Lets have a quick peek at this week's AWS updates:

Bring Your Own IP

The Amazon Simple Email service or SES has a feature where you can bring your own IP address. This is useful for the organizations who might have built a solid reputation for not sending spam from their own mail server IP addresses. If they did want to move to SES, they would have to rebuild that reputation and possibly risk being blacklisted if someone else using SES does start sending spam - a risk some organizations wouldn't want to take. So now SES guarantees, you can use your own IP range and you will solely be responsible for your email delivery source address.


Amazon Translate - Batch Translation

Amazon Translate is a  fully managed neural machine translation service which has introduced Batch Translation. You are now able to translate up to a million text or HTML documents in an S3 bucket asynchronously using the Batch Translation service in a single API call which is useful when your application doesn't need a real-time translation. The Batch Translation service accepts a batch of up to five gigabytes per API call with each document not exceeding one megabyte.


Elastic File System now supports Identity and Access Management

EFS is a fully managed network file system which enables file sharing for Linux systems and now you can use IAM to manage client-specific permissions. For example: enforcing read-only permissions for specific IAM roles with access requests logged in CloudTrail.


Cross-region AWS Backup

AWS Backup, which is a centralised backup service allows you to backup data on EBS volumes, RDS and DynamoDB databases as well as Elastic File Systems. AWS Backup now supports cross-region backups so that you can now backup your data to a different region which is great for companies who have compliance requirements to keep a backup of critical data in a different region for disaster recovery.


EFS Single File Restore

You can now restore a single file from an EFS file system instead of having to restore the entire file system. This means, if you only need to restore single corrupted or accidentally deleted files, you don't have to wait for the entire file system to be restored.


Automated Backup for EC2 instances

You can now run on-demand or scheduled backup and recovery for EC2 instances. Previously, automated backups only covered the instances’ EBS volumes but now it will back up everything including instance type, security group, Identity Access Management, role and VPC which gets stored in an AMI. This enables you to restore your EC2 instance in just one step!


EC2 Spot Instances can now be stopped and started

EC2 Spot Instances can now be stopped and started, similar to on-demand EC2 instances. Spot instances allow you to take advantage of unused EC2 capacity at a generous discount of up to 90% compared to the on-demand price. With Spot Instances, you set a maximum price that you 're willing to pay and if the Spot Price exceeds your maximum or when capacity is no longer available, your instance will be terminated, stopped or hibernated. With this new feature, you can now stop and start your Spot Instances yourself, assuming that capacity is still available and is within your maximum price range.