re:Invent 2014 – Event recap

It may be seen as a meeting of the geeks to most, but Amazon’s yearly conference for its AWS division is essentially a time to discover what the company is up to and what is on the horizon. Here is a list of new features that will help IT and Software Development:

  • Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible database engine for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). AWS says it combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Aurora can process 6 million inserts to its database per minute, and 30 million selects per minute. AWS says that’s five times faster than using MySQL on its EC2 VMs.

  • AWS CodeCommit

AWS made a number of announcements related to application life-cycle management (ALM), which is the process of building and managing new applications. One service is AWS CodeCommit, which works with Git to host private repositories of code in AWS’s cloud.

  • AWS Config

Last year AWS announced CloudTrail, a service that lets users get a list of all the actions that have happened in a user’s account. This year AWS introduced AWS Config, a sort of next generation version of that offering that provides customers with full visibility into their AWS resources and associated relationships, lets them audit resource configuration history, and notifies them of resource configuration changes.

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a service for creating and scaling containers that supports Docker. It works with EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) virtual machines, allowing users to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances using containers.

  • New EC2 Instance type: C4

C4 is a new compute-optimized virtual machine instance type that includes new 2.9 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (Haswell) processors. They run up to 36 virtual CPUs and are optimized to be used with AWS EBS (Elastic Block Storage). We’re excitied to test this on clients with very demanding workloads!

  • AWS Key Management Service

AWS Key Management Service makes it easy for customers to create and control the keys used to encrypt their data on the AWS Cloud. It uses the Hardware Security Module, a box that sits on customers’ premises, and works with all the other AWS services. It provides centralized control of encryption including new key creation and rotation, usage policies, and logging from the AWS Management Console, or by using the API.