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

  • Amazon fraud detector now generally available
  • Amazon LightSail now offers CDN distributions
  • New runtime for Go functions in Lambda
  • Amazon Forecast now uses convolutional neural networks
  • AWS Glue version 2 is in general availability
  • General availability of Amazon EBS io2 volumes
  • CloudWatch logs integration in AWS Toolkit for VS code
  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports the SQL server 2019

Amazon fraud detector now generally available

AWS has announced that Amazon Fraud Detector is now generally available to all AWS customers.  Amazon Fraud Detector is a fully managed service that uses ML (Machine Language) to help you identify potentially fraudulent activities such as creating fake accounts or payment fraud. It uses 20 years of fraud detection expertise from AWS and amazon.com. It easy to use, and in a click, you can create a fraud detection model without any machine learning experience required.


Amazon LightSail now offers CDN distributions

Amazon LightSail now offers content delivery network distributions, allowing you to speed up your content delivery. Amazon LightSail is easy to use a cloud platform, which gives you everything you need to build an application or website on a cost-effectively monthly plan. You can click and launch operating systems, applications like WordPress, and even databases. Also, you can now distribute your application behind a content delivery network or CDN. In the first year, you even get 50GB free.


New runtime for Go functions in Lambda

You can now develop your Lambda functions using Go on Amazon Linux 2, which is the latest generation operating system from AWS. Go is one of the most popular open-source programming languages around at the moment, and it is used at Google, where it was invented. It is still widely used by cutting-edge companies like Twitter,  Uber, Netflix, and Dropbox. So with this new announcement, Go applications running in Lambda can benefit from all the latest features of Amazon Linux 2, including stability, performance, and security enhancements.


Amazon Forecast now uses convolutional neural networks

Amazon forecast uses convolutional neural networks. The Forecast is a service that uses machine learning technology to generate demand forecasts for inventory and workforce planning and cloud infrastructure usage and energy demands. It is a fully managed service, and there is no need for prior knowledge in ML. It will allow you to train the models up to two times faster and up to 30% greater accuracy. This is the same technology used by amazon.com to predict the demand of more than 400 million products every single day.


AWS Glue version 2 is in general availability

Glue is a fully managed ETL, or extract transform and load service which uses Apache Spark.  AWS Glue allows you to prepare and load your data for analytics. This new version features ten times faster start times for Spark ETL jobs per second billing, and a minimum billing duration of one minute is reduced from 10 minutes.  So this means that you can run small jobs faster as well as more cost-effectively.


General availability of Amazon EBS io2 volumes

AWS announces a new EBS (Elastic Block Store) volume type called io2, which comes with a hundred times higher durability and ten times more IOPS per gigabyte. IOPS is the total number of operations per second allowed on a disc. Some disc use cases are IO hungry or maybe latency-sensitive. In 2012, AWS announced EBS volumes with provisioned IOPS,  which came with 10 IOPS per gigabyte, and it is growing steadily to 50 IOPS per gigabyte over the past eight years. With io2 volumes, this has increased to 500 IOPS per gigabyte, which is huge. And these volumes also come with durability. io2 volumes are designed to deliver 99.99% durability, making them more than 2000 times more reliable than a commodity disc drive. It is suitable for business-critical databases and workloads. You can make new io2 volumes and migrate your existing volumes to io2 with a click of a button or a single command within the AWS CLI.

Credits: Amazon Elastic Block Store

CloudWatch logs integration in AWS Toolkit for VS code

We have a new feature in the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code. Visual Studio Code is a great development IDE from Microsoft, and AWS Toolkit is an open-source plugin for Visual Studio Code that makes it easier to create, debug, and deploy applications on AWS. Now they have added CloudWatch logs features to the AWS toolkit, allowing you to interact with its log groups and see the most recent 10000 lines or 1 megabyte of log data straight into Visual Studio Code without having to load your browser and open up the AWS console.


Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL server 2019

AWS has announced Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports SQL server 2019. Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2019 comes with lots of new features, such as accelerated database recovery, intelligent query processing, monitoring improvements, and mission-critical security features.