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In Cloud Computing This Week [Nov 6th 2020]

Written by Team Hava | November 6, 2020

This week's roundup of all the cloud news.


Here's all the news from AWS, Azure and GCP for the week ending November 6th 2020.

AWS IoT SDK for Embedded C version 202011.00 now includes refactored coreHTTP, AWS IoT Device Defender, and AWS IoT Jobs libraries

AWS IoT Device SDK for Embedded C (C-SDK) version 202011.00 now includes refactored coreHTTP, AWS IoT Device Defender, and AWS IoT Jobs libraries alongside of the existing coreMQTT, coreJSON, and AWS IoT Device Shadow libraries. All libraries have been optimized for memory usage and modularity, and have undergone code quality checks (e.g. MISRA-C compliance , Coverity static analysis ), and validation of memory safety with the C Bounded Model Checker (CBMC ) automated reasoning tool. 

AWS Lambda now supports Amazon MQ for Apache ActiveMQ as an event source

AWS Lambda now supports Amazon MQ for Apache ActiveMQ as an event source to give customers more choices for messaging services to use with their serverless application. Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Customers can build applications quickly and easily with Lambda functions that are invoked based on messages posted to Amazon MQ message brokers without needing to worry about provisioning or managing servers.  

AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup now supports targeting a resource group

AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup now enables you to target your setup to a specific resource group in an AWS account. Now, with a single click you can enable operational actions, such as patch compliance scanning and instance inventory collection, on a logical grouping of resources such as an application or environment.

Amazon Redshift announces Open Source JDBC and Python drivers

Amazon Redshift JDBC and Python drivers are now open source and available for the user community under the Apache-2.0 license. With this release, AWS customers will gain enhanced visibility to the driver implementation and can contribute to its development. Users can now browse the code for both drivers on the relevant AWS GitHub repositories, submit driver functionality enhancements through Git Pull Requests, and report issues for review.

AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter now integrates with Amazon CloudWatch for easier diagnosis and remediation of alarms

Starting today, you can configure Amazon CloudWatch alarms to automatically create operational issues in AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter. This enables operations engineers and IT professions to view, investigate, and resolve operational issues related to AWS resources from a central place, helping reduce time to issue resolution. Amazon CloudWatch enables you to collect monitoring data for AWS resources and applications, and allows you to generate alarms based on configured thresholds. 

AWS Client VPN now supports Client Connect Handler

AWS Client VPN is a managed, scalable, virtual private network service that enables users to securely access both AWS resources and on-premises networks.

AWS Fargate for Amazon ECS launches features focused on configuration and metrics

AWS Fargate for Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) announced features to improve configuration and metrics of containers: environment files, secret versions and JSON keys, granular network metrics, and more metadata.

Amazon EMR service limits can now be managed through AWS Service Quotas

You can now use AWS Service Quotas to view and manage your Amazon EMR service limits, also known as quotas, from a central location via the AWS console, API, or AWS CLI. Using AWS Service Quotas, you can view your service limits in one place and eliminate the need to go to multiple sources or maintain your own list.  

Amazon Kendra adds Confluence Cloud connector

Amazon Kendra is a highly accurate and easy to use intelligent search service powered by machine learning. Starting today, AWS customers can automatically index and search content that is contained in Confluence Cloud repositories using Kendra's new built-in Confluence Cloud connector.

Savings Plans Alerts now available in AWS Cost Management

Savings Plans is a flexible pricing model that offers savings of up to 72% on your Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda, and Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate type usage, in exchange for a commitment to a consistent amount of compute usage (measured in $/hour) for a 1 or 3 year term. When you purchase a Savings Plan, you will be charged the discounted Savings Plans price for your usage up to your commitment.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports defining a custom name for your domain endpoint

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now provides the ability to define a custom endpoint for your domain and associate an SSL certificate from AWS Certificate Manager (ACM). Defining a friendly name makes it easier for your users to access Kibana, and allows you to move to a new domain without updating your clients.

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Database Mail

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Database Mail. With Database Mail you can send email messages from your Amazon RDS for SQL Server database instance. After specifying the email recipient(s), you can add files or query results to the message you send. 

AWS Service Catalog now supports StackSet instance operations

AWS Service Catalog now supports Stack Set instance operations. With this new feature, end-users can control the individual instances for their StackSets, within the constraints specified by their AWS Service Catalog administrator.

Introducing EC2 Instance rebalance recommendation for EC2 Spot Instances

Starting this week, you can proactively rebalance your workloads running on EC2 Spot Instances without having to wait until the Spot Instance receives a two minute Instance interruption notice. You now have access to a new feature called “EC2 Instance rebalance recommendation”, a signal that notifies you when a Spot Instance is at elevated risk of interruption. The signal can arrive sooner than the two minute Spot Instance interruption notice, giving you the opportunity to proactively rebalance your workload to new or existing Spot Instances that are not at elevated risk of interruption. For example, you can start checkpointing your work early to save as much state as possible before the instance is interrupted. Or you can prevent scheduling new work onto the Spot Instances that received the rebalance recommendation, thus increasing the chance of completing the work.

AWS Client VPN announces self service portal to download VPN profiles and desktop applications

The Client VPN self-service portal is a read-only web portal that helps end-users of Client VPN to download VPN Profile and updated versions of AWS Client VPN desktop application. End-users will be able to download the VPN profile and desktop application directly to their computers. We will also continue to support the ability for end-users to directly download the desktop application without the need to enter any credentials.  

Amazon CloudWatch launches Metrics Explorer

Amazon CloudWatch launches Metrics Explorer – a tag-based dashboard tool that enables customers to filter, aggregate, and visualize operational health and performance metrics by tags. Metrics Explorer provides customers with a flexible troubleshooting experience, allowing them to build their tag-based application health dashboards, identify correlations, and quickly analyse their operational data to pinpoint issues. These tag-based dashboards will stay up to date as resources come and go, and they will help customers to identify the root cause and quickly isolate the issues when an alarm occurs on an application or environment. 

Introducing Document Understanding Solution

Document Understanding Solution is a new AWS Solutions Implementation that provides an easy-to-use web application that extracts text from documents, identifies structural data (tables, key value pairs), extracts critical information (entities), and creates smart search indexes from the data. Additionally, files can be uploaded directly to and analyzed files can be accessed from your AWS account. Part of the Intelligent Document Processing services offered from AWS, this solution uses AWS artificial intelligence (AI) services to solve business problems that apply to various industry verticals:

  • Search and discovery: Search information across multiple scanned documents, PDFs, and images
  • Compliance: Redact information from documents
  • Workflow automation: Easily plugs into your existing upstream and downstream applications

AWS Launch Wizard now supports single-instance deployments of SQL Server on Windows and Linux

You can now use AWS Launch Wizard to perform single-instance deployments of Microsoft SQL Server on Windows Server and Ubuntu Server.  

Amazon Kinesis Data Streams enables data stream retention up to one year

You can now store streaming data for up to one year in Amazon Kinesis Data Streams. Long term retention of streaming data enables you to use the same platform for both real-time and older data retained in Amazon Kinesis Data Streams. For example, you can train machine learning algorithms for financial trading, marketing personalization, and recommendation models without moving the data into a different data store or writing a new application. You can also satisfy certain data retention regulations, including under HIPAA and FedRAMP, using long term retention. You only pay for data stored and retrieved without provisioning additional storage or compute resources.

Amazon RDS Data API supports tag-based authorization

RDS Data API now supports tag-based authorization to enable easy management of access to Amazon Aurora Serverless clusters.  

Amazon Kendra now available in Asia-Pacific (Sydney) AWS region

Starting today, AWS customers can use Amazon Kendra to build intelligent search applications in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region.

AWS IoT SiteWise now supports AWS CloudFormation

AWS IoT SiteWise now supports AWS CloudFormation, enabling customers to create and manage SiteWise Asset Models, Assets and Gateway resources using CloudFormation.

AWS PrivateLink support for Amazon Braket

Amazon Braket now supports AWS PrivateLink, providing private connectivity between Amazon Braket, Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), and on-premises applications. Amazon Braket is a fully managed quantum computing service that enables researchers and developers to explore quantum algorithms, test them on quantum circuit simulators, and run them on different quantum hardware technologies. 

AWS CodeArtifact now supports resource tagging

AWS CodeArtifact now supports resource tagging making it simpler for customers to manage their CodeArtifact resources.  


GCP Cloud SQL now supports PostgreSQL 13

This week, Google announced that Cloud SQL, GCP's fully managed database service for PostgreSQL, MySQL, and SQL Server, now supports PostgreSQL 13. With PostgreSQL 13 available shortly after its community GA, you get access to the latest features of PostgreSQL while letting Cloud SQL handle the heavy operational lifting, so your team can focus on accelerating application delivery.  


Google Document AI Platform

Transforming documents into structured data increases the speed of decision making for companies, unlocking measurable business value and helping develop better experiences for customers. 

Historically, doing this at scale hasn’t been efficient. This is why Google Cloud has worked to help businesses use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to automate these processes, and why we’re excited to announce the new Document AI (DocAI) platform, a unified console for document processing.


New GCP Cloud CDN Features

The week Google released 3 new Cloud CDN features including Cache modes, setting or overriding cache TTLs and custom response headers. 


New azure powershell module

This new Azure Migrate PowerShell module that is currently in preview, provides a set of PowerShell cmdlets that lets you migrate VMware virtual machines to Azure using the agentless migration method of the server migration tool. Using the PowerShell cmdlets in the module, you’ll be able to configure and manage replication of VMware virtual machines to Azure, perform test migrations, and then migrate them to Azure virtual machines. In other words, with the availability of these cmdlets, you can now use the familiar Azure PowerShell experience to perform migrations in an automated repeatable manner and achieve the migration scale and velocity you need.


UPComing Events:   


New digital course: Advanced Testing Practices using AWS DevOps Tools

This new digital course, Advanced Testing Practices using AWS DevOps Tools, teaches you how to improve application reliability and security by integrating and automating testing into your AWS DevOps pipelines. This advanced course is designed for DevOps engineers and developers who have significant experience with DevOps methodology and practices.

Read more about the course here »

Coursera is offering on month of no-cost access to 6 GCP certification courses until November 19th.

These include:

  • Google Cloud Networking Professional Certificate
  • Google Cloud Security Professional Certificate
  • Google Cloud SRE and DevOps Engineer
  • GCP Associate Cloud Engineer
  • GCP Cloud Architect
  • GCP Professional Data Engineer

Read more : https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/training-certifications/google-cloud-certification-training-on-coursera

Azure Virtual Events

Microsoft have a full schedule of Virtual Events

A  full list including session times and details are here : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/events/

AWS Events:

AWS events are pretty fluid at the moment, with most in-person events being cancelled or postponed. There are a number that have been taken online and full details can be found here: https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Thanks for reading again this week, we hope you found something useful. 

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