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AWS re:Invent Event Wrap Up

Last week’s AWS re:Invent was a packed event with more than 30,000 global attendees (that’s a 58% increase YOY) and 500+ breakout sessions and workshops. Now that we’ve returned to our respective states following the insightful week of activities, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our biggest takeaways from the conference.

News

All product announcements from AWS are summarized here; however, check out our Day One, Day Two and Day Three recaps to see our take on the specific product and service enhancements throughout the week.

Some of my favorites include new enhancements that customers can take advantage of right away, including:

  • A new way to access your AWS Glacier data in minutes with the new retrieval options, which also comes at a reduced price. Glacier is a cost-effective long-term storage option and the new enhancement only continues to strengthen the service. As Amazon states, “Starting today, you can use expedited retrievals to access data in 1 – 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved. Expedited retrievals allow you to quickly access your data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. And when you have large amounts of data to retrieve, even petabytes, you can use Bulk retrievals to access your data in approximately 5 – 12 hours for a flat rate of just $0.0025 per GB retrieved.” To learn more about AWS Glacier, see the session talk here, which provides more information on the service and thoughts on how to strategically include it in a storage strategy.
  • AWS Aurora, which is a database and service offering. (fun fact: Datapipe was awarded an AWS partnership designation for our ability to assist clients with deploying AWS Aurora). A good session is this deep dive on Amazon Aurora which is incredibly informative – https://youtu.be/duf5uUsW3TM.
  • The fact that Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services. Read more here at https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2016/11/amazon-aurora-and-amazon-rds-for-postgresql-are-now-hipaa-eligible-services/.
  • The services AWS launched during Andy Jassy’s keynote that support hybrid architectures including VPC, Direct Connect and Storage Gateway. Jassy noted how customers have been asking AWS to support VMware on AWS. AWS announced VMware Cloud on AWS which allows customers to leverage VMware’s software stack on hardware in an AWS data center.

On the Datapipe front, we announced a couple pieces of news at the event, including our new platform Trebuchet™, as well as the fact we’ve added a handful of new AWS recognitions and designations to our repertoire. Read More: Datapipe News at re:Invent: New Designations and Partner Program Recognitions from AWS. We have been an APN Premier Consulting Partner since its launch, and as AWS pointed out in its partner keynote session, we are one of only nine partners that have been a partner for those five years.

Sessions

In case you missed it, our own Patrick McClory gave a talk on aligning the CI/CD pipeline. Quick overview of the session: for an IT organization to be successful in rapid cloud assessment or iterative migration of their infrastructure and applications to AWS, they need to effectively plan and execute on a strategic cloud strategy that focuses not only on cloud, but also big data, DevOps, and security.

You can check out a video replay here and again, if you want to learn more about Datapipe’s new service in beta, feel free to reach out to us here. And for those developers interested in some of our open source toolsets we have developed, head on over to our github site at github.com/Datapipe.

Summary of Fun Facts Heard at the Conference

  • Every day, AWS is deploying almost enough capacity that they could have powered Amazon back in 2005, when it was still an $8.5 billion enterprise.
  • The world’s leading enterprises trust APN Partners to help them achieve the agility benefits of the AWS Cloud. In fact, the majority of the Fortune 500 and over 90 percent of Fortune 100 companies utilize APN Partner solutions and services.
  • AWS is on track to surpass 40% renewable energy by the end of 2016, and is aiming to be powered by more than 50% renewable energy in 2017.
  • AWS revenues rose 55 percent to $3.2 billion, compared to $2.1 billion a year ago.
  • In 2010, AWS’s pace of innovation was 61 new capabilities daily. This year, it’s almost 1,000. See here for proof.
  • A lot of people are excited about Lambda@Edge, which was referred to on social as both “the most disruptive technology” of the entire event and offering “a big benefit to high-traffic websites.” It’s also gotten more than a few “wows!
  • According to keynote speaker U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, POTUS gave his team a mission: To responsibly unleash the power of data for the benefit of all Americans.

Be sure to check out many of the sessions from re:Invent with over 400 sessions uploaded to the AWS YouTube channel. We’re no newbies to AWS re:Invent – in fact, last year we were joined by VP CTO of McDonalds for Datapipe’s breakout session where we reviewed their journey to the cloud and launched their application globally. This year Tom Gergets, from McDonalds, joined Andy Jassy on stage during the keynote discussing their enterprise transformation and investment in technology.

About David Lucky

David Lucky
As Datapipe’s Director of Product Management, David has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. David writes about a wide variety of topics including security and compliance, AWS, Microsoft, and business strategy.

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