AWS News Blog
AWS Week in Review – November 7, 2022
With three weeks to go until AWS re:Invent opens in Las Vegas, the AWS News Blog Team is hard at work creating blog posts to share the latest launches and previews with you. As usual, we have a strong mix of new services, new features, and a surprise or two.
Last Week’s Launches
Here are some launches that caught my eye last week:
Amazon SNS Data Protection and Masking – After a quick public preview, this cool feature is now generally available. It uses pattern matching, machine learning models, and content policies to help protect data at scale. You can find many different kinds of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) in message bodies and either block message delivery or mask (de-identify) the sensitive data, all in real-time and on a per-topic basis. To learn more, read the blog post or the message data protection documentation.
Amazon Textract Updates – This service extracts text, handwriting, and data from any document or image. This past week we updated the
AnalyzeID function so that it can now extract the machine readable zone (MRZ) on passports issued by the United States, and we added the entire OCR output to the API response. We also updated the machine learning models that power the
AnalyzeDocument function, with a focus on single-character boxed forms commonly found on tax and immigration documents. Finally, we updated the
AnalyzeExpense function with support for new fields and higher accuracy for existing fields, bringing the total field count to more than 40.
Another Amazon Braket Processor – Our quantum computing service now supports Aquila, a new 256-qubit quantum computer from QuEra that is based on a programmable array of neutral Rubidium atoms. According to the What’s New, Aquila supports the Analog Hamiltonian Simulation (AHS) paradigm, allowing it to solve for the static and dynamic properties of quantum systems composed of many interacting particles.
Amazon S3 on Outposts – This service now lets you use additional S3 Lifecycle rules to optimize capacity management. You can expire objects as they age or are replaced with newer versions, with control at the bucket level, or for subsets defined by prefixes, object tags, or object sizes. There’s more info in the What’s New and in the S3 documentation.
AWS CloudFormation – There were two big updates last week: support for Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployments with two readable standbys, and better access to detailed information on failed stack instances for operations on CloudFormation StackSets.
Amazon MemoryDB for Redis – You can now use data tiering as a lower cost way to to scale your clusters up to hundreds of terabytes of capacity. This new option uses a combination of instance memory and SSD storage in each cluster node, with all data stored durably in a multi-AZ transaction log. There’s more information in the What’s New and the blog post.
Amazon EC2 – You can now remove launch permissions for Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that are directly shared with your AWS account.
X in Y – We launched existing AWS services and instance types in additional Regions:
- AWS Outposts rack in Bangladesh
- Up to 10 GB of ephemeral storage for Lambda functions in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions
- Amazon MSK Serverless in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Canada (Central)
- Amazon EKS in Middle East (UAE)
- Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose in Middle East (UAE)
- RDS Custom for SQL Server in Asia Pacific (Seoul), Canada (Central), and South America (São Paulo)
- RDS Multi-AZ with 2x Faster Transaction Commit Latency in 12 Additional Regions
Other AWS News
Here are some additional news items that you may find interesting:
AWS Open Source News and Updates – My colleague Ricardo Sueiras highlights new open source projects, tools, and demos from the AWS Community. Read Installment 134 to see what’s going on!
New Case Study – A new AWS case study describes how Taggle (a company focused on smart water solutions in Australia) created an IoT platform that runs on AWS and uses Amazon Kinesis Data Streams to store & ingest data in real time. Using AWS allowed them to scale to accommodate 80,000 additional sensors that will roll out in 2022.
Upcoming AWS Events
re:Invent 2022 – AWS re:Invent is just three weeks away! Join us live from November 28th to December 2nd for keynotes, training and certification opportunities, and over 1,500 technical sessions. If you cannot make it to Las Vegas you can also join us online to watch the keynotes and leadership sessions live. Be sure to check out the re:Invent 2022 Attendee Guides, each curated by an AWS Hero, AWS industry team, or AWS partner.
PeerTalk – If you will be attending re:Invent in person and are interested in meeting with me or any of our featured experts, be sure to check out PeerTalk, our new onsite networking program.
That’s all for this week!
This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS.