In these upcoming blogs you’ll find a summary of the top announcements made at AWS reinvent 2020. We’ll be listing them up by category, alphabetically. Should you have any questions about the newest tools, services or updates – be sure to contact our experts!

In this blogpost (Part 1) we’ll be highlighting the important announcements that the experts of Lucy noted, on Day 1, in the following categories: Analytics, Computing and Containers.
Want to know everything about Databases, Machine Learning & Storage? Be sure to check out Part 2, which is coming soon!

AWS reInvent 2020 top announcements category 1: Analytics

#1 NEW! Amazon announced the preview of Amazon Quicksight Q, yesterday at AWS reinvent 2020.

What is it?
It’s a Natural Language Query (NLQ) feature powered by machine learning (ML).
Did you know Quicksight is actually the first Business Intelligence (BI) service with Pay-per-Session pricing?

Why should I care?
Because by introducing Q, you can now use Quicksight to ask questions about your data using everyday language. You just type in your question in the search bar and there you go. Next to that, more good news! You’ll be receiving (accurate) answers in just seconds!

For example, you can ask questions such a, “What is my year-to-date year-over-year sales growth? Or “Which products grew the most year-over-year?” or “Compare sales product X with sales product Y.” And then receive accurate responses in just a few seconds.

How?
Q automatically parses the questions to understand your intent. Then it retrieves the data corresponding to your question and returns your needed answer in the form of a number, a chart or a table in Quicksight itself. To do so Q uses machine-learning algorithms to understand the relationships across your data. Finally, it builds indexes to provide you with the accurate answers you seek.

Read more about Amazon Quicksight Q here.

AWS reInvent 2020 top announcements category 2: Computing

We’ve got some great announcements in this category this year at AWS reinvent 2020! You can always click on the links to get more detailed insights from AWS themselves. Wondering if your business can benefit from any of these services? Contact our experts!

#1 NEW! AWS announced the new Mac instance!

Listening to you all, their users, they’ve heard you cries for the ability to run macOS on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). So AWS asked around, and tried to map and understand your needs. So now they finally introduced Amazon EC2 Mac instances to build & test macOS, iOS, ipadOS, tvOS and watchOs apps!

It’s powered by Mac mini hardware and the AWS Nitro System. This means, you can use these Amazon EC2 Mac instances to build, test, package, and sign Xcode applications for the Apple platform. The instances also feature an 8th generation, 6-core Intel  Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processor running at 3.0 GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 4.6 GHz).

Read more on this new Mac instance here.

#2 NEW! AWS announced that they’re expanding their broad Arm-based Graviton2 portfolio with C6gn instances.

They will deliver up to 100 Gbps network bandwidth, up to 38 Gbps Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth. Next to that expect up to 40% higher packet processing performance, and up to 40% better price/performance vs comparable current generation x86-based network optimized instances.

That means that customers with workloads that need high networking bandwidth. As such, things like high performance computing (HPC), network appliance, real-time video communications and data analytics will be able to bring their biggest and most challenging applications to Arm. Meaning they will be able to take advantage of the performance and cost-optimization.

Read more here.

#3 NEW! AWS announced the new R5b instance, that provides the best network-attached storage performance available on EC2.

What is an R5 instance?
R5 instances are designed for memory intensive applications such as high performing databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, in-memory databases, real time big data analytics and other enterprise applications.

Why should I care?
If you’re a customer operating storage performance sensitive workloads, you can migrate from R5 to R5b to consolidate your existing workloads into fewer or smaller instances. This will reduce the cost of both infrastructure and licensed commercial software working on those instances. It’s simplifying the migration path for large commercial database applications. Next to this, it also improves storage performance for current RDS customers by up to 3x.

Read more here.

#4 NEW! AWS announced they’re rounding up duration to the nearest millisecond with no execution time.

With this new pricing you are going to pay less most of the time. However it will be more noticeable when you have functions whose execution time is much lower than 100ms like for instance low latency API’s. This pricing creates a real incentive to optimize the duration of functions even if it’s already well below 100ms. Your engineering efforts can reduce costs even more.

Read more here.

#5 NEW! AWS announced the ability to package and deploy Lambda functions as container images of up to 10GB in size.

Why should I care?
Well, this way you can easily build and deploy larger workloads that rely on sizeable dependencies. We’re talking about things such as machine learning or data intensive workloads.

AWS is also providing base images for all the supported Lambda runtimes (Python, Node.js, Java, .NET, Go, Ruby). This means you can easily add your code and dependencies. Next to that AWS also has base images for custom runtimes based on Amazon Linux. You can extend these to include your own runtime implementing the Lambda Runtime API.

Read more here.

AWS reInvent 2020 top announcements category 3: Containers

We’ve captured the most important announcements made at AWS reinvent 2020 concerning containers. Let’s go!

#1 NEW! AWS is sharing Amazon EKS Distro, which they built using the knowledge of how to deliver Kubernetes with operational security, stability and reliability.

What is it?
It’s a distribution of the same version of Kubernetes deployed by Amazon EKS.

Why should I care?
You can use this to manually create your own Kubernetes clusters anywhere you choose.

EKS Distro provides the installable builds and code of open source Kubernetes used by Amazon EKS. This includes the dependencies and AWS-maintained patches. Using a choice of cluster creation and management tooling, you can now create EKS Distro clusters in AWS on EC2 in other clouds & on your on-premises hardware.

Read more here.

#2 NEW! With the release of Amazon Elastic Container Registry Public you can now host public container images on AWS Amazon Elastic Container Registry.

This enables anyone (with or without and AWS account) to browse and pull your published containers.

What is it?
ECR Public allows you to store, manage, share and deploy container images for anyone to discover and download globally.

As part of the announcement, a new website allows you to browse and search for public container images. It also allows you to view developer provided details and discover the commands you need to pull containers.

Read more here.

#3 PREVIEW! AWS announces the preview of AWS Proton: automated management for container and serverless deployments.

What is it?
It’s a new services that helps you automate and manage infrastructure provisioning and code deployments for serverless and container-based applications.

Why should I care?
Maintaining hundreds or sometimes even thousands, of micro services with constantly changing infrastructure resources and configurations is a challenging task for even the most capable teams. That’s why Amazon Proton enables these infrastructure teams to define standard templates centrally and make them available for developers in their organization. This allows these same teams to manage and update their infrastructure without impacting developer productivity.

Read more here.

Conclusion on the announcements made at AWS reInvent 2020 (Part 1)

Many new and interesting announcements were made.

The most obvious common indicator is AWS listening to their users. But more importantly they’re creating the tools, services and updates that are needed and/or wanted by their community. However these announcements above aren’t the only ones made on the first day of the convention. Be sure to check out our blog section tomorrow for the continuation of this series with Part 2! We’ll be talking about the announcements made for categories like Database, Machine Learning & Storage. So stay tuned!