWS re:Invent 2019: Day Three Recap

Posted on December 5, 2019 by MarkRichmanMarkRichman

Day 3 of re:Invent 2019 was another super exciting day in terms of major AWS product and service announcements! Here we’re going to break down the day’s top highlights:


Amazon Neptune Workbench

You can now query your graphs from within the Neptune Console using either Gremlin or SPARQL queries. You get a fully managed, interactive development environment that supports live code and narrative text within Jupyter notebooks. In addition to queries, the notebooks support bulk loading, query planning, and query profiling. To get started, visit the Neptune Console.


AWS MAP for Windows

MAP for Windows provides prescriptive guidance, specialist consulting support, tooling, training, and services credits to help reduce the risk and cost of migrating to the cloud while providing pathways to modernize your Windows Server workloads on cloud-native and open-source technologies. Read more:


AWS Marketplace Enhancements

AWS Marketplace now features a new Discovery API, created for select partners. This new feature enables sellers and data providers to curate a narrow set of third-party software and data products by integrating the AWS Marketplace catalog into their web properties. This means you will only see relevant third-party software and data when you’re on a seller or data provider’s platform. Learn more here:


AWS Compute Optimizer

AWS Compute Optimizer is a new machine learning-based recommendation service. It makes it easy for you to use optimal AWS Compute resources. It is now available in five AWS regions at no additional charge. You only pay for the resources needed to run your applications and CloudWatch monitoring fees. You can start using Compute Optimizer through the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or AWS SDK. Learn more here:


Amazon Chime Meetings App for Slack

This new app allows Slack users to start and join Amazon Chime online meetings from their Slack workspace channels and conversations. Slack users that are new to Amazon Chime will be auto-registered with Chime when they use the app for the first time and can get access to all of the benefits of Amazon Chime meetings from their Slack workspace. Administrators of Slack workspaces can install the Amazon Chime Meetings App for Slack from the Slack App Directory. Add the app to your Slack account here:



This is a new API Gateway feature that will let you build cost-effective, high-performance RESTful APIs for serverless workloads using Lambda functions and other services with an HTTP endpoint. HTTP APIs are optimized for performance—they offer the core functionality of API Gateway at a cost savings of up to 70% compared to REST APIs in API Gateway. You will be able to create routes that map to multiple disparate backends, define & apply authentication and authorization to routes, set up rate limiting, and use custom domains to route requests to the APIs. Read more:


Amplify DataStore

This is a persistent, on-device storage repository that will help you to synchronize data across devices and to handle offline operations. It can be used as a standalone local data store for web and mobile applications that have no connection to the cloud or an AWS account. When used with a cloud backend, it transparently synchronizes data with AWS AppSync. Read more:


Windows gMSA Support in ECS

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now supports Windows group Managed Service Account (gMSA), a new capability that allows you to authenticate and authorize your ECS-powered Windows containers with network resources using an Active Directory (AD). You can now easily use Integrated Windows Authentication with your Windows containers on ECS to secure services.


Live Sessions Now Online

Most live sessions from this week are now available on YouTube: Just filter for 2019 and enjoy!


Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to the team at re:Invent. We’ll be giving out pinehead plushies and high-fives all day long. And if you’re ready to share your success story, we have an on-site production team to help you tell the world about your unique journey!

We always look forward to seeing our learners and absolutely everyone is welcome. If you can’t make it to our booth or were unable to attend re:Invent, please visit our Slack community. We can field all of your questions and want to help you succeed even faster. And if you have new ideas about a course, let us know!


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