It’s finally October, and AWS re:Invent 2017 is right around the corner. If you’ve already got tickets, you’ve probably started planning which talks to attend. If you haven’t gotten tickets, hopefully you’ve entered our giveaway! Either way, you’re trying to guess what AWS will announce at their biggest event of the year. We’re no different Cloud computing is always changing, and re:Invent provides a setting for some of the industry’s most important announcements. Here’s a quick rundown of our AWS re:Invent predictions.
A big announcement in artificial intelligence
AI on AWS has grown quite a bit in the last year, with services like Polly, Lex, and Rekognition making it easier than ever to get started using artificial intelligence. Companies like NVIDIA and Tesla are investing heavily in this technology, and it’s no secret why. Artificial intelligence has massive implications for security, and even some world leaders are beginning to speak on its importance. This year’s re:Invent is sure to hold plenty of surprises, but don’t be shocked if a new AI service is announced.
New compute services
EC2 is arguably the most versatile, useful service AWS has to offer. However, it’s been around since 2008, and compute resources have changed a lot since then. AWS recently per-second EC2 and EBS billing, to take effect October 2nd. This was unusual for them–normally new services are available to use right away. With this announcement coming just a few months ahead of re:Invent, it’s quite possible AWS is preparing us for something even bigger in the realm of compute services. With such a huge potential impact, it’s likely that AWS timed this announcement to get us to start thinking differently about compute at a fundamental level. This could very well mean a new compute service altogether.
Kubernetes on AWS
When we think of compute resources in this way–able to be spun up and down at a moment’s notice–we often think of containers. A few weeks ago, AWS joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a platinum member. What’s interesting about this partnership is that the CNCF is the home of Kubernetes, an incredibly popular container orchestration platform. AWS already offers ECS (Elastic Container Service), but many of the container workloads running on the AWS platform use Kubernetes. When you put the pieces together, all signs point to a new service that will allow a more natural workflow for running Kubernetes natively on AWS.
Serverless will keep growing
Lambda has grown up a lot since its release in 2014. And as the serverless revolution continues, we can expect to see AWS offer more and more functionality in this area. One area where serverless systems thrive, machine learning, is growing at an incredible rate. Text and speech recognition are becoming commonplace (Alexa, for example), so it only makes sense for AWS to capitalize on this trend.
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