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AWS re:Invent 2019: Day Two Recap

Posted on December 4, 2019 by CraigArcuriCraigArcuri

So far we’re having a blast at AWS re:Invent, 2019 and it’s only the second day! Hear from two of our training architects, Craig Arcuri and Moosa Khalid as they discuss their review of today’s festivities.

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Craig Arcuri:

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy delivered the keynote Tuesday morning with some blockbuster announcements! Competition always raises the bar and AWS has come out very strong at this year’s re:Invent. AWS has certainly strengthened its enterprise offerings with an eye on being the one-stop-shop for enterprise in the cloud. One particular enterprise customer offering strong support for AWS is Goldman Sachs. One of the centerpieces which really makes AWS accessible and attractive is AWS Outposts. Outposts is a hybrid cloud product that really opens the door for all types of enterprises to adopt AWS.

Let’s be clear, this is a pretty radical development. With AWS Outposts, you can run AWS infrastructure and services on-premises for a true hybrid experience. This is actual AWS hardware and once installed, AWS will take care of monitoring, maintaining, and upgrading your Outposts. All of the hardware is modular and can be replaced in the field without downtime.

AWS  followed that news up with even more exciting announcements like SageMaker Studio. This fully integrated IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is specifically for Machine Learning. Amazon SageMaker Studio unifies all of the tools needed for ML development. Developers can write code, track experiments, visualize data, and perform debugging and monitoring all within a single, integrated visual interface, which significantly boosts developer productivity.

There are, of course, many more announcements from the keynote and Linux Academy will continue to blog throughout the week, but those were a few of the exciting announcements that caught my eye from the keynote. The major takeaways from these are that instead of having to move your data around, AWS will come to you with Outposts! And of course, Machine Learning is all about the data as well, and SageMaker Studio will make it that much easier for you to work. 


Moosa Khalid:

Throughout the keynote speech today, Andy Jassy had CEO’s from notable companies like Goldman Sachs and Verizon showcase how partnering with AWS has helped them achieve their goals. Andy also announcedAmazon S3 Access Points, a new service that helps firewall your S3 buckets within private networks. This is another exciting feature for the object storage service. Hundreds of access points can now be attached to a single bucket; allowing access from within the same VPCs or otherwise.

Another new service announced was the Redshift RA3 instances with managed storage. This means now you can separate the compute from the redshift storage and have one less thing to worry about! And the new feature release for Redshift didn’t stop there, Andy went on to reveal the Redshift AQUA(Advanced Query Accelerator) which is basically a hardware-accelerated cache; giving 10X better performance compared to any other cloud data warehouse solution.

Some other intriguing services announced were UltraWarm, a warm tier, on “steroids” as explained by Andy, Elastisearch service and Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra services which offer single-digit millisecond latencies without managing a Cassandra cluster yourself, which is a first for Cassandra on AWS.

With this keynote, Amazon cemented the fact that they are still aggressively innovating and listening to their customers. Which is something I think we can all be very excited about.
It’s just the second day of re:Invent 2019 and we already have so many exciting developments! Stay tuned to hear a recap of more updates announced in Werner Vogel’s(AWS CTO) keynote tomorrow at day three! We’ll keep you up-to-date every day so you never miss out!

In closing

Don’t forget, Linux Academy is in full force at re:Invent. So stop by and say hello. Craig will be at the re:Invent booth a total of six hours on Wednesday, so please stop by and say hi! Tia Williams will also be at the booth tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM for questions, pictures, and high fives! 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! 

Linux Academy is committed to staying on the cutting edge with our courses. We’re taking in all of the releases and exam updates at re:Invent so that we can enhance our courses as quickly as possible, for YOU. Craig, Kelby, and a handful of other training architects are busily taking the latest beta exams so they’re prepared to bring all that knowledge to you and improve our coursework each day. Thank you for another amazing year at re:Invent, and thank you for continuing to build your stories of success with us. You are the reason for everything that we create. 


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