What the Enterprise Needs to Know About the AWS Summit

AWS Announces Availability of P2 Instances for Amazon EC2Amazon Web Services (AWS) held their annual summit Wednesday and the tech giant took advantage of their time in the spotlight to announce a cornucopia of new features for the enterprise.

Before we dive into the meat of the news, here’s an interesting fact Amazon.com Inc. intentionally leaked at the event: the press releases and product FAQ’s are done before a single piece of code is written, Silicon Angle reported.

Now let’s break down some other key unveilings:

Bringing SaaS Contracts to the AWS Marketplace

Enterprises utilize SaaS contracts in order to pay for subscription software through the AWS Marketplace over one, two or three years. Bringing them to the AWS marketplace means existing clients are able to use the same payment settings that they have set for Amazon’s cloud platform. CEO Doug Merritt cited that as the reason why Splunk decided to engage with the program, according to PCWorld.com.

Machine learning tools enhanced

Amazon has a machine learning-based image detection service, Rekognition, and that now has a new feature: support for automatically moderating content. Therefore, the service will capture an image and provide a score that reflects if it thinks the image could be objectionable.

And Amazon’s Lex, the natural-language understanding service, became generally available on Wednesday.

Launch of AWS CodeStar

AWS released CodeStar, a tool with an integrated environment for developing software and managing delivery in AWS. It features product templates, continuous integration flow, and eliminates switching between tools for developers.

Database Services Boost

The Amazon Redshift database service got a facelift and now has a new feature that allows users to query data in the tech giant’s Simple Storage Service (S3). With Redshift Spectrum, developers can query tables in S3 or Redshift.

According to PCWorld.com, it was produced for businesses that are looking to run queries across exabytes or petabytes of data that would normally take a large amount of time and power.

And Amazon’s DynamoDB has a new caching tool; the DynamoDB Accelerator is a fully managed in-memory cache users can launch from the AWS console.

Users of Amazon’s virtual private cloud feature may want to try the new VPC Endpoints feature with the DynamoDB database service “to keep traffic between different database instances within their VPC instance,” PCWorld.com reported.

And the PostgreSQL-compatible version of Amazon’s Aurora database service is in open beta as of Wednesday. F1 instances and AWS X-Ray, which the tech giant previously announced, are now generally available as well.

Ashley Troutman

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