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AWS Week in Review – November 7, 2016

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Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week. Thanks are due to the 17 internal and external contributors who submitted pull requests!


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New & Notable Open Source

  • Sippy Cup is a Python nanoframework for AWS Lambda and API Gateway.
  • Yesterdaytabase is a Python tool for constantly refreshing data in your staging and test environments with Lambda and CloudFormation.
  • ebs-snapshot-lambda is a Lambda function to snapshot EBS volumes and purge old snapshots.
  • examples is a collection of boilerplates and examples of serverless architectures built with the Serverless Framework and Lambda.
  • ecs-deploy-cli is a simple and easy way to deploy tasks and update services in AWS ECS.
  • Comments-Showcase is a serverless comment webapp that uses API Gateway, Lambda, DynamoDB, and IoT.
  • serverless-offline emulates Lambda and API Gateway locally for development of Serverless projects.
  • aws-sign-web is a JavaScript implementation of AWS Signature v4 for use within web browsers.
  • Zappa implements serverless Django on Lambda and API Gateway.
  • awsping is a console tool to check latency to AWS regions.

New Customer Success Stories

  • Cambia Health Solutions – Cambia Health Solutions creates and invests in innovations designed to serve the changing needs of individuals and families, including a wide range of companies in its Direct Health Solutions Network. Within the portfolio of Direct Health Solutions companies, Wildflower uses AWS to deliver its pregnancy app to more than 50,000 women and HealthSparq delivers its healthcare price transparency app to more than 70 health plans covering 70 million members
  • Europol – Using AWS, Europol deployed its anti-ransomware website in three days, supported 2.6 million visitors on the first day, and has supported 12 million visitors since the website’s launch. Europol, the European Union’s law-enforcement agency, assists European Union member states in their fight against international crime and terrorism.
  • Goodwill Industries – Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia reduces downtime at its stores, schools, and offices, backs up servers hourly, and can restore servers within moments of failure using AWS. The non-profit organization, based in Maple Shade, New Jersey, helps put people to work so they can realize their economic potential.
  • Infor – Infor saves 75 percent on monthly database backup costs, completes application backups 30 percent faster, and keeps pace with global business growth by going all in on AWS. The organization provides enterprise resource planning and other software solutions to a range of enterprises worldwide. Infor runs more than 30 customer-facing applications on the AWS Cloud.
  • Olympusat – Olympusat uses AWS to support its microservices architecture, saving $25,000 a month by eliminating the use of similar, more expensive services. Olympusat is a large independent media company specializing in Spanish-language movie, music, and entertainment television channels.
  • PayFort – PayFort delivers trusted, highly secure services to its customers by using AWS’s Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance credentials. The startup provides its payment solutions to organizations across the Middle East, giving them an easy way to conduct online transactions.

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Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.