re:Invent Service Launches

Amazon re:Invent was held last week in Las Vegas. We saw a lot of exciting announcements, some expected and some more surprising. Amazon has the major launches detailed here:

For our campus usage, I’m most excited about these:

  • Fargate – makes containers easier than ever before.
  • ECS for Kubernetes – allows container management with Kubernetes, which may be how you’re already doing it.
  • Hibernation for Spot Instances – don’t lose your work if you get outbid.
  • New Spot Pricing Model – smooths out spot market pricing to avoid sudden surprises.
  • Aurora Serverless – auto-scale database capacity, even down to zero (with a quick scale-up when you need it again)
  • DynamoDB Backups – I can get rid of the scripts I wrote to back up DynamoDB; they don’t work as well as the new service.
  • Comprehend – process spoken language.
  • Translate – translate between spoken languages.
  • SageMaker – machine learning made easy.
  • Inter-Region VPC Peering – we’re evaluating how we can make the UOFI Active Directory available in regions outside us-east-2.
  • PrivateLink – access private services without advanced VPC configuration.
  • GuardDuty – use AWS’ behind-the-scenes machine learning to alert on unexpected behavior within your account.

New AWS Labs Added for Fall 17

The Illinois Amazon Web Services (AWS) team has added additional lab dates to their fall schedule. An Amazon solutions architect and an Illinois AWS team member will be on-site to offer technical assistance and discuss cloud topics.

  • September 27: 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • October 17: 9:15 to 11:15 28 Illini Hall
  • October 25: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Undergraduate Library ICS Lab
  • November 15: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • December 6: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Wohlers Hall ICS Lab

During each lab session, you’ll have your choice of topics:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may run through multiple labs if time allows.

Technology Services will grant you access to a shared AWS account for the lab; you don’t need your own. Computers will be available onsite, though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Please register here to reserve your seat.

Read-replica Support for Apache HBase

You can now create read-replica Apache HBase clusters pointed to the same underlying HBase tables in Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR release 5.7.0. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using read-replicas, you can increase availability by creating HBase clusters in different Amazon EC2 Availability Zones that read from the same dataset in Amazon S3.

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Amazon EMR now supports launching clusters with custom Amazon Linux AMIs

You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with custom Amazon Machine Images (AMI) running Amazon Linux. This enables you to preload additional software on your AMI and use AMIs that you customize and control. You can also encrypt the Amazon EBS root volume of your AMIs with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Additionally, you can now adjust the Amazon EBS root volume size for instances in your Amazon EMR cluster. Previously, this was fixed at 10 GiB.

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