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Top Announcements of the AWS Summit in New York, 2023

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It’ll be a full house as the AWS Summit gets underway in New York City on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. The cloud event has something for everyone including a keynote, breakout sessions, opportunities to network, and of course, to learn about the latest exciting AWS product announcements.

Today, we’re sharing a selection of announcements to get the fun started. We’ll also share major updates from Wednesday’s keynote, so check back for more exciting news to come soon.

If you want to attend the event virtually, you can still register for the keynote livestream.

(This post was last updated: 5:35 p.m. PST, July 25, 2023.)

AWS product announcements from July 25, 2023

Introducing AWS HealthImaging — purpose-built for medical imaging at scale
This new HIPAA-eligible service empowers healthcare providers and their software partners to store, analyze, and share medical imaging data at petabyte scale.

Amazon Redshift now supports querying Apache Iceberg tables (preview)
Apache Iceberg, one of the most recent open table formats, has been used by many customers to simplify data processing on rapidly expanding and evolving tables stored in data lakes.

AWS Glue Studio now supports Amazon Redshift Serverless
Before this launch, developers using Glue Studio only had access to Redshift tables in Redshift clusters. Now, those same developers can connect to Redshift Serverless tables directly without manual configuration.

Snowflake connectivity for AWS Glue for Apache Spark is now generally available
AWS Glue for Apache Spark now supports native connectivity to Snowflake, which enables users to read and write data without the need to install or manage Snowflake connector libraries.

AWS Glue jobs can now include AWS Glue DataBrew Recipes
The new integration makes it simpler to deploy and scale DataBrew jobs and gives DataBrew users access to AWS Glue features not available in DataBrew.

Top Announcements of AWS re:Invent 2022

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AWS VP and Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr, plus a select group of AWS Developer Advocate colleagues, have personally chosen their picks for some of the most impactful and exciting product and service launches to debut at AWS re:Invent 2022. From now through Dec. 1, we’ll update this page daily with links to their AWS News Blog posts (plus a few noteworthy preview posts) so you can dive deeper once the launches have been announced.

As always, there’s simply too much for the team to cover and even if a launch doesn’t make this list, that doesn’t mean it’s not noteworthy. Make sure to check out What’s New for a complete rundown of all the AWS re:Invent 2022 announcements.

Here are a few more resources to help you keep up with all the re:Invent news:

(This post was updated: 10:23 p.m. PST, Nov. 27, 2022.)

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Analytics | Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning | Compute | Database | Management Tools | Migration & Transfer Services |


New for Amazon Transcribe – Real-Time Analytics During Live Calls
Real-time call analytics provides APIs for developers to accurately transcribe live calls and at the same time identify customer experience issues and sentiment in real time.

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Classifying and Extracting Mortgage Loan Data with Amazon Textract
The new API was created in response to requests from major lenders in the industry to help them process applications faster and reduce errors, which improves the end-customer experience and lowers operating costs.

Preview: Amazon CodeWhisperer Adds Enterprise Administrative Controls, Simple Sign-up, and Support for New Languages
Administrators can now easily integrate CodeWhisperer with their existing workforce identity solutions, provide access to users and groups, and configure organization-wide settings.


New – Amazon ECS Service Connect Enables Easy Communication Between Microservices
This new capability simplifies building and operating resilient distributed applications. You can add a layer of resilience to your ECS service communication and get traffic insights with no changes to your application code.


New – Amazon RDS Optimized Reads and Optimized Writes
These two new features will accelerate your Amazon RDS for MySQL workloads.

New – Fully Managed Blue/Green Deployments in Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS
This new feature for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility, Amazon RDS for MySQL, and Amazon RDS for MariaDB, enables you to make database updates safer, simpler, and faster.

Management Tools

Protect Sensitive Data with Amazon CloudWatch Logs
This new set of capabilities for Amazon CloudWatch Logs leverages pattern matching and machine learning (ML) to detect and protect sensitive log data in transit.

New – Amazon CloudWatch Cross-Account Observability
This new capability lets you search, analyze, and correlate cross-account telemetry data stored in CloudWatch such as metrics, logs, and traces.

Preview: Amazon CloudWatch Internet Monitor Provides End-to-End Visibility into Internet Performance for your Applications
This new capability gives visibility into how an internet issue might impact the performance and availability of your applications. It allows you to reduce the time it takes to diagnose internet issues from days to minutes.


New – Announcing Amazon EFS Elastic Throughput
This new throughput mode is designed to provide your applications with as much throughput as they need with pay-as-you-use pricing.

New for AWS Backup – Protect and Restore Your CloudFormation Stacks
You now have an automated solution to create and restore your applications with a simplified experience, eliminating the need to manage custom scripts.

New – Amazon Redshift Support in AWS Backup

AWS Backup allows you to define a central backup policy to manage data protection of your applications and can now also protect your Amazon Redshift clusters.

Announcing Automated in-AWS Failback for AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery
The new automated support provides a simplified and expedited experience to fail back Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances to the original Region, and both failover and failback processes (for on-premises or in-AWS recovery) can be conveniently started from the AWS Management Console.

Migration & Transfer Services

New – A Fully Managed Schema Conversion in AWS Database Migration Service
AWS DMS Schema Conversion streamlines database migrations by making schema assessment and conversion available inside AWS DMS. You can now plan, assess, convert and migrate under one central DMS service.

AWS Application Migration Service Major Updates – New Migration Servers Grouping, Updated Launch, and Post-Launch Template
These three major updates will support your migration projects of any size.

Top Announcements of AWS re:Invent 2021

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Welcome to AWS re:Invent! From Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2021, we’ll update this page daily with the most noteworthy launches from our biggest event of the year. AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr and our team of AWS developer advocates from around the globe share the news and offer helpful tips for getting started with all the latest AWS releases.

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(This post was last updated: 12:42 a.m., PST, Nov. 29, 2021.)

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Internet of Things |

Internet of Things

Preview – AWS IoT RoboRunner for Building Robot Fleet Management Applications

AWS IoT RoboRunner is a new robotics service that makes it easier for enterprises to build and deploy applications that help fleets of robots work seamlessly together.


Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Introduces Secrets Detector to Identify Hardcoded Secrets and Secure Them with AWS Secrets Manager
The new Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Secrets Detector is an automated tool that helps developers detect secrets in source code or configuration files, such as passwords, API keys, SSH keys, and access tokens.

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How AWS is Supporting Nonprofits, Governments, and Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ida

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Image of a man in a blue shirt running cable through a wall.

AWS Disaster Response Team volunteer Paul Fries runs cable to provide connectivity in a police station that has been converted into a supply distribution center and housing for National Guard troops and FEMA.

During the crisis that has resulted in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the AWS Disaster Response Team is providing personnel and resources to support our customers, including the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), St. Bernard Parish government, and Crisis Cleanup.

In 2018, Amazon Web Services launched the AWS Disaster Response Program to support governments and nonprofits actively responding to natural disasters. Guided by the belief that technology has the power to solve the world’s most pressing issues, the AWS Disaster Response Team has been working around the clock to provide pro bono assistance to public sector organizations responding to Hurricane Ida’s widespread damage.

The team brings in technical expertise in the form of solutions architects, machine learning practitioners, experts in edge computing, and others across AWS. This allows AWS to support organizations responding to disasters and help them overcome the unique challenges they face.

Establishing Connectivity

When Hurricane Ida hit the United States on August 29th, 2021, it caused power outages and major disruptions to infrastructures for water, power, cellular, and commercial communications. In the South, many were left homeless or without electricity, gas, or water by Ida’s winds and flooding. In New York and New Jersey, hundreds of thousands of people lost power. The AWS Disaster Response team activated its response protocol, including technical volunteer support on the ground and financial support to disaster relief nonprofit ITDRC for its efforts to establish local internet connectivity and cell phone charging stations. This critical support – including almost 100 sites in New Orleans, Houma, and other heavily impacted areas of Louisiana – is enabling public safety agencies, responding relief organizations, social services, and community members to communicate and coordinate as they respond to and recover from Ida.

Increasing Capacity

AWS volunteers supported disaster relief nonprofit Crisis Cleanup by providing technical AWS service architecture guidance, enabling them to increase their capacity to provide call-backs to community members requesting assistance with tasks like cutting fallen trees and tarping roofs that were damaged by the storm. AWS volunteers are also helping Crisis Cleanup by conducting call-backs, bolstering their volunteer base to reach a greater number of people more quickly than otherwise would have been possible.

Building Resiliency

To support the St. Bernard Parish government, located just outside of New Orleans, AWS assisted with the deployment of Amazon WorkMail to facilitate more resilient communication across teams when their email server was knocked offline when the power went out. Using Amazon WorkMail helped enable government personnel to more effectively communicate by utilizing the cloud instead of traditional infrastructures.

The AWS Disaster Response Team continues to field requests for support following Hurricane Ida, and is also working with other organizations to support their resilience planning and disaster preparedness efforts.

Learn More

Check out the AWS Disaster Response page for more information. To donate cash and supplies to organizations such as Feeding America and Save the Children, visit the Amazon page on Hurricane Ida or just say, “Alexa, I want to donate to Hurricane Ida relief.”

re:Invent 2020 Liveblog: Werner Vogels Keynote

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Join us Tuesday, Dec. 15 for Dr. Werner Vogels’ Keynote as he shares how Amazon is solving today’s hardest technology problems. Jeff Barr, Martin Beeby, Steve Roberts and Channy Yun will liveblog the event, sharing all the highlights, insights and major announcements from this final keynote of re:Invent 2020.

See you here Tuesday, 7:30-10:00 AM (PST)!

re:Invent 2020 Liveblog: Infrastructure Keynote

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Join us Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7:30-9:30 AM (PST) as we liveblog the AWS re:Invent Infrastructure Keynote with Peter DeSantis, senior vice president of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support.

AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr and Developer Advocates Martin Beeby and Steve Roberts will follow all the action with updates and insights as the event unfolds.

See you soon!

re:Invent 2020 Liveblog: Machine Learning Keynote

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Swami Sivasubramanian speaks on stage at AWS re:InventFollow along as AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr and Developer Advocates Martin Beeby and Steve Roberts liveblog the first-ever Machine Learning Keynote. Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon ML/AI will share the latest developments and launches in AWS machine learning, as well as demos of new technology, and insights from customers.

Join us here from 7:45-10 AM (PST), Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020! 


re:Invent 2020 Liveblog: Partner Keynote

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Join us Thursday, Dec. 3, from 7:45-9:30 a.m., for the AWS Partner Keynote with Doug Yeum, head of Worldwide Channels and Alliances; Sandy Carter, vice president, Global Public Sector Partners and Programs; and Dave McCann, vice president, AWS Migration, Marketplace, and Control Services. Developer Advocates Steve Roberts and Martin Beeby will be liveblogging all the announcements and discussion.

See you at 7:45 a.m. (PST) Thursday!

— Steve & — Martin


AWS re:Invent: Top Announcements for 2020

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Compute | Containers | Customer Engagement | Database | Machine Learning |

Below are the major launch and preview announcements happening at re:Invent 2020, organized by category. We’ll update this page daily over the course of the event, which takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 18. For a list of re:Invent launch posts by date, you can find the full list here.


New – Use Amazon EC2 Mac Instances to Build and Test macOS, iOS, ipadOS, tvOS, and watchOS Apps
Over the last couple of years, AWS users have told us that they want to be able to run macOS on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). We’ve asked a lot of questions to learn more about their needs, and today we introduce you to the new Mac instance!

re:Invent 2020 Pre-announcements for Tuesday, December 1
Here’s a sneak peek at some good things to come, including: AWS Outpost Servers, Amazon ECS Anywhere and Amazon EKS Anywhere.

Coming Soon – Amazon EC2 G4ad Instances Featuring AMD GPUs for Graphics Workloads
Customers with high performance graphic workloads, such as those in game streaming, animation, and video rendering, are always looking for higher performance at less cost. Today, we announce that new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances in the G4 instance family will be available soon to improve performance and reduce cost for graphics-intensive workloads.

New EC2 C6gn Instances – 100 Gbps Networking with AWS Graviton2 Processors
Today, we’re expanding our broad Arm-based Graviton2 portfolio with C6gn instances that deliver up to 100 Gbps network bandwidth, up to 38 Gbps Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth, up to 40% higher packet processing performance, and up to 40% better price/performance versus comparable current generation x86-based network optimized instances.

EC2 Update – D3 / D3en Dense Storage Instances
We have launched several generations of EC2 instances with dense storage including the HS1 in 2012 and the D2 in 2015. Today we are launching the D3 and D3en instances. Like their predecessors, they give you access to massive amounts of low-cost on-instance HDD storage.

New – Amazon EC2 R5b Instances Provide 3x Higher EBS Performance
R5 instances are designed for memory-intensive applications such as high-performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, in-memory databases, real time big data analytics, and other enterprise applications. Today, we announce the new R5b instance, which provides the best network-attached storage performance available on EC2.

New for AWS Lambda – 1ms Billing Granularity Adds Cost Savings
Since Lambda was launched in 2014, pricing has been based on the number of times code is triggered (requests) and the number of times code executes, rounded up to the nearest 100ms (duration). Starting today, we are rounding up duration to the nearest millisecond with no minimum execution time.

In the Works – 3 More AWS Local Zones in 2020, and 12 More in 2021
We launched the first AWS Local Zone in Los Angeles last December, and added a second one (also in Los Angeles) in August of 2020. With 3 more available today and 12 planned next year, we are choosing the target cities with the goal of allowing you to provide access with single-digit millisecond latency to the vast majority of users in the Continental United States.

New for AWS Lambda – Container Image Support
With Lambda, you upload your code and run it without thinking about servers. Many customers enjoy the way this works, but if you’ve invested in container tooling for your development workflows, it’s not easy to use the same approach to build applications using Lambda. To help you with that, you can now package and deploy Lambda functions as container images of up to 10 GB in size.


Amazon ECR Public: A New Public Container Registry
You have long been able to host private container images on AWS with Amazon Elastic Container Registry, and now with the release of Amazon Elastic Container Registry Public, you can host public ones too, enabling anyone (with or without an AWS account) to browse and pull your published containers.

Preview of AWS Proton – Automated Management for Container and Serverless Deployments
Maintaining hundreds – or sometimes thousands – of microservices with constantly changing infrastructure resources and configurations is a challenging task for even the most capable teams. AWS Proton enables infrastructure teams to define standard templates centrally and make them available for developers in their organization. This allows infrastructure teams to manage and update infrastructure without impacting developer productivity.

Customer Engagement

Amazon Connect – Now Smarter and More Integrated With Third-Party Tools
We launched Amazon Connect in 2017 and, since then, thousands of customers have created their own contact centers in the cloud. Amazon Connect makes it easy for non-technical customers to design interaction flows, manage agents, and track performance metrics. Today, we announce a new set of capabilities to make Amazon Connect smarter and more integrated with third-party tools.


New – Amazon QuickSight Q Answers Natural-Language Questions About Business Data
Today, we are happy to announce the preview of Amazon QuickSight Q, a Natural Language Query (NLQ) feature powered by machine learning (ML). With Q, business users can now use QuickSight to ask questions about their data using everyday language and receive accurate answers in seconds.

Now in Preview – Larger and Faster io2 Block Express EBS Volumes with Higher Throughput
Earlier this year we launched io2 volumes with 100x higher durability and 10x more IOPS/GiB than the earlier io1 volumes. Today we are opening up a preview of io2 Block Express volumes that are designed to deliver even higher performance!

New – Amazon EBS gp3 Volume Lets You Provision Performance Apart From Capacity
When using general purpose SSD gp2 volumes with EBS, performance is associated with storage capacity. Today we announce the new gp3 volume that lets customers increase IOPS and throughput without having to provision additional block storage capacity, paying only for the resources they need.

Machine Learning

New- Amazon DevOps Guru Helps Identify Application Errors and Fixes
Today, we are announcing Amazon DevOps Guru, a fully managed operations service that makes it easy for developers and operators to improve application availability by automatically detecting operational issues and recommending fixes.

Amazon Lookout for Equipment Analyzes Historical Sensor Data to Help Detect Equipment Failure
Companies that operate industrial equipment are constantly working to improve operational efficiency and avoid unplanned downtime due to component failure. Amazon Lookout for Equipment is an API-based machine learning (ML) service that detects abnormal equipment behavior and helps companies monitor the health of their assets.

Amazon Lookout for Vision Simplifies Defect Detection for Manufacturing
Lookout for Vision is a new machine learning service that helps increase industrial product quality and reduce operational costs by automating visual inspection of product defects across production processes. Using Lookout for Vision, you can detect damages to manufactured parts, identify missing components or parts, and uncover underlying process-related issues in your manufacturing lines.

AWS Panorama Appliance – Bringing Computer Vision Applications to the Edge
Today we preview the AWS Panorama Appliance and its associated console. You can now develop a computer vision model using Amazon SageMaker and then deploy it to a Panorama Appliance that can then run the model on video feeds from multiple network and IP cameras.

Amazon Monitron is a Simple and Cost-Effective Service Enabling Predictive Maintenance
Monitron is an easy and cost-effective condition monitoring service that allows you to monitor the condition of equipment in your facilities, enabling the implementation of a predictive maintenance program.