Missed the AWS Global Summit event in San Francisco yesterday? We’ve got you covered with a full recap of everything you missed.
Following last year’s AWS re:Invent back in November 2017, we posted a recap of every single announcement made during the week-long event. The post got a lot of attention, and started some good discussions with Neudesic’s customers who are using AWS or who wanted to learn more about the AWS platform.
Yesterday, I was joined by Neudesic’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Jones as well as our Senior Manager for Solutions Marketing and Alliances, Mike Graff to attend the AWS Global Summit event in beautiful San Francisco. The event was the first of eight AWS Global Summit events scheduled in 2018 for North America, and one of 35 scheduled around the globe. You can see the complete schedule of upcoming AWS Summit events for your region here. Also, in case you missed Werner’s keynote LiveStream from the San Francisco Summit yesterday, a video recording is available here
Continuing the tradition from our previous recaps, we will call out some of our ‘Big Winners’ from yesterday’s announcements. So, without further delay….I give you our AWS Global Summit, San Francisco 2018 recap! Let’s get started with the big winners.
The Big Winners…
While we might be a little biased here, our first big winner announcement is one that we are very proud to share: Neudesic has been selected by AWS as a Launch Partner for two exciting new AWS programs:
- Windows Workloads: Application Modernization Competency Program. The new Application Modernization category identifies, validates, and promotes APN Partners that are highly specialized in migrating and/or building .NET-based applications on AWS. These Partners reduce the time to value for customers as they leverage their current investment and skill in .NET while modernizing applications to quickly realize the benefits of AWS.
- Amazon EC2 for Windows Service Delivery Program. The Amazon EC2 for Windows Service Delivery designation highlights APN Partners that have demonstrated unique solution delivery capabilities on Amazon EC2 for Windows service. Amazon EC2 for Windows Partners improve customer experience and reduce deployment efforts for Windows-based applications by identifying the most appropriate configuration from cost, performance, security, reliability, and manageability perspectives.
Here is the official post on the AWS blog that shares more about these two new programs, and below is a shot of the official announcement from the event:
Big Winner #2: Local Mode for SageMaker
Today Amazon SageMaker has open sourced the MXNet and Tensorflow deep learning containers that power the MXNet and Tensorflow estimators in the SageMaker SDK. The ability to write Python scripts that conform to simple interface is still one the coolest SageMaker features and now those containers can be additionally customized to include any additional libraries. You can download these containers locally to iterate and experiment which can accelerate your debugging cycle. When you’re ready go from local testing to production training and hosting you just change one line of code.
Managing application secrets like database credentials, passwords, or API Keys is easy when you’re working locally with one machine and one application. As you grow and scale to many distributed microservices, it becomes a daunting task to securely store, distribute, rotate, and consume secrets. Previously, we needed to provision and maintain additional infrastructure solely for secrets management which could incur costs and introduce unneeded complexity into systems. Today AWS launched AWS Secrets Manager which makes it easy to store and retrieve your secrets via API or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) and rotate your credentials with built-in or custom AWS Lambda functions.
Honorable Mention: AWS Certificate Manager Launches Private Certificate Authority
This new service allows ACM to act as a private subordinate CA. Previously, if we wanted to use private certificates, we needed specialized infrastructure and security expertise that could be expensive to maintain and operate. ACM Private CA builds on ACM’s existing certificate capabilities to help easily and securely manage the lifecycle of private certificates with pay as you go pricing. This enables developers to provision certificates in just a few simple API calls while administrators have a central CA management console and fine grained access control through granular IAM policies. ACM Private CA keys are stored securely in AWS managed hardware security modules (HSMs) that adhere to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security standards.
Now, the here’s the complete list of AWS product announcements from the Summit…
Here’s the full list, in no particular order:
- New – Machine Learning Inference at the Edge Using AWS Greengrass
- New – Encryption of Data in Transit for Amazon EFS
- AWS Certificate Manager Launches Private Certificate Authority
- AWS Firewall Manager: Central Management for Your Web Application Portfolio
- AWS Config Rules Update: Aggregate Compliance Data Across Accounts and Regions
- AWS Secrets Manager: Store, Distribute, and Rotate Credentials Securely
- Amazon S3 Update: New Storage Class and General Availability of S3 Select
- Amazon Transcribe Now Generally Available
- Amazon Translate Now Generally Available
- Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Additional Instance Types, Local Mode, Open Sourced Containers, MXNet and Tensorflow Updates