Amazon Web Services wrapped the December portion of its virtual re:Invent 2020 conference last week after announcing more than 50 new products and services exemplifying the top-ranked cloud provider’s rapid pace of innovation.
Hybrid cloud offerings were front and center as CEO Andy Jassy unveiled smaller formats of AWS Outposts, additional AWS Local Zones and the extension of AWS container and Kubernetes services to on-premise deployments with Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Anywhere and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS).
New products such as Graviton2-powered C6gn instances, larger and faster io2 Block Express volumes in compute/storage and the AWS Proton application management service all are aligned to the evolving application and infrastructure modernization needs of AWS’ enterprise customers, said Krishna Mohan, vice president and global head of the AWS business unit at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an AWS Premier Consulting Partner based in Mumbai, India.
“It’s also great to see their approach of integrating AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning) at a foundational level of their product lines, making them intelligent and driving immediate value to enterprise customers,” Mohan said, pointing to the new SageMaker Data Wrangler, Feature Store and Pipelines releases, and Amazon Connect Wisdom. “Andy’s approach of redefining hybrid cloud that caters to both IT and IoT and driving industry solutions is most relevant in driving business transformation across manufacturing, healthcare and aviation industries through HPC (high-performance computing), machine data and computer vision.”
Jassy announced several offerings that won’t be available for up to six to 12 months from now, including the AWS Trainium custom ML chip, Amazon ECS Anywhere and Amazon EKS Anywhere, and the open source project for the new Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL, which allows Microsoft SQL Server customers to move to less expensive PostgreSQL databases.
“AWS has normalized the practice of announcing something before it’s ready for release or even preview,” said Jeff Valentine, chief technology officer at CloudCheckr, a cloud management platform provider and AWS Advanced Technology Partner based in Rochester, N.Y. “This could prove to be a very useful strategy, as it forecasts to AWS’ competitors what they are working on, so they spend their resources playing catch-up.”
Here’s a breakdown of AWS’ announcements of new products and services at re:Invent, which continues with 200-plus new sessions on Jan. 12-14.