AWS re:Invent Keynote Wrap-Up

Yesterday at AWS re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy (SVP, Amazon Web Services) announced, as expected, a set of new products and services that will be available to Amazon’s customers.

Two strong thematics emerged from this session, a renewed commitment towards specific needs of large enterprises and a the will to provide innovation through open source technologies.

Here is a brief list of the announcements:

  • Amazon Aurora: A new MySQL-compatible database engine that automatically provides 6-way data replication across 3 AWS AZs (Availability Zones) and make use of quorum writesAvailable in limited preview in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region.
  • AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodePipeline: A set of tools, aimed to developers and devOps, that provides deployment, managed revision control and software release automation on AWS’ instances. Generally available in all AWS Regions.
  • AWS Key Management Service (KMS): KMS allows customers to centrally manage their encryption keys through the Management Console or a set of APIs. KMS also offers a key usage audit service that helps to find out when and where specific keys are used. Generally available in all AWS Regions.
  • AWS Config: This new service tracks the changes of customers AWS resources (creations, deletions, property changes, etc) and the relationship between them. Customers can now enforce and monitor their own policies through AWS Management Console or their own, supported, CMP (Cloud Management Platform). Available in limited preview in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region.
  • AWS Service Catalog: One of the most awaited enterprise-grade features. A Service Catalog will be available for each AWS account, administrators can create several Portfolios (for example one for each different business line) each one containing a set of versioned Products (Stacks of AWS resources managed as a unit). Portfolios and Products can be arranged in Portal views that users can access in a dedicated interface, browse and use to launch what they need autonomously. Service availability hasn’t been announced.