AWS re:Invent 2019 Recap

Amazon AWS introduced almost eighty new services or service enhancements this year at re:Invent. Let’s go over a few of the more important ones.

Serverless

Serverless was one of the main focuses of re:Invent 2019. The big announcement was the launch of ‘provisioned concurrency’ for Lambda. Currently, there is some latency the first time Lambda is invoked because of ‘cold starts’, when containers need to initialize in the background to do processing for your functions. Provisioned concurrency mitigates this by allocating a pool of pre-initialized Lambda containers in the background. This should allow for better latency when a Lambda function is initialized for the first time.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/aws-lambda-announces-provisioned-concurrency/

A few other major announcements in the serverless compute space:

Security

IAM Access Analyzer was the biggest security announcement from re:Invent. This new feature continuously monitors your IAM policies for changes and alerts if anything has changed. When an IAM policy violates your security and access standards, it can be remediated faster.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-aws-identity-and-access-management-access-analyzer/

Other major releases and announcements in the security space:

Compute

ARM based compute is the coolest thing that came out of the major compute announcements. Graviton processors, custom ARM based CPUs designed by Amazon, can perform almost as well as x86 CPUs at a fraction of the cost.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-new-amazon-ec2-m6g-c6g-and-r6g-instances-powered-by-next-generation-arm-based-aws-graviton2-processors/

Other major releases and announcements in the AWS compute space:

Networking

The big announcement here seems to be AWS Wavelength, AWS services embedded into the datacenters of telecommunications providers. This will provide very low latency for sensitive applications.

Link to Announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/wavelength/

Other major networking releases and announcements:

Database

Enterprise

AWS Outpost was announced in 2018, but is now generally available. This allows for true hybrid functionality for the cloud with AWS services on-prem and in the public cloud. VMware also offers VMware Cloud on AWS Outpost for customers that want to bring the strengths of AWS and VMware together in their datacenters.

Link to Outposts GA announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-general-availability-of-aws-outposts/

AWS re:Invent 2019 Keynotes & Further Announcements

If you’re interested in watching any of the keynotes, the re:Invent 2019 YouTube channel has them all here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhr1KZpdzukcAXSVwQ3L9cWD4QgKPCQ5S

Announcements for the dozens of other new technologies we didn’t cover here can be found on the 2019 re:Invent announcement page:
https://aws.amazon.com/new/reinvent/

That’s about everything we’re going to cover. There was so much more announced this year, but these are what I think they key highlights are for. Thanks for reading!

Weekly Update – Week of 12/2/2019

New and Noteworthy:
VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Enters Beta – At AWS re:Invent 2019, VMware is announcing the VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Beta program. We are begining the process for Beta nominations, so if you have an interest in expanding your AWS capabilities to your on-premises datacenter, definitely reach out to your solutions engineer ASAP. For those unfamiliar with the solution, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts is a jointly engineered on-premises as-a-service offering, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. It integrates our Software-Defined Data Center software that runs on next-generation, dedicated, elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal infrastructure, delivered on-premises with optimized access to local and remote AWS cloud services.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 1 December, 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
vCenter Upgrades, What’s in it for You? – 12/17/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-11-22
VMware Horizon Cloud Connector [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 10/14/2019

Thoughts on Clouds:
Recent conversations with a number of my customers have taken on a similar tone as of late: “how can we get to the cloud?”

Many a marketing dollar has been spent over the last five years on planting this question into the minds of organizations around the world. From “Next Gen Stats” ads running during NFL games, to “Digital Transformation” spots running just before showtime at the local cinema, the cloud is waiting, ready to transform your business.

And it is… if approached correctly. I work every day with organizations that are heavily invested in on-premises data centers, that have departments and teams with years of experience and proficiency with well-established toolsets. Many of these teams know that there are products and services offered by various public cloud providers that can enhance their business, but often struggle with where to start. It may just be the old english major in me, but in these situations I find myself asking the same questions to customers, a journalism outline of sorts, to help IT departments and application teams find their footing.

WHAT – What are they key applications or workloads within your organization that are driving meaningful value? This doesn’t necessarily mean driving revenue, but what applications are essential for your organization to function? How can those applications be modernized, improved, or better implemented if migrated to, or re-written for, a public cloud model? Would leveraging services provided by a public cloud provider lead to additional revenue for your organization? Which workloads or applications are worth the investment, in both time and money, to be migrated and tuned for operation in a public cloud model?

WHY – Can these targeted applications and workloads be modernized, but still run in your on-premises (and likely less costly) data centers? Why are the services offered by public cloud providers a better fit than tools or services that can be run on-prem? To what degree? Is public cloud a good fit, or the best fit?

WHERE – Not all public cloud providers are created equal, and the success or failure of a modern application initiative can often hinge upon choosing the provider that will enable your application or workload to drive the most added value. Organizations that have successfully moved to the public cloud understand the differences between the major providers, and also understand that the best choice for “application a” may not be the best choice for “application b”. This multi-cloud approach enables IT departments and application teams to make value-based judgements on a workload-by-workload basis, which in turn maximizes the value delivered back to the organization.

Leaving the friendly confines of an on-prem data center can be an intimidating thought, but doing so in a deliberate and structured fashion can really drive meaningful business outcomes for your organization. Do your research, explore the offerings that are available to your organization, and most importantly, align your initiatives with meaningful business outcomes. Don’t do “IT for IT’s sake”.

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Upcoming Webinars:
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New Releases:
2019-10-16
Amazon RDS on VMWare [Details]

Weekly Update – Week of 8/5/2019

Google Cloud and VMware Extend Strategic Partnership – Google Cloud and VMware Inc. announced Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, a new service that will allow organizations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform, providing customers with choice and flexibility to run VMware workloads on-premises, in a hybrid architecture, or in the cloud. The solution will leverage VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure software, deployed on GCP and designed and operated by CloudSimple, a VMware Cloud Verified partner.

VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and Security – With the amount of interest in our VMware Cloud on AWS offering, Humair Ahmed, Gilles Chekroun, and Nico Vibert have put together an e-book on NSX Networking and Security on this platform. It covers from top to bottom how the NSX stack is implemented on VMC.

New KB articles published for the week ending 27th July,2019 – This contains all of the KB articles that were posted during this week.

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Webinars:

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Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

[No release updates this week]

Labs:

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VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and Security

With the amount of interest in our VMware Cloud on AWS offering, Humair Ahmed, Gilles Chekroun, and Nico Vibert have put together an e-book on NSX Networking and Security on this platform. It covers from top to bottom how the NSX stack is implemented on VMC.

Topics Include:

  • NSX Architecture and Features in VMware Cloud on AWS
  • NSX Networking in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • NSX Security in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • NSX Operational Tools in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • … and more.

Click here to download this free e-book.

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