AWS Monthly Review - May 2016

Andreas Wittig – 31 May 2016

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

Announcements and News

  • AWS Certificate Manager allows to generate SSL/TLS certificates in the following regions: US East (N.Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo). (Official Announcement)
  • Important announcement for Elastic Container Service (ECS): you are now able to scale the number of tasks of a service automatically. (Official Announcement)
  • Kinesis Firehose added configurable retry duration of up to 7200 seconds for ingesting data (COPY) into Redshift. (Official Announcement)
  • Does my problem fit into memory? Probably yes: X1 instances are now available: 1,952 GB memory, 128 vCPUs, 10 Gbps Network Bandwith. (Official Announcement)
  • Elastic Beanstalk adds support for AWS Certificate Manager. Allows you to setup SSL/TLS for your applications easily at no extra costs for certificates. (Official Announcement)
  • Want to see what happens on your EC2 instance? It is now possible to get access to screenshots of the instance console. (Official Announcement)
  • Elastic Transcoder adds support for MPEG-DASH, a popular format used for adaptive bitrate streaming of video. (Official Announcement)
  • Amazing performance improvements for Redshift: 2x throughput performance + 10x faster UNION ALL and VACUUM. (Official Announcement) and (Official Announcement)
  • ElastiCache is able to export snapshots to a S3 bucket of your choice. Would be great to see this feature for RDS as well! (Official Announcement)
Andreas Wittig

Andreas Wittig

I’m an independent consultant, technical writer, and programming founder. All these activities have to do with AWS. I’m writing this blog and all other projects together with my brother Michael.

In 2009, we joined the same company as software developers. Three years later, we were looking for a way to deploy our software—an online banking platform—in an agile way. We got excited about the possibilities in the cloud and the DevOps movement. It’s no wonder we ended up migrating the whole infrastructure of Tullius Walden Bank to AWS. This was a first in the finance industry, at least in Germany! Since 2015, we have accelerated the cloud journeys of startups, mid-sized companies, and enterprises. We have penned books like Amazon Web Services in Action and Rapid Docker on AWS, we regularly update our blog, and we are contributing to the Open Source community. Besides running a 2-headed consultancy, we are entrepreneurs building Software-as-a-Service products.

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