A Quick Preview of AWS re:Invent 2018

Trent Warren
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One of the biggest technology conferences in the world is here! DoubleHorn and Liftr Cloud Insights will both be in attendance at AWS re:Invent 2018, the four-day convention occurring this week in Las Vegas. Uttam Reddy, SVP of Sales and Marketing will represent DoubleHorn while Principal Analyst Paul Teich will be there for Liftr Cloud Insights.

“re:Invent is critical for DoubleHorn to learn about the newest capabilities AWS has to offer,” said Reddy. “It also allows me to engage their senior leadership to provide feedback from our customers.”

AWS re:Invent 2017 Recap

Last year, AWS focused its event on two major components – artificial intelligence and containers – highlighting new APIs, integrated tools, and a new browser-based integrated development environment (IDE). Amazon unleashed new features for its AI Rekognition computer vision service. At AWS re:Invent 2017, Amazon announced AI Rekognition’s improved video analysis with the new ability of detection and facial recognition during live streams.

AWS’s biggest announcement last year was its launch of AWS Cloud9, a cloud-based IDE that lets you code with just a browser. With AWS’s Cloud9, users can quickly share their development environment with their team and code together in real-time, with the ability to chat with team members from within the IDE. Creating an IDE with collaborative features allows for greater productivity that users can take on the go with Cloud9.

What to Expect at AWS re:Invent 2018?

Now fast forward to 2018 and AWS re:Invent 2018 is sure to be bigger and better. Janakiram Msv, analyst, advisor and an architect at Janakiram & Associates, anticipates several themes to be presented at this year’s conference. Expect a heavy dose on topics such as compute, AIOps, and databases just to name a few.

Compute

At AWS re:Invent 2017, we saw the release of Amazon EKS, or its elastic container service for Kubernetes software, which makes it simpler to install, manage, and scale containerized applications using Kubernetes on AWS.

Kubernetes software “manages a cluster of compute instances and schedules containers to run on the cluster based on the available compute resources and the resource requirements of each container.”

Janakiram Msv anticipates a more streamlined version of Amazon EKS that better aligns with other AWS managed services like Amazon RDS providing a smoother experience. Currently, AWS customers must jump over numerous hurdles just to get a Kubernetes cluster up and running. In addition, Msv predicts there will be more new features for EKS including node auto-upgrades, auto repair, and autoscaling just to name a few.

Increasing the flexibility of EKS deployments will help bridge the gap between fully-orchestrated containerized applications running in on-premises datacenters with those in the cloud, giving organizations the ability to extend their workloads into the cloud without giving up the security and orchestration underpinning their DevOps infrastructure today.

AIOps

Last year, Amazon’s platform-as-a-service application SageMaker was introduced at re:Invent 2017 which allows developers and data scientists to swiftly and effortlessly build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale.

Recently, AWS announced that SageMaker has improved with better search and workflow management capabilities. With the new Amazon SageMaker Search, data scientists and developers can rapidly find and evaluate the most relevant model training runs from thousands of the potentially thousands of Amazon SageMaker model training runs, from the AWS console.

While artificial intelligence is always a popular topic in the world of technology, Janakiram Msv expects AWS to announce new features under AIOps, a combination of AI with cloud operations. For example, Msv anticipates AWS services such as Trusted Advisor to be able to “recommend the correct split between reserved instances, on-demand, and spot pricing even before a workload is deployed.”

In fact, a very similar feature was announced for EC2 last week as part of EC2 auto-scaling.  Amazon will be able to use aggregated usage information from cloud customers to define and build a reliable model for scaling resources, removing the administrative burden of trying to predict demand.

AWS Trusted Advisor is an online resource that helps customers reduce cost, increase performance, and improve security with real-time guidance by following AWS best practices.

Databases

Finally, Janakiram Msv predicts that Amazon Aurora, which is a born-in-the-cloud database, “may evolve into a global database with support for multiple read and write master instances across regions.”

Aurora is a “MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud that mixes performance and availability of traditional enterprise databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.”

Aurora would become a global, multi-master relational database, used for most transaction-processing systems. SQL databases like Dynamo and Cosmos aren’t built on the concept of “eventual consistency,” meaning that data will eventually be copied around the system as it’s added, changed and deleted. This is more difficult for relational databases like SQL servers, as stored procedures and functions may rely on always-consistent data, which requires a high-level of connectivity between nodes (concurrency) and is much more demanding, architecturally, to build and ensure consistency for.

Events at re:Invent 2018:

As normal, AWS re:Invent 2018 will have content sessions across five venues including ARIA, Bellagio, MGM, Mirage, and the Venetian. re:Invent 2018 is slated to bring over a thousand sessions over the week including its usual Hackathons and Bootcamps where conference attendees can get hands-on with solving case problems. re:Invent 2018 will also have breakout content sessions for those with different levels of AWS pedigrees: introductory, advanced, and expert. Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Key Note Speakers:

As usual, AWS re:Invent 2018 will have its notable keynote speakers which will be live streamed here.

Monday Night Live with Peter DeSantis, VP, AWS Global Infrastructure | Monday, Nov. 26, 7:30pm – 9pm PST

Global Partner Keynote featuring Terry Wise, VP of Global Alliances, Ecosystems, and Channels | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 8:30AM – 10:30AM PST

Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services | Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8:00 – 10:30 AM PST

Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com | Thursday, Nov. 29, 8:30 – 10:30 AM PST

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