AWS What’s New?

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Integrates with AWS Glue
    by on August 15, 2017 at 22:39

    You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog as the metadata repository for Amazon Redshift Spectrum. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located. &nbs […]

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to recover accidentally released EIPs
    by on August 15, 2017 at 18:37

    Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an opportunity to recover EIPs that they might have released accidentally. The released EIPs are available for recovery as long as they are not assigned to a different customer. The sooner customers try to recover their EIPs, the better are the chances of recovering them. Customers can recover their EIPs via CLI by using the allocate-address command and specifying the IP address using the --address parameter. &nbs […]

  • Introducing AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services
    by on August 15, 2017 at 18:31

    The AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is an extension for Microsoft VSTS and on-premises Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) that makes it easy to deploy .NET applications to AWS. If you already use Microsoft VSTS or TFS, the AWS Tools for VSTS makes it easy to deploy your code to AWS without changing how you run your project, organize your builds, and track your work. […]

  • AWS CloudTrail Integration is Now Available in Amazon Lex
    by on August 15, 2017 at 16:36

    Amazon Lex is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that enables you to log, continuously monitor, and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure, to provide a history of API calls for your account. Amazon Lex API calls are captured from the Amazon Lex console or from your API operations using the SDKs directly. Your Amazon Lex API calls are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket with your other AWS service records. Using the information collected by AWS CloudTrail, you can track requests made to Amazon Lex including the origination of the request, such as source IP address, the date and time the request was made, and the parameters requested. […]

  • Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM, offering cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads
    by on August 14, 2017 at 19:03

    Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM. The new CloudHSM offers you cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads. You can now generate and use encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated hardware security modules (HSMs) on the AWS Cloud. CloudHSM integrates with your applications using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11, Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE), and Microsoft CryptoNG (CNG). It is also standards-compliant and enables you to export all of your keys to most other commercially-available HSMs. CloudHSM is a fully-managed service that automates time-consuming administrative tasks for you, such as hardware provisioning, software patching, high-availability, and backups. With CloudHSM, you can add and remove HSM capacity on-demand, with no up-front costs. […]

  • Use Apache Spark and Hive on Amazon EMR with the AWS Glue Data Catalog
    by on August 14, 2017 at 17:46

    You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog with Apache Spark and Apache Hive on Amazon EMR. The AWS Glue Data Catalog is a managed metadata repository that is integrated with Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and AWS Glue ETL jobs. Additionally, it provides automatic schema discovery and schema version history. You can choose to use the AWS Glue Data Catalog to store external table metadata for Hive and Spark instead of utilizing an on-cluster or self-managed Hive Metastore. This allows you to more easily store metadata for your external tables on Amazon S3 outside of your cluster. […]

  • Introducing Amazon Macie for S3
    by on August 14, 2017 at 17:41

    Amazon Macie is a security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides you with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved. […]

  • Amazon Athena Now Integrates With AWS Glue
    by on August 14, 2017 at 17:34

    Amazon Athena is now integrated with the AWS Glue Data Catalog. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located. It integrates with Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon Redshift Spectrum, Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, and any Apache Hive Metastore compatible application. If you already use Amazon Athena, we recommend that you upgrade from using Athena’s internal Data Catalog to AWS Glue Data Catalog. Click here to learn more about the upgrade. […]

  • AWS Config Supports New Managed Rules for Securing Amazon S3 Buckets
    by on August 14, 2017 at 17:32

    AWS Config now supports two new managed rules to detect overly permissive Amazon S3 bucket policies. Previously, you had to manually examine the policies tied to each of your S3 buckets to ensure proper access configurations are in place. Now, you can use Config rules to automatically check your S3 buckets for unrestricted public read or write access. With these new rules, you can check Access Control Lists (ACLs) and policies attached to your S3 buckets, flag non-compliant resources, and receive Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications when your bucket permissions change. […]

  • Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data at Rest
    by on August 14, 2017 at 17:09

    Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) now allows you to encrypt your data at rest using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption and decryption are handled seamlessly, so you don’t have to modify your applications to access your data. […]

  • AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Available to All Customers
    by on August 14, 2017 at 16:45

    AWS CloudTrail Event History is now available to all customers. CloudTrail Event History (formerly known as API Activity History) lets you view, search, and download your recent AWS account activity. This allows you to gain visibility into your account actions taken through the AWS Management Console, SDKs, and CLI to enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account. […]

  • Introducing AWS Glue: A Simple, Flexible, and Cost-Effective Extract, Transfer, and Load (ETL) Service
    by on August 14, 2017 at 16:41

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Glue, a new, fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create and run an ETL job. You simply point AWS Glue to your data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers your data and stores associated metadata (e.g. table definition and schema) in the AWS Glue Data Catalog. Once catalogued, your data is immediately searchable, queryable, and available for ETL. AWS Glue generates the code for you to execute your data transformations and loading processes. […]

  • Introducing AWS Migration Hub
    by on August 14, 2017 at 16:39

    AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions. Using Migration Hub allows you to choose the AWS and partner migration tools that best fit your needs, while giving you visibility into the status of migrations across your portfolio of applications. This allows you to quickly get progress updates across all of your migrations, easily identify and troubleshoot any issues, and reduce the overall time and effort spent on your migration projects. […]

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for AWS CloudFormation
    by on August 11, 2017 at 22:18

    You can now provision AWS Batch resources using AWS CloudFormation, a service that gives you an easy way to deploy and update resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation streamlines the process of creating and managing AWS Batch deployments across multiple AWS accounts and regions. […]

  • Announcing Additional Edge Locations in Chicago and Frankfurt for Amazon CloudFront
    by on August 11, 2017 at 20:45

    We are pleased to announce the launch of two additional edge locations for Amazon CloudFront, Chicago, Illinois and Frankfurt, Germany. Chicago now has two edge locations while Frankfurt now has six. Each new edge location improves CloudFront’s performance and availability experienced by your application’s end-users. […]

  • Amazon Redshift announces enhanced support for viewing external Redshift Spectrum tables
    by on August 11, 2017 at 18:33

    Using new Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers, you can view external Redshift Spectrum tables in your existing SQL client and BI tools. Download the new drivers from the Connect client tab on the Amazon Redshift Management Console. […]

  • Amazon Redshift announces Federated Authentication with Single Sign-On
    by on August 11, 2017 at 18:27

    You can now use the new Amazon Redshift database authentication to simplify the credential management of database users. You can configure Amazon Redshift to automatically generate temporary database credentials based on permissions granted through an AWS IAM policy. You can leverage your corporate directory and third-party SAML-2.0 identity provider, such as ADFS, PingFederate and Okta, to enable your users to easily access their Amazon Redshift clusters using their corporate user names, without managing database users and passwords. Furthermore, database users are automatically created at their first login based on their corporate privileges. The new Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers support Windows Integrated Authentication for a simplified client experience. This feature is supported starting with Amazon Redshift ODBC driver version and JDBC driver version For more information, see Using IAM Authentication to Generate Database User Credentials in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. […]

  • Introducing AWS SAM Local, a CLI Tool to Test AWS Lambda Functions Locally
    by on August 11, 2017 at 16:38

    AWS SAM Local is a CLI tool that allows you to locally test and debug your AWS Lambda functions defined by AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) templates. Today, SAM Local supports Lambda functions written in Node.js, Java, and Python. SAM Local is available today in beta. &nbs […]

  • AWS CodeDeploy Now Supports Using Application Load Balancers for Blue/Green and In-Place Deployments
    by on August 11, 2017 at 04:57

    AWS CodeDeploy now supports using Application Load Balancers for both blue/green and in-place deployments. With this update, you can choose between a Classic Load Balancer and an Application Load Balancer for your deployment groups. For blue/green deployments, CodeDeploy re-routes the traffic from instances in the original environment to those in the replacement environment. For in-place deployments, using a load balancer with CodeDeploy increases the fault tolerance of your application as it prevents traffic from being routed to instances that are currently being deployed to. For more information, see Integrating AWS CodeDeploy with Elastic Load Balancing.&nbs […]

  • Amazon ECS is now HIPAA Eligible
    by on August 10, 2017 at 23:59

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) is now HIPAA-eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Addendum (BAA) with AWS, you can use Amazon ECS to process encrypted Protected Health Information (PHI) using Docker containers deployed onto a cluster of Amazon EC2 compute instances. […]