Let's have a quick peek into this weeks AWS updates:

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enabled a new control for requests that AWS services make on your behalf.
  • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling provides notifications via AWS Health Service.
  • AWS has launched the Activate Founder package.
  • Amazon Transcribe can now automatically redact personally identifiable information.
  • CloudWatch allows you to combine multiple alarms.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enabled a new control for requests that AWS services make on your behalf

Recently, the AWS IAM or identity Access Management has enabled a new feature that lets you control the access for the requests made on behalf of the AWS service. For instance, you can grant your IAM principals the ability to launch EC2 instances via CloudFormation without granting direct EC2 access. One can do this by a new condition called "aws:CalledVia," and it's available for use with all services that make requests using the credentials.


Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling provides notifications via AWS Health Service

The new feature of Amazon EC2 auto-scaling helps to publish a notification to the AWS personal/health dashboard and the health API when the EC2 instances fail to launch into the auto-scaling groups. This notification gives you immediate actionable feedback to fix your auto-scaling group's misconfiguration.

Notification Example: Auto Scaling group is not scaling out due to a missing launch template

AWS launches Activate Founders package, offering up to $1,000 in credits to select bootstrapped startups

AWS has launched the Active Founders package, a new set of benefits designed explicitly for bootstrap startups. AWS has offered this package as part of the AWS activate program, and it's open to any startups and founders who have not yet raised venture capital and have no affiliation with incubators or accelerators. Successful applicants receive up to a thousand dollars in AWS activate credits and a year of technical support for free.


Amazon Transcribe now supports automatic content redaction

Amazon Transcribe can now automatically redact personally identifiable information. It is an automatic speech recognition service that allows you to add speech to text capability for your applications. Transcribe can now automatically replace things such as social security number, credit card number, driver's license number, etc. with a PII tag that protects customer data.


Amazon CloudWatch allows you to combine multiple alarms

The Amazon CloudWatch allows you to combine multiple alarms, which are called Composite Alarms. These alarms allow you to create alarms based on the combination of multiple conditions, such as CPU utilization and IO usage. You can also group resources based on application, region, or availability zone and configure a single alarm notification for an entire application.