AWS Monthly Review - April 2016

AWS is innovating fast. This is a summary of what happened during past month.

Announcements and News

  • CloudFormation adds support for EC2 Dedicated Hosts, improves handling of ECS and allows you to specify a name for a Lambda function. (Official Announcement)
  • Define CloudWatch event rules with CloudFormation. (Official Announcement)
  • Kinesis Firehose adds Elasticsearch as additional target for your streaming data. Other supported targets are S3 and Redshift. (Official Announcement)
  • Two important feature announcements regarding Kinesis Streams: time-based shard iterators and shard-level metrics. (Official Announcement)
  • Device Farm adds possibility to access iOS testing devices remotely for debugging and manual tests. (Official Announcement)
  • Managed Platform updates for Elastic Beanstalk perform minor updates automatically within defined maintenance windows. (Official Announcement)
  • Cognito adds possibility for self-controlled user sign-up and sign-in. (Official Announcement)
  • Transfer Acceleration allows you to transfer data to S3 over Internet a lot faster. Edge Locations are used to optimize data transfer. (Official Announcement)
  • New EBS HDD volume types optimized for Big Data workloads (e.g. EMR): Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1). (Official Announcement)
  • CloudFormation adds support for API Gateway. (Official Announcement)
  • New runtime for Lambda: Node.js 4.3. Functions can make use of standard callback now! (Official Announcement)
  • Config Rules now available in 4 regions: US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). Allowing you to check your infrastructure against your compliance rules. (Official Announcement)
  • Machine Learning improved: model data shuffling. (Official Announcement)
  • New features for Route 53 health checks: metric based health checks, failover for private hosted zones, and configurable health check locations. (Official Announcement)
  • API Gateway supports Swagger definition import out-of-the-box. (Official Announcement)
  • Container Registry availbale in EU (Ireland). (Official Announcement)

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