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AWS Weekly Roundup: Advanced capabilities in Amazon Bedrock and Amazon Q, and more (July 15, 2024).

Post Syndicated from Abhishek Gupta original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-weekly-roundup-advanced-capabilities-in-amazon-bedrock-and-amazon-q-and-more-july-15-2024/

As expected, there were lots of exciting launches and updates announced during the AWS Summit New York. You can quickly scan the highlights in Top Announcements of the AWS Summit in New York, 2024.

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My colleagues and fellow AWS News Blog writers Veliswa Boya and Sébastien Stormacq were at the AWS Community Day Cameroon last week. They were energized to meet amazing professionals, mentors, and students – all willing to learn and exchange thoughts about cloud technologies. You can access the video replay to feel the vibes or just watch some of the talks!

AWS Community Day Cameroon 2024

Last week’s launches
In addition to the launches at the New York Summit, here are a few others that got my attention.

Advanced RAG capabilities Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock – These include custom chunking options to enable customers to write their own chunking code as a Lambda function; smart parsing to extract information from complex data such as tables; and query reformulation to break down queries into simpler sub-queries, retrieve relevant information for each, and combine the results into a final comprehensive answer.

Amazon Bedrock Prompt Management and Prompt Flows – This is a preview launch of Prompt Management that help developers and prompt engineers get the best responses from foundation models for their use cases; and Prompt Flows accelerates the creation, testing, and deployment of workflows through an intuitive visual builder.

Fine-tuning for Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku in Amazon Bedrock (preview) – By providing your own task-specific training dataset, you can fine tune and customize Claude 3 Haiku to boost model accuracy, quality, and consistency to further tailor generative AI for your business.

IDE workspace context awareness in Amazon Q Developer chat – Users can now add @workspace to their chat message in Q Developer to ask questions about the code in the project they currently have open in the IDE. Q Developer automatically ingests and indexes all code files, configurations, and project structure, giving the chat comprehensive context across your entire application within the IDE.

New features in Amazon Q Business –  The new personalization capabilities in Amazon Q Business are automatically enabled and will use your enterprise’s employee profile data to improve their user experience. You can now get answers from text content in scanned PDFs, and images embedded in PDF documents, without having to use OCR for preprocessing and text extraction.

Amazon EC2 R8g instances powered by AWS Graviton4 are now generally available – Amazon EC2 R8g instances are ideal for memory-intensive workloads such as databases, in-memory caches, and real-time big data analytics. These are powered by AWS Graviton4 processors and deliver up to 30% better performance compared to AWS Graviton3-based instances.

Vector search for Amazon MemoryDB is now generally available – Vector search for MemoryDB enables real-time machine learning (ML) and generative AI applications. It can store millions of vectors with single-digit millisecond query and update latencies at the highest levels of throughput with >99% recall.

Introducing Valkey GLIDE, an open source client library for Valkey and Redis open sourceValkey is an open source key-value data store that supports a variety of workloads such as caching, and message queues. Valkey GLIDE is one of the official client libraries for Valkey and it supports all Valkey commands. GLIDE supports Valkey 7.2 and above, and Redis open source 6.2, 7.0, and 7.2.

Amazon OpenSearch Service enhancementsAmazon OpenSearch Serverless now supports workloads up to 30TB of data for time-series collections enabling more data-intensive use cases, and an innovative caching mechanism that automatically fetches and intelligently manages data, leading to faster data retrieval, efficient storage usage, and cost savings. Amazon OpenSearch Service has now added support for AI powered Natural Language Query Generation in OpenSearch Dashboards Log Explorer so you can get started quickly with log analysis without first having to be proficient in PPL.

Open source release of Secrets Manager Agent for AWS Secrets Manager – Secrets Manager Agent is a language agnostic local HTTP service that you can install and use in your compute environments to read secrets from Secrets Manager and cache them in memory, instead of making a network call to Secrets Manager.

Amazon S3 Express One Zone now supports logging of all events in AWS CloudTrail – This capability lets you get details on who made API calls to S3 Express One Zone and when API calls were made, thereby enhancing data visibility for governance, compliance, and operational auditing.

Amazon CloudFront announces managed cache policies for web applications – Previously, Amazon CloudFront customers had two options for managed cache policies, and had to create custom cache policies for all other cases. With the new managed cache policies, CloudFront caches content based on the Cache-Control headers returned by the origin, and defaults to not caching when the header is not returned.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

We launched existing services in additional Regions:

Other AWS news
Here are some additional projects, blog posts, and news items that you might find interesting:

Context window overflow: Breaking the barrierThis blog post dives into intricate workings of generative artificial intelligence (AI) models, and why is it crucial to understand and mitigate the limitations of CWO (context window overflow).

Using Agents for Amazon Bedrock to interactively generate infrastructure as code – This blog post explores how Agents for Amazon Bedrock can be used to generate customized, organization standards-compliant IaC scripts directly from uploaded architecture diagrams.

Automating model customization in Amazon Bedrock with AWS Step Functions workflow – This blog post covers orchestrating repeatable and automated workflows for customizing Amazon Bedrock models and how AWS Step Functions can help overcome key pain points in model customization.

AWS open source news and updates – My colleague Ricardo Sueiras writes about open source projects, tools, and events from the AWS Community; check out Ricardo’s page for the latest updates.

Upcoming AWS events
Check your calendars and sign up for upcoming AWS events:

AWS Summits – Join free online and in-person events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS. To learn more about future AWS Summit events, visit the AWS Summit page. Register in your nearest city: Bogotá (July 18), Taipei (July 23–24), AWS Summit Mexico City (Aug. 7), and AWS Summit Sao Paulo (Aug. 15).

AWS Community Days – Join community-led conferences that feature technical discussions, workshops, and hands-on labs led by expert AWS users and industry leaders from around the world. Upcoming AWS Community Days are in Aotearoa (Aug. 15), Nigeria (Aug. 24), New York (Aug. 28), and Belfast (Sept. 6).

Browse all upcoming AWS led in-person and virtual events and developer-focused events.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Weekly Roundup!

— Abhishek

This post is part of our Weekly Roundup series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

AWS Weekly Roundup: Amazon S3 Access Grants, AWS Lambda, European Sovereign Cloud Region, and more (July 8, 2024).

Post Syndicated from Sébastien Stormacq original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-weekly-roundup-amazon-s3-access-grants-aws-lambda-european-sovereign-cloud-region-and-more-july-8-2024/

I counted only 21 AWS news since last Monday, most of them being Regional expansions of existing services and capabilities. I hope you enjoyed a relatively quiet week, because this one will be busier.

This week, we’re welcoming our customers and partners at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for the AWS Summit New York on Wednesday, July 10. I can tell you there is a stream of announcements coming, if I judge by the number of AWS News Blog posts ready to be published.

I am writing these lines just before packing my bag to attend the AWS Community Day in Douala, Cameroon next Saturday. I can’t wait to meet our customers and partners, students, and the whole AWS community there.

But for now, let’s look at last week’s new announcements.

Last week’s launches
Here are the launches that got my attention.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Access Grants now integrate with Amazon SageMaker and open souce Python frameworksAmazon S3 Access Grants maps identities in directories such as Active Directory or AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) principals, to datasets in S3. The integration with Amazon SageMaker Studio for machine learning (ML) helps you map identities to your machine learning (ML) datasets in S3. The integration with the AWS SDK for Python (Boto3) plugin replaces any custom code required to manage data permissions, so you can use S3 Access Grants in open source Python frameworks such as Django, TensorFlow, NumPy, Pandas, and more.

AWS Lambda introduces new controls to make it easier to search, filter, and aggregate Lambda function logsYou can now capture your Lambda logs in JSON structured format without bringing your own logging libraries. You can also control the log level (for example, ERROR, DEBUG, or INFO) of your Lambda logs without making any code changes. Lastly, you can choose the Amazon CloudWatch log group to which Lambda sends your logs.

Amazon DataZone introduces fine-grained access controlAmazon DataZone has introduced fine-grained access control, providing data owners granular control over their data at row and column levels. You use Amazon DataZone to catalog, discover, analyze, share, and govern data at scale across organizational boundaries with governance and access controls. Data owners can now restrict access to specific records of data instead of granting access to an entire dataset.

AWS Direct Connect proposes native 400 Gbps dedicated connections at select locationsAWS Direct Connect provides private, high-bandwidth connectivity between AWS and your data center, office, or colocation facility. Native 400 Gbps connections provide higher bandwidth without the operational overhead of managing multiple 100 Gbps connections in a link aggregation group. The increased capacity delivered by 400 Gbps connections is particularly beneficial to applications that transfer large-scale datasets, such as for ML and large language model (LLM) training or advanced driver assistance systems for autonomous vehicles.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS news
Here are some additional news items that you might find interesting:

The list of services available at launch in the upcoming AWS Europe Sovereign Cloud Region is available – we shared the list of AWS services that will be initially available at launch in the new AWS European Sovereign Cloud Region. The list has no surprises. Services for security, networking, storage, computing, containers, artificial intelligence (AI), and serverless will be available at launch. We are building the AWS European Sovereign Cloud to offer public sector organizations and customers in highly regulated industries further choice to help them meet their unique digital sovereignty requirements, as well as stringent data residency, operational autonomy, and resiliency requirements. This is an investment of 7.8 billion euros (approximately $8.46 billion). The new Region will be available by the end of 2025.

Upcoming AWS events
Check your calendars and sign up for upcoming AWS events:

AWS Summits – Join free online and in-person events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS. To learn more about future AWS Summit events, visit the AWS Summit page. Register in your nearest city: New York (July 10), Bogotá (July 18), and Taipei (July 23–24).

AWS Community Days – Join community-led conferences that feature technical discussions, workshops, and hands-on labs led by expert AWS users and industry leaders from around the world. Upcoming AWS Community Days are in Cameroon (July 13), Aotearoa (August 15), and Nigeria (August 24).

Browse all upcoming AWS led in-person and virtual events and developer-focused events.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Weekly Roundup!

— seb

This post is part of our Weekly Roundup series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

In the Works – AWS Region in Taiwan

Post Syndicated from Channy Yun original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/in-the-works-aws-region-in-taiwan/

Today, we’re announcing that a new AWS Region will be coming to Taiwan by early 2025. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Taipei) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch, and will give AWS customers in Taiwan the ability to run workloads and store data that must remain in Taiwan.

Each of the Availability Zones will be physically independent of the others in the Region – close enough to support applications that need low latency, yet sufficiently distant to significantly reduce the risk that an event at an Availability Zone level might impact business continuity.

The Availability Zones in this Region will be connected together through high-bandwidth, low-latency network connections over dedicated, fully redundant fiber. This connectivity supports applications that need synchronous replication between Availability Zones for availability or redundancy. You can take a peek at the AWS Global Infrastructure page to learn more about how we design and build Regions and Availability Zones.

We are currently working on Regions in Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the AWS European Sovereign Cloud. The AWS Cloud operates 105 Availability Zones within 33 AWS Regions around the world, with announced plans for 21 more Availability Zones and seven more Regions, including Taiwan.

AWS in Taiwan
AWS has been investing and supporting customers and partners in Taiwan for more than 10 years. To support our customers in Taiwan, we have business development teams, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other roles working in our Taipei office.

Other AWS infrastructure includes two Amazon CloudFront edge locations along with access to the AWS global backbone through multiple redundant submarine cables. You can access any other AWS Region (except Beijing and Ningxia) from AWS Direct Connect locations in Taipei, operated by Chief Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom. With AWS Direct Connect, your data that would have previously been transported over the internet is delivered through a private network connection between your facilities and AWS.

You can also use AWS Outposts in Taiwan, a family of fully managed solutions delivering AWS infrastructure and services to virtually any on-premises or edge location for a truly consistent hybrid experience. With AWS Local Zones in Taipei, you can deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency to end users.

AWS continues to invest in upskilling students, local developers and technical professionals, nontechnical professionals, and the next generation of IT leaders in Taiwan through offerings like AWS AcademyAWS Educate, and AWS Skill Builder. Since 2017, AWS has trained more than eight million people across the Asia Pacific-Japan region on cloud skills, including more than 100,000 people in Taiwan.

To learn more, join AWS Summit 2024 Taiwan in July; in-person events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS.

AWS customers in Taiwan
AWS customers in Taiwan have been increasingly moving their applications to AWS and running their technology infrastructure in other AWS Regions around the world. With the addition of this new AWS Region, customers will be able to provide even lower latency to end users and use advanced technologies such as generative artificial intelligence (generative AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile services, and more, to drive innovation. This Region will give AWS customers the ability to run their workloads and store their content in Taiwan.

Here are some examples of customers using AWS to drive innovation:

Chunghwa Telecom is the largest integrated telecom provider in Taiwan. To improve AI data security and governance, they use Amazon Bedrock for a variety of generative AI applications, including automatically generating specifications documents for the software development lifecycle and crafting custom marketing campaigns. With Amazon Bedrock, Chunghwa Telecom is saving developer hours and has also developed an immersive, interactive virtual English teacher for the first time.

Gamania Group is a leader in the development and publication of online games in Taiwan. To maximize the value of running on AWS, they worked with AWS Training and Certification to enhance AWS skills across all of its departments, such as AWS Classroom training, AWS Well-Architected Framework, and AWS GameDay events. As a result, they reduced the time needed to make critical operational decisions by 50 percent, lowered its time-to-market by up to 70 percent, and accelerated the launch of new games.

KKCompany Technologies is a multimedia technology group building a music streaming platform, AI-powered streaming solution, and cloud intelligence service in Taiwan. The company specializes in generative AI, multimedia technology, and digital transformation consulting services for enterprises in Taiwan and Japan. You can find BlendVision, a cloud-based streaming solution in AWS Marketplace.

To learn more about Taiwan customer cases, visit AWS Customer Success Stories in English or our Traditional Chinese page.

Stay Tuned
We’ll announce the opening of this and the other Regions in future blog posts, so be sure to stay tuned! To learn more, visit the AWS Region in Taiwan page in Traditional Chinese.

Channy

Creating an organizational multi-Region failover strategy

Post Syndicated from Michael Haken original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/creating-an-organizational-multi-region-failover-strategy/

AWS Regions provide fault isolation boundaries that prevent correlated failure and contain the impact from AWS service impairments to a single Region when they occur. You can use these fault boundaries to build multi-Region applications that consist of independent, fault-isolated replicas in each Region that limit shared fate scenarios. This allows you to build multi-Region applications and leverage a spectrum of approaches from backup and restore to pilot light to active/active to implement your multi-Region architecture. However, applications typically don’t operate in isolation; consider both the components you will use and their dependencies as part of your failover strategy. Generally, multiple applications make up what we refer to as a user story, a specific capability offered to an end user, like “posting a picture and caption on a social media app” or “checking out on an e-commerce site”. Because of this, you should develop an organizational multi-Region failover strategy that provides the necessary coordination and consistency to make your approach successful.

Overview

There are four high-level strategies that organizations can pick from to guide a multi-Region approach:

  • Component-level failover
  • Individual application failover
  • Dependency graph failover
  • Entire application portfolio failover

These strategies move from the most granular to the coarsest approach. Each strategy has tradeoffs and addresses different challenges, including flexibility of failover decision making, testability of the failover combinations, presence of modal behavior, and organizational investment in planning and implementation. By the end of this post, you will be able to identify the pros and cons of each strategy so you can make intentional choices about which you select for your multi-Region failover solution.

Component-level failover

Applications are made up of multiple components, including their infrastructure, code and config, data stores, and dependencies. The component-level failover strategy helps you recover from individual component impairments. This means that when a single component is impaired, the application will fail over to a component hosted in a different Region. Consider the application in Figure 1. When the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) resources used by the application experience elevated error rates or higher latency, the application fails over to use data from an S3 bucket in its secondary Region.

When the application experiences an impairment using S3 resources in the primary Region, it fails over to use an S3 bucket in the secondary Region.

Figure 1. When the application experiences an impairment using S3 resources in the primary Region, it fails over to use an S3 bucket in the secondary Region.

This strategy gives the most autonomy and flexibility to individual applications, but has four main tradeoffs:

  • It adds latency by using resources in a second Region because they are physically further away. This gives the application multiple modes of behavior, lower latency when all components are in one Region, and higher latency when the components are split between Regions. Modal behavior can produce unexpected and undesirable results.
  • It introduces the possibility for inconsistent data if asynchronous replication is used in the data store.
  • It typically requires a runtime update of the application’s configuration to switch a component to a different Region, which can be unreliable during a failure scenario.
  • There are 2N-1 possible configurations (where N is the number of components in the application) of the application, which can make every possible combination in an application difficult to test.

Individual application failover

The next strategy allows individual applications to make an autonomous decision to fail over all of its components together, shown in Figure 2. This removes the latency tradeoff from the previous strategy by keeping all of the application components in the same Region. It also significantly reduces the complexity by only having two possible configurations per application. Additionally, applications can be failed over to another Region without updating their configuration by using approaches like Amazon Route 53 DNS failover, removing the unreliability of runtime configuration updates.

Application 3 experiences an impairment and fails over to the secondary Region.

Figure 2. Application 3 experiences an impairment and fails over to the secondary Region

However, allowing individual applications to make their own failover decision can introduce the same modal behavior we saw with component-level failover, just in a different dimension. In the worst case, 50% of the applications in a user story could fail over while 50% don’t, meaning every application interaction could be a cross-Region request, shown in Figure 3.

The worst-case scenario of allowing applications to make failover decisions independently.

Figure 3. The worst-case scenario of allowing applications to make failover decisions independently

Additionally, while this approach removes the complexity of the component failover approach, it still exhibits a level of similar complexity, albeit smaller, by having 2N-1 combinations of application locations across Regions, also making this approach difficult to test and coordinate.

Dependency graph failover

To solve the complexity of the previous strategy, you might decide to coordinate failover of all applications that support a user story as a single unit. We call this a dependency graph and it ensures that all applications that interact with each other will always be in the same Region, as shown in Figure 4.

A dependency graph of applications that all support user story "A".

Figure 4. A dependency graph of applications that all support user story “A”

While this solves the previous latency, modal behavior, and complexity tradeoffs, it comes with its own challenges. In a portfolio with multiple user stories and applications, this graph can be very large and discovering each dependency, especially infrequently used ones, can be difficult. In fact, seemingly unrelated dependency graphs can be connected by a single vertex that is shared between them, as shown in Figure 5.

Two unrelated user stories share a dependency on Application 4, requiring both dependency graphs to failover if either experience an impairment.

Figure 5. Two unrelated user stories share a dependency on Application 4, requiring both dependency graphs to failover if either experience an impairment

For example, if every user story you provide depends on a single authentication and authorization system, when one graph of applications needs to failover, then so does the entire authorization system. In turn, every other user story that depends on that authorization system needs to fail over as well. To mitigate this, you might implement independent replicas of these types of applications in each Region, if possible, to remove edges from the dependency graph.

Entire portfolio failover

The final strategy is failing over an entire application portfolio, whether or not applications are impacted or have any interaction with those that are, as shown in Figure 6. This strategy helps remove the operational burden of creating and maintaining dependency graphs for every user story your business supports.

Every user story fails over together regardless of observed impact from a failure.

Figure 6. Every user story fails over together regardless of observed impact from a failure

The major tradeoff is the organizational investment to create multi-Region capabilities for every application – you might not have made that broad investment in the other strategies. You can make this strategy slightly more granular by implementing it for specific application tiers, for example, failing over all tier-1 applications together, as long as you know there aren’t dependencies across applications of different criticality.

You can also combine this approach with the second strategy. Let individual applications make failover decisions until you see broad enough impact, or impact from the modal behavior, that you decide to make all applications failover to your secondary Region to mitigate the effects.

Conclusion

This blog post has looked at four different high-level approaches for creating an organizational multi-Region failover strategy.

Each strategy optimizes for different outcomes. Component-level failover gives you the highest degree of flexibility without organizational capabilities or coordination, but introduces the most complexity and bimodal behavior. Individual application failover optimizes for less complexity in failover combinations than component-level while still maintaining decentralized flexibility in failover decision making. Dependency graph failover optimizes for only needing to failover the minimum set of applications to support a capability, which removes the presence of modal behavior while requiring more organizational investment to do so. Finally, portfolio failover optimizes for not needing to maintain dependency graphs, but requires significant additional investment to build a multi-Region capability for every application.

Creating the strategy can be an iterative journey. You might start with allowing individual applications to make failover decisions while you build toward a future state of managing failover of independent dependency graphs. For more information on creating multi-Region architectures, see AWS Multi-Region Fundamentals and Disaster Recovery of Workloads on AWS.

Top Architecture Blog Posts of 2023

Post Syndicated from Andrea Courtright original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/top-architecture-blog-posts-of-2023/

2023 was a rollercoaster year in tech, and we at the AWS Architecture Blog feel so fortunate to have shared in the excitement. As we move into 2024 and all of the new technologies we could see, we want to take a moment to highlight the brightest stars from 2023.

As always, thanks to our readers and to the many talented and hardworking Solutions Architects and other contributors to our blog.

I give you our 2023 cream of the crop!

#10: Build a serverless retail solution for endless aisle on AWS

In this post, Sandeep and Shashank help retailers and their customers alike in this guided approach to finding inventory that doesn’t live on shelves.

Building endless aisle architecture for order processing

Figure 1. Building endless aisle architecture for order processing

Check it out!

#9: Optimizing data with automated intelligent document processing solutions

Who else dreads wading through large amounts of data in multiple formats? Just me? I didn’t think so. Using Amazon AI/ML and content-reading services, Deependra, Anirudha, Bhajandeep, and Senaka have created a solution that is scalable and cost-effective to help you extract the data you need and store it in a format that works for you.

AI-based intelligent document processing engine

Figure 2: AI-based intelligent document processing engine

Check it out!

#8: Disaster Recovery Solutions with AWS managed services, Part 3: Multi-Site Active/Passive

Disaster recovery posts are always popular, and this post by Brent and Dhruv is no exception. Their creative approach in part 3 of this series is most helpful for customers who have business-critical workloads with higher availability requirements.

Warm standby with managed services

Figure 3. Warm standby with managed services

Check it out!

#7: Simulating Kubernetes-workload AZ failures with AWS Fault Injection Simulator

Continuing with the theme of “when bad things happen,” we have Siva, Elamaran, and Re’s post about preparing for workload failures. If resiliency is a concern (and it really should be), the secret is test, test, TEST.

Architecture flow for Microservices to simulate a realistic failure scenario

Figure 4. Architecture flow for Microservices to simulate a realistic failure scenario

Check it out!

#6: Let’s Architect! Designing event-driven architectures

Luca, Laura, Vittorio, and Zamira weren’t content with their four top-10 spots last year – they’re back with some things you definitely need to know about event-driven architectures.

Let's Architect

Figure 5. Let’s Architect artwork

Check it out!

#5: Use a reusable ETL framework in your AWS lake house architecture

As your lake house increases in size and complexity, you could find yourself facing maintenance challenges, and Ashutosh and Prantik have a solution: frameworks! The reusable ETL template with AWS Glue templates might just save you a headache or three.

Reusable ETL framework architecture

Figure 6. Reusable ETL framework architecture

Check it out!

#4: Invoking asynchronous external APIs with AWS Step Functions

It’s possible that AWS’ menagerie of services doesn’t have everything you need to run your organization. (Possible, but not likely; we have a lot of amazing services.) If you are using third-party APIs, then Jorge, Hossam, and Shirisha’s architecture can help you maintain a secure, reliable, and cost-effective relationship among all involved.

Invoking Asynchronous External APIs architecture

Figure 7. Invoking Asynchronous External APIs architecture

Check it out!

#3: Announcing updates to the AWS Well-Architected Framework

The Well-Architected Framework continues to help AWS customers evaluate their architectures against its six pillars. They are constantly striving for improvement, and Haleh’s diligence in keeping us up to date has not gone unnoticed. Thank you, Haleh!

Well-Architected logo

Figure 8. Well-Architected logo

Check it out!

#2: Let’s Architect! Designing architectures for multi-tenancy

The practically award-winning Let’s Architect! series strikes again! This time, Luca, Laura, Vittorio, and Zamira were joined by Federica to discuss multi-tenancy and why that concept is so crucial for SaaS providers.

Let's Architect

Figure 9. Let’s Architect

Check it out!

And finally…

#1: Understand resiliency patterns and trade-offs to architect efficiently in the cloud

Haresh, Lewis, and Bonnie revamped this 2022 post into a masterpiece that completely stole our readers’ hearts and is among the top posts we’ve ever made!

Resilience patterns and trade-offs

Figure 10. Resilience patterns and trade-offs

Check it out!

Bonus! Three older special mentions

These three posts were published before 2023, but we think they deserve another round of applause because you, our readers, keep coming back to them.

Thanks again to everyone for their contributions during a wild year. We hope you’re looking forward to the rest of 2024 as much as we are!

New AWS Region in Mexico is in the works

Post Syndicated from Irshad Buchh original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-region-in-mexico-is-in-the-works/

Today, I am happy to announce that we are working on an AWS Region in Mexico. This AWS Mexico (Central) Region will be the second Region in Latin America joining the AWS South America (São Paulo) Region and will give AWS customers the ability to run workloads and store data that must remain in-country.

Mexico in the works

The Region will include three Availability Zones, each one physically independent of the others in the Region yet far enough apart to minimize the risk that an event in one Availability Zone will have impact on business continuity. The Availability Zones will be connected to each other by high-bandwidth, low-latency network connections over dedicated, fully redundant fiber.

With this announcement, AWS now has five new Regions in the works (Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Thailand) and 15 upcoming new Availability Zones.

AWS investment in Mexico

The upcoming AWS Mexico Region is the latest in ongoing investments by AWS in Mexico to provide customers with advanced and secure cloud technologies. Since 2020, AWS has launched seven Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Mexico. Amazon CloudFront is a highly secure and programmable content delivery network (CDN) that accelerates the delivery of data, videos, applications, and APIs to users worldwide with low latency and high transfer speeds.

In 2020, AWS launched AWS Outposts in Mexico. AWS Outposts is a family of fully managed solutions delivering AWS infrastructure and services to virtually any on-premises or edge location for a truly consistent hybrid experience. AWS expanded its infrastructure footprint in Mexico again in 2023 with the launch of AWS Local Zones in Queretaro. AWS Local Zones are a type of AWS infrastructure deployment that places compute, storage, database, and other select services closer to large population, industry, and IT centers, enabling customers to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency to end users. In 2023, AWS established an AWS Direct Connect location in Queretaro, allowing customers to establish private connectivity between AWS and their data center, office, or colocation environment.

Here is a glimpse into our customers in Mexico and the exciting, innovative work they’re undertaking:

Banco Santander Mexico is one of the leading financial groups in the country, focused on commercial banking and securities financing, serving more than 20.5 million customers. “AWS has been a strategic partner for our digital transformation,” said Juan Pablo Chiappari, head of IT Infrastructure for North America. “Thanks to their wide range of services, we have been able to innovate faster, improve our customer experience and reduce our operating costs.”

SkyAlert is an innovative technology company that quickly alerts millions of people living in earthquake-prone areas, promoting a culture of prevention against natural disasters. In order to provide customers—both businesses and individuals—with the right tools to protect themselves during earthquakes, SkyAlert migrated its infrastructure to AWS. After implementing its Internet of Things (IoT) solution to run on AWS and its efficient alert service, SkyAlert scales quickly and can send millions of messages in a few seconds, helping to save lives in the event of earthquakes.

Kueski is an online lender for the middle class of Mexico and Latin America. The company uses big data and advanced analytics to approve and deliver loans in a matter of minutes. The company has become the fastest-growing platform of its kind in the region and has already granted thousands of loans. They were born with AWS.

Bolsa Institucional de Valores (BIVA) is a stock exchange based in Mexico, backed by Nasdaq. BIVA provides local and global investors with cutting-edge technology for trading and market solutions and companies with listing and maintenance services. As part of its vision of innovation, BIVA started its journey to the cloud in 2023 by migrating its disaster recovery site, including its trading and market surveillance systems, to AWS, using edge compute capabilities available in both the AWS Local Zones in Queretaro, Mexico, to achieve their low latency needs.

Stay Tuned
The AWS Region in Mexico will open in early 2025. As usual, subscribe to this blog so that you will be among the first to know when the new Region is open!

To learn more about AWS Global Cloud Infrastructure, see the Global Infrastructure page.

— Irshad

Happy New Year! AWS Weekly Roundup – January 8, 2024

Post Syndicated from Channy Yun original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/happy-new-year-aws-weekly-roundup-january-8-2024/

Happy New Year! Cloud technologies, machine learning, and generative AI have become more accessible, impacting nearly every aspect of our lives. Amazon CTO Dr. Werner Vogels offers four tech predictions for 2024 and beyond:

  • Generative AI becomes culturally aware
  • FemTech finally takes off
  • AI assistants redefine developer productivity
  • Education evolves to match the speed of technology

Read how these technology trends will converge to help solve some of society’s most difficult problems. Download the Werner Vogels’ Tech Predictions for 2024 and Beyond ebook or read Werner’s All Things Distributed blog.

AWS re:Invent 2023To hear insights from AWS and industry thought leaders, grow your skills, and get inspired, watch AWS re:Invent 2023 videos on demand for keynotes, innovation talks, breakout sessions, and AWS Hero guide playlists.

Launches from the last few weeks
Since our last week in review on December 18, 2023, I’d like to highlight some launches from year end, as well as last week:

New AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region – We are opening a new and second Region and in Canada, AWS Canada West (Calgary). At the end of 2023, AWS had 33 AWS Regions and 105 Availability Zones (AZs) globally. We preannounced 12 additional AZs in four future Regions in Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the AWS European Sovereign Cloud. We will share more information on these Regions in 2024. Please stay tuned.

DNS over HTTPS in Amazon Route 53 Resolver – You can use the DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocol for both inbound and outbound Route 53 Resolver endpoints. As the name suggests, DoH supports HTTP or HTTP/2 over TLS to encrypt the data exchanged for Domain Name System (DNS) resolutions.

Automatic enrollment to Amazon RDS Extended Support – Your MySQL 5.7 and PostgreSQL 11 database instances running on Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS will be automatically enrolled into Amazon RDS Extended Support starting on February 29, 2024. You can have more control over when you want to upgrade the major version of your database after the community end of life (EoL).

New Amazon CloudWatch Network Monitor – This is a new feature of Amazon CloudWatch that helps monitor network availability and performance between AWS and your on-premises environments. Network Monitor needs zero manual instrumentation and gives you access to real-time network visibility to proactively and quickly identify issues within the AWS network and your own hybrid environment. For more information, read Monitor hybrid connectivity with Amazon CloudWatch Network Monitor.

Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL integrations with Amazon Bedrock – You can use two methods to integrate Aurora PostgreSQL databases with Amazon Bedrock to power generative AI applications. You can use the SQL query with Aurora ML integration with Amazon Bedrock and Aurora vector store with Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock for Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG).

New WordPress setup on Amazon Lightsail – Set up your WordPress website on Amazon Lightsail with the new workflow to eliminate complexity and time spent configuring your website. The workflow allows you to complete all the necessary steps, including setting up a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate to secure your website with HTTPS.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Here are some other news items that you may find interesting in the new year:

Book recommendations for AWS customer executives – Plan for the new year and catch up on what others are doing and thinking. AWS Enterprise Strategy team recommends what books are most important for our AWS customer executives to read.

Best practices for scaling AWS CDK adoption with Platform Engineering – A recent evolution in DevOps is the introduction of platform engineering teams to build services, toolchains, and documentation to support workload teams. This blog post introduces strategies and best practices for accelerating CDK adoption within your organization. You can learn how to scale the lessons learned from the pilot project across your organization through platform engineering.

High performance running HPC applications on AWS Graviton instances – When running the Parallel Lattice Boltzmann Solver (Palabos) on Amazon EC2 Hpc7g instances to solve computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problems, performance increased by up to 70% and price performance was up to 3x better than on the previous generation of Graviton instances.

The new AWS open source newsletter, #181 – Check up on all the latest open source content, which this week includes AWS Amplify, Amazon Corretto, dbt, Apache Flink, Karpenter, LangChain, Pinecone, and more.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events in the new year:

AWS at CES 2024 (January 9-12) – AWS will be representing some of the latest cloud services and solutions that are purpose built for the automotive, mobility, transportation, and manufacturing industries. Join us to learn about the latest cloud capabilities across generative AI, software define vehicles, product engineering, sustainability, new digital customer experiences, connected mobility, autonomous driving, and so much more in Amazon Experience Area.

APJ Builders Online Series (January 18) – This online conference is designed for you to learn core AWS concepts, and step-by-step architectural best practices, including demonstrations to help you get started and accelerate your success on AWS.

You can browse all upcoming AWS-led in-person and virtual events, and developer-focused events such as AWS DevDay.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Week in Review!

— Channy

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

The AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region is now available

Post Syndicated from Sébastien Stormacq original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/the-aws-canada-west-calgary-region-is-now-available/

Today, we are opening a new Region in Canada. AWS Canada West (Calgary), also known as ca-west-1, is the thirty-third AWS Region. It consists of three Availability Zones, for a new total of 105 Availability Zones globally.

This second Canadian Region allows you to architect multi-Region infrastructures that meet five nines of availability while keeping your data in the country.

A global footprint
Our approach to building infrastructure is fundamentally different from other providers. At the core of our global infrastructure is a Region. An AWS Region is a physical location in the world where we have multiple Availability Zones. Availability Zones consist of one or more discrete data centers, each with redundant power, networking, and connectivity, housed in separate facilities. Unlike with other cloud providers, who often define a region as a single data center, having multiple Availability Zones allows you to operate production applications and databases that are more highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable than would be possible from a single data center.

AWS has more than 17 years of experience building its global infrastructure. And there’s no compression algorithm for experience, especially when it comes to scale, security, and performance.

Canadian customers of every size, including global brands like BlackBerry, CI Financial, Keyera, KOHO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Nutrien, Sun Life, TELUS, and startups like Good Chemistry and Cohere, and public sector organizations like the University of Calgary and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), are already running workloads on AWS. They choose AWS for its security, performance, flexibility, and global presence.

AWS Global Infrastructure, including AWS Local Zones and AWS Outposts, gives our customers the flexibility to deploy workloads close to their customers to minimize network latency. For example, one customer that has benefited from AWS flexibility is Canadian decarbonization technology scale-up, BrainBox AI. BrainBox AI uses cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) on AWS to help building owners around the world reduce HVAC emissions by up to 40 percent and energy consumption by up to 25 percent. The AWS Global Infrastructure allows their solution to manage with low latency hundreds of buildings in over 20 countries, 24-7.

Services available
You can deploy your workloads on any of the C5, M5, M5d, R5, C6g, C6gn, C6i, C6id, M6g, M6gd, M6i, M6id, R6d, R6i, R6id, I4i, I3en, T3, and T4g instance families. The new AWS Canada West (Calgary) has 65 AWS services available at launch. Here is the list, sorted by alphabetical order: Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppConfig, AWS Application Auto Scaling, Amazon Aurora, Aurora PostgreSQL, AWS Batch, AWS Certificate Manager, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudFront, AWS Cloud Map, AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS), AWS DataSync, AWS Direct Connect, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), Elastic Load Balancing, Elastic Load Balancing – Gateway (GWLB), Elastic Load Balancing – Network (NLB), Amazon EMR, Amazon EventBridge, AWS Fargate, AWS Health Dashboard, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Lambda, AWS Management Console, AWS Marketplace, Amazon OpenSearch Service, AWS Organizations, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), AWS Resource Access ManagerResource Groups, Amazon Route 53, AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Security Hub, AWS Security Token Service, Service Quotas, AWS Shield Standard, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF), AWS Site-to-Site VPN, AWS Step Functions, AWS Support API, AWS Systems Manager, AWS Trusted Advisor, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), VM Import/Export, and AWS X-Ray.

AWS in Canada
We have been supporting our customers and partners with infrastructure in Canada since December 2016, when the first Canadian AWS Region, AWS Canada (Central), was launched. In the same year, we launched Amazon CloudFront locations in Toronto and Montreal to better serve your customers in the region. To date, there are ten CloudFront points of presence (PoPs) in Canada: five in Toronto, four in Montreal, and one in Vancouver. We also have engineering teams located in multiple cities in the country.

From 20162021, AWS has invested over 2.57 billion CAD (1.9 billion USD) in Canada and plans to invest up to 24.8 billion CAD (18.3 billion USD) by 2037 in the two Regions. Using the input-output methodology and statistical tables provided by Statistics Canada, we estimate that the planned investment will add 43.02 billion CAD (31 billion USD) to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Canada and support more than 9,300 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in the Canadian economy.

In addition to providing our customers with world-class infrastructure benefits, Amazon is committed to reaching net zero carbon across its business by 2040 and is on a path to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. In 2022, 90 percent of the electricity consumed by Amazon was attributable to renewable energy sources. Additionally, AWS has a goal to be water positive by 2030, returning more water to communities than it uses in its direct operations. Amazon has a total of four renewable energy projects in Canada: three south of Calgary and one close to Edmonton. According to BloombergNEF, Amazon is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the country (and the world). These projects generate more than 2.3 million megawatt hours (MWH) of clean energyenough to power 1.69 million Canadian homes.

Education is one of our top priorities as well. Since 2017, we have trained more than 200,000 Canadians on cloud computing skills through free and paid AWS Training and Certification programs. Learners of various skill levels, roles, and backgrounds can build knowledge and practical skills with more than 600 free online courses in up to 14 languages on AWS Skills Builder. Amazon is committed to providing 29 million people around the world with free cloud computing skills training by 2025.

Security
Customers around the world trust AWS to keep their data safe, and keeping their workloads secure and confidential is foundational to how we operate. Since the inception of AWS, we have relentlessly innovated on security, privacy tools, and practices to meet, and even exceed, our customers’ expectations.

For example, you decide where to store your data and who can access it. Services such as AWS CloudTrail allow you to verify how and when data are accessed. Our virtualization technology, AWS Nitro System, has been designed to restrict any operator access to customer data. This means no person, or even service, from AWS can access data when it is being used in an EC2 instance. NCC Group, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm based in the United Kingdom, audited the Nitro architecture and affirmed our claims.

Our core infrastructure is built to satisfy the security requirements of the military, global banks, and other high-sensitivity organizations.

In Canada, Neo Financial is a financial tech startup that uses the elasticity of the AWS Cloud to scale its business. They chose AWS in 2019 because we helped them to meet their regulatory requirements. They use EC2 for their core infrastructure, S3 for highly durable storage, Amazon GuardDuty to improve their security posture, and CloudFront to improve performance for their customers.

Performance
The AWS Global Infrastructure is built for performance, offering the lowest latency, lowest packet loss, and highest overall network quality. This is achieved with a fully redundant 400 GbE fiber network backbone, often providing many terabits of capacity between Regions.

To help provide Canadian customers with even lower latency, we have announced two AWS Local Zones in Toronto and Vancouver.

Performance is specially important when you are streaming your favorite TV show. Calgary-based Kidoodle.TV offers a streaming service for children. They have more than 100 million app downloads worldwide and more than 1 billion ad seconds for sale every 2 days. Using AWS, Kidoodle.TV was able to build the same service architecture that multibillion-dollar companies can deploy, which allowed them to seamlessly scale up from 400,000 monthly active users to 12 million in a year.

Additional things to know
We preannounced 12 additional Availability Zones in four future Regions in Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the AWS European Sovereign Cloud. We will be happy to share more information on these Regions so, stay tuned.

I can’t wait to discover how you will innovate and what amazing services you will deploy on this new AWS Region. Go build and deploy your infrastructure on ca-west-1 today.

— seb

 


 

Aujourd’hui, nous inaugurons une nouvelle Région Amazon Web Services (AWS) au Canada. La Région AWS Canada Ouest (Calgary), également connue sous le nom ca‑west‑1, est la 33e Région AWS. Elle compte trois Zones de disponibilité, emmenant ainsi le total des Zones de disponibilité à travers le monde à 105.

Cette deuxième Région au Canada vous permet d’élaborer des infrastructures multi-Régions qui demeurent disponibles 99,999 % du temps, tout en conservant vos données à l’intérieur des frontières canadiennes.

Une empreinte mondiale
Notre approche en matière de développement de notre infrastructure est fondamentalement différente de celle adoptée par d’autres fournisseurs. Au cœur de notre infrastructure mondiale, vous trouvez des Régions. Une Région AWS est un lieu physique dans le monde, dans lequel nous avons plusieurs Zones de disponibilité. Les Zones de disponibilité sont formées d’un ou plusieurs centres de données distincts, chacun doté de systèmes d’alimentation, de réseau et de connectivité redondants, et hébergés dans des installations séparées. Contrairement aux autres fournisseurs infonuagiques, qui définissent souvent une région comme étant un centre de données unique, le fait de pouvoir compter sur plusieurs Zones de disponibilité vous permet d’exploiter des applications et des bases de données de production ayant une plus grande disponibilité, une meilleure tolérance aux pannes et une plus importante évolutivité, allant ainsi au-delà des possibilités offertes par un centre de données unique.

AWS compte plus de 17 années d’expérience dans la mise en œuvre de son infrastructure mondiale. Il n’existe pas d’algorithme de compression pour remplacer une telle expérience, surtout lorsqu’il est question d’évolutivité, de sécurité et de performances.

Des clients canadiens de toute taille, dont des marques mondiales telles que BlackBerry, CI Financial, Keyera, KOHO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Nutrien, Sun Life et TELUS, ainsi que de jeunes pousses comme Good Chemistry and Cohere, en plus d’organismes du secteur public telles que l’Université de Calgary et Ressources naturelles Canada (RNCan), exécutent déjà des charges de travail sur AWS. Ces entreprises et organismes ont choisi AWS pour la sécurité, les performances, la flexibilité et la présence mondiale que nous offrons.

L’infrastructure mondiale AWS, dont font partie les Zones locales AWS et les AWS Outposts, offre à nos clients la flexibilité de déployer leurs charges de travail à proximité de leur clientèle, minimisant ainsi la latence du réseau. Par exemple, un de nos clients qui bénéfice de la flexibilité d’AWS est BrainBox AI, une jeune entreprise en croissance qui élabore des technologies de décarbonation. BrainBox AI utilise l’intelligence artificielle (IA) et l’apprentissage automatique (AA) basés dans le Nuage AWS pour aider des propriétaires d’édifice, partout au monde, à réduire les émissions liées aux systèmes de chauffage, de ventilation et de climatisation jusqu’à 40 %, et la consommation énergétique jusqu’à 25 %. L’infrastructure mondiale AWS permet à leur solution de gérer, avec une latence faible, des centaines d’immeubles dans plus de 20 pays, et ce 24 heures sur 24, sept jours sur sept.

Services disponibles
Vous pouvez déployer vos charges de travail sur n’importe laquelle des familles d’instance C5, M5, M5d, R5, C6g, C6gn, C6i, C6id, M6g, M6gd, M6i, M6id, R6d, R6i, R6id, I4i, I3en, T3 et T4g. La nouvelle Région Canada Ouest (Calgary) compte 65 services AWS, tous disponibles dès le lancement. En voici la liste, en ordre alphabétique : Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppConfig, AWS Application Auto Scaling, Amazon Aurora, Aurora PostgreSQL, AWS Batch, AWS Certificate Manager, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudFront, AWS Cloud Map, AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS), AWS DataSync, AWS Direct Connect, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS ),  , Elastic Load Balancing,  , Elastic Load Balancing – Gateway (GWLB), Amazon EMR, Amazon EventBridge, AWS Fargate, AWS Health Dashboard, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Lambda, AWS Management Console, AWS Marketplace, Amazon OpenSearch Service, AWS Organizations, Amazon Redshift, AWS Resource Access Manager,   Resource Groups, Amazon Route 53, AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Security Hub, AWS Security Token Service, Service Quotas, AWS Shield Standard, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF), AWS Site-to-Site VPN, AWS Step Functions, AWS Support API, AWS Systems Manager, AWS Trusted Advisor, VM Import/Export et AWS X-Ray.

AWS au Canada
Nous soutenons nos clients et partenaires grâce à notre infrastructure canadienne depuis décembre 2016, lorsque la première Région AWS au Canada, soit la Région AWS Canada (Centre), a été inaugurée. Au cours de cette même année, nous avons lancé des emplacements Amazon CloudFront à Toronto et Montréal afin de mieux servir vos clients dans ces régions. Actuellement, nous comptons 10 points de présence (PdP) au Canada : cinq à Toronto, quatre à Montréal et un à Vancouver. Nous avons également des équipes d’ingénieurs basées dans plusieurs villes à travers le pays.

Entre 2016 et 2021, AWS a investi plus de 2,57 milliards $ CAD (1,9 milliards $ USD) au Canada et prévoit investir jusqu’à 24,8 milliards $ CAD (18,3 milliards $ USD) dans nos deux Régions d’ici 2037. En se basant sur la méthodologie entrée-sortie et les tableaux statistiques fournies par Statistique Canada, nous estimons que les investissements prévus ajouteront 43,02 milliards $ CAD (31 milliards USD) au produit intérieur brut (PIB) du Canada et soutiendront plus de 9 300 emplois équivalents temps plein (ETP) au sein de l’économie canadienne.

En plus d’offrir les avantages d’une infrastructure de classe mondiale à nos clients, Amazon s’est engagé à atteindre une empreinte carbone nette zéro pour l’ensemble de ses activités d’ici 2040, et est en voie d’alimenter l’ensemble de ses opérations avec des énergies 100 % renouvelables d’ici 2025. En 2022, 90 % de l’électricité consommée par Amazon provenait de sources d’énergie renouvelables. En outre, AWS s’est donné comme objectif d’avoir un bilan positif en matière d’eau d’ici 2030, restituant ainsi plus d’eau aux communautés que la quantité utilisée pour ses activités directes. Amazon compte quatre projets d’énergie renouvelable au Canada, soit trois situés au sud de Calgary et un autre près d’Edmonton. Selon BloombergNEF, Amazon est la plus grande entreprise acheteuse d’énergie renouvelable au pays (et au monde). Ces projets génèrent plus de 2,3 millions de mégawattheures (MWh) d’énergie propre, soit suffisamment pour alimenter 1,69 million de foyers canadiens.

La formation est également l’une de nos principales priorités. Depuis 2017, nous avons formé plus de 200 000 Canadiens et Canadiennes en compétences infonuagiques par le biais de programmes de formation et certification AWS gratuits et payants. Des apprenants ayant différents niveaux de compétences, de responsabilités et d’expérience peuvent acquérir des connaissances et des compétences pratiques grâce à AWS Skills Builder, qui offre plus de 600 cours en ligne gratuits en jusqu’à 14 langues. Amazon s’est engagé à offrir des formations gratuites en compétences infonuagiques à 29 millions de personnes à travers le monde d’ici 2025.

Sécurité
Des clients du monde entier font confiance à AWS pour assurer la sécurité de leurs données, alors que la sécurisation et la confidentialité de leurs charges de travail sont des éléments fondamentaux de notre mode de fonctionnement. Depuis les tous débuts d’AWS, nous innovons sans relâche en matière de sécurité, d’outils de protection de la vie privée et de pratiques afin de répondre aux attentes de nos clients, et même dépasser ces attentes.

Par exemple, les décisions concernant l’emplacement de stockage de vos données, et qui peut y accéder, vous appartiennent. Des services tels qu’AWS CloudTrail vous permettent de vérifier comment et quand les données sont consultées. Notre technologie de virtualisation, AWS Nitro System, a été conçue pour restreindre l’accès de tout opérateur aux données de la clientèle. Cela signifie qu’aucun membre du personnel d’AWS, ou même un service AWS, peut accéder aux données lorsqu’elles sont utilisées au sein d’une instance Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). En effet, NCC Group, une des principales firmes de conseil en cybersécurité au Royaume‑Uni, a procédé à une vérification de notre architecture Nitro et a confirmé nos affirmations.

Notre infrastructure de base est conçue pour répondre aux exigences de sécurité des armées, des banques mondiales, ainsi que d’autres organisations traitant des informations hautement sensibles.

Basée au Canada, Neo est une jeune pousse spécialisée en technologie financière qui profite de l’élasticité du Nuage AWS pour développer ses activités. En 2019, l’entreprise a choisi AWS car nous l’avions aidée à répondre aux exigences réglementaires du secteur. Elle utilise Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) pour son infrastructure de base, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) pour un stockage très durable, Amazon GuardDuty pour améliorer sa posture de sécurité, ainsi qu’Amazon CloudFront afin d’optimiser les performances de ses systèmes pour sa clientèle.

Performances
L’infrastructure mondiale AWS est conçue pour offrir les meilleures performances et la plus faible latence atteignable, minimiser la perte de paquets et fournir la meilleure qualité générale pour l’ensemble du réseau. Cela est rendu possible grâce à un réseau dorsal de fibre optique de 400 GbE entièrement redondant, permettant souvent plusieurs térabits de capacité entre les Régions.

Afin d’offrir une latence encore plus faible à nos clients canadiens, nous avons annoncé la mise en place de deux Zone locales AWS à Toronto et Vancouver.

Les performances sont davantage importantes lorsque vous visionnez la diffusion en continu de votre émission préférée. L’entreprise Kidoodle.TV, basée à Calgary, offre un service de diffusion en continu destiné aux enfants. Elle compte plus de 100 millions de téléchargements de son application à travers le monde et plus d’un milliard de secondes publicitaires à vendre par période de 48 heures. En utilisant AWS, Kidoodle.TV a pu mettre en place le même type d’architecture de service que les entreprises multimilliardaires sont en mesure de déployer. Cela a permis à l’entreprise de passer, en une année, de 400 000 à 1,2 million d’utilisateurs actifs mensuels.

Informations complémentaires
Nous avons annoncé 12 futures Zones de disponibilité dans quatre Régions additionnelles en Malaisie, en Nouvelle‑Zélande, en Thaïlande et la Région souveraine en Europe; nous aurons le plaisir de partager des informations supplémentaires le moment venu.

Je suis impatient de découvrir vos innovations ainsi que les extraordinaires services que vous allez mettre en œuvre au sein de la Région AWS Canada Ouest (Calgary). N’hésitez pas à développer et à déployer votre infrastructure sur ca‑west‑1 dès aujourd’hui.

— Seb

In the Works – AWS European Sovereign Cloud

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/in-the-works-aws-european-sovereign-cloud/

The AWS European Sovereign Cloud will allow government agencies, regulated industries, and the independent software vendors (ISVs) that support them to store sensitive data and run critical workloads on AWS infrastructure that is operated and supported by AWS employees located in and residents of the European Union (EU). The first Region will be located in Germany.

Background
Late last year we announced the AWS Digital Sovereignty Pledge and made a commitment to offer you (and all AWS customers) the most advanced set of sovereignty controls and features available in the cloud. Since that announcement we have taken several important steps forward in fulfillment of that pledge:

May 2023 – We announced that AWS Nitro System had been validated by an independent third-party to confirm that it contains no mechanism that allows anyone at AWS to access your data on AWS hosts. At the same time we announced that the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) External Key Store allows you to store keys outside of AWS and use them to encrypt data stored in AWS.

August 2023 – We announced AWS Dedicated Local Zones, infrastructure that is fully managed by AWS and built for exclusive use by a customer or community, and placed in a customer-specified location or data center.

AWS European Sovereign Cloud
The upcoming AWS European Sovereign Cloud will be separate from, and independent of, the eight existing AWS Regions already open in Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Spain, and Zurich. It will give you additional options for deployment, while providing AWS services, APIs, and tools that you are already familiar with. The design will help you meet your data residency, operational autonomy, and resiliency needs.

In order to maintain separation between this cloud and the existing AWS Global Cloud you will need to create a fresh AWS account. The metadata you create such as data labels, categories, permissions, and configurations will be stored within the EU. This does not apply to AWS account information such as spend and billing data, which will be aggregated and used to ensure that you get favorable pricing within any applicable volume usage tiers.

As I mentioned earlier, this cloud will be operated and supported by AWS employees located in and residents of the EU, with support available 24/7/365.

The AWS European Sovereign Cloud will be operationally independent of the other regions, with separate in-Region billing and usage metering systems.

Initial Region
The initial region will be located in Germany. It will launch with multiple Availability Zones, each in separate and distinct geographic locations, with enough distance between them to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting your business continuity. We will have additional details on the list of available services, instance types, and so forth as we get closer to the launch.

Over time, this and other regions in this cloud will also function as parent regions for AWS Outposts and Dedicated Local Zones. These options give you even more flexibility with regard to isolation and in-country data residency. If you would like to express your interest in Dedicated Local Zones in your country, please contact your AWS account manager.

Get Ready
You can start to build applications today in any of the existing regions and move them to the AWS European Sovereign Cloud when the region launches. You can also initiate conversations with your local regulatory authorities in order to better understand any issues that are specific to your particular location.

Jeff;

AWS Weekly Roundup – AWS Dedicated Zones, Events and More – August 28, 2023

Post Syndicated from Sébastien Stormacq original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-weekly-roundup-aws-dedicated-zones-events-and-more-august-28-2023/

This week, I will meet our customers and partners at the AWS Summit Mexico. If you are around, please come say hi at the community lounge and at the F1 Game Day where I will spend most of my time. I would love to discuss your developer experience on AWS and listen to your stories about building on AWS.

Last Week’s Launches
I am amazed at how quickly service teams are deploying services to the new il-central-1 Region, aka AWS Israel (Tel-Aviv) Region. I counted no fewer than 25 new service announcements since we opened the Region on August 1, including ten just for last week!

In addition to these developments in the new Region, here are some launches that got my attention during the previous week.

AWS Dedicated Local Zones – Just like Local Zones, Dedicated Local Zones are a type of AWS infrastructure that is fully managed by AWS. Unlike Local Zones, they are built for exclusive use by you or your community and placed in a location or data center specified by you to help comply with regulatory requirements. I think about them as a portion of AWS infrastructure dedicated to my exclusive usage.

Enhanced search on AWS re:Post – AWS re:Post is a cloud knowledge service. The enhanced search experience helps you locate answers and discover articles more quickly. Search results are now presenting a consolidated view of all AWS knowledge on re:Post. The view shows AWS Knowledge Center articles, question and answers, and community articles that are relevant to the user’s search query.

Amazon QuickSight supports scheduled programmatic export to Microsoft ExcelAmazon QuickSight now supports scheduled generation of Excel workbooks by selecting multiple tables and pivot table visuals from any sheet of a dashboard. Snapshot Export APIs will now also support programmatic export to Excel format, in addition to Paginated PDF and CSV.

Amazon WorkSpaces announced a new client to support Ubuntu 20.04 and 22.04 – The new client, powered by WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP), improves the remote desktop experience by offering enhanced web conferencing functionality, better multi-monitor support, and a more user-friendly interface. To get started, simply download the new Linux client versions from Amazon WorkSpaces client download website.

Amazon Sagemaker CPU/GPU profiler – We launched the preview of Amazon SageMaker Profiler, an advanced observability tool for large deep learning workloads. With this new capability, you are able to access granular compute hardware-related profiling insights for optimizing model training performance.

Amazon Sagemaker rolling deployments strategy – You can now update your Amazon SageMaker Endpoints using a rolling deployment strategy. Rolling deployment makes it easier for you to update fully-scaled endpoints that are deployed on hundreds of popular accelerated compute instances.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Some other updates and news that you might have missed:

On-demand Container Loading in AWS Lambda – This one is not new from this week, but I spotted it while I was taking a few days of holidays. Marc Brooker and team were awarded Best Paper by USENIX Association for On-demand Container Loading in AWS Lambda (pdf). They explained in detail the challenges of loading (huge) container images in AWS Lambda. A must-read if you’re curious how Lambda functions work behind the scenes (pdf).

The Official AWS Podcast – Listen each week for updates on the latest AWS news and deep dives into exciting use cases. There are also official AWS podcasts in several languages. Check out the ones in FrenchGermanItalian, and Spanish.

AWS Open Source News and Updates – This is a newsletter curated by my colleague Ricardo to bring you the latest open source projects, posts, events, and more.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:

AWS Hybrid Cloud & Edge Day (August 30) – Join a free-to-attend one-day virtual event to hear the latest hybrid cloud and edge computing trends, emerging technologies, and learn best practices from AWS leaders, customers, and industry analysts. To learn more, see the detail agenda and register now.

AWS Global SummitsAWS Summits – The 2023 AWS Summits season is almost ending with the last two in-person events in Mexico City (August 30) and Johannesburg (September 26).

AWS re:Invent – But don’t worry because re:Invent season (November 27–December 1) is coming closer. Join us to hear the latest from AWS, learn from experts, and connect with the global cloud community. Registration is now open.

AWS Community Days AWS Community Day– Join a community-led conference run by AWS user group leaders in your region: Aotearoa (September 6), Lebanon (September 9), Munich (September 14), Argentina (September 16), Spain (September 23), and Chile (September 30). Visit the landing page to check out all the upcoming AWS Community Days.

CDK Day (September 29) – A community-led fully virtual event with tracks in English and Spanish about CDK and related projects. Learn more at the website.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Week in Review!

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

— seb

AWS Weekly Roundup – AWS Storage Day, AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region, and More – Aug 8, 2023

Post Syndicated from Veliswa Boya original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-weekly-roundup-aws-storage-day-aws-israel-tel-aviv-region-and-more-aug-8-2023/

(Editor’s note: Today, we are changing the title of this regular weekly post from AWS Week in Review to AWS Weekly Roundup to better reflect the mix of recent top news and announcements as well as upcoming events you won’t want to miss.)


It’s taken me some time to finally be comfortable with being in front of a camera, a strange thing for a Developer Advocate to say I know! Last week I joined a couple of my team-mates at the AWS London Studios to record a series of videos that will be published in our Build On AWS YouTube Channel. Build On AWS is for the hands-on, technical AWS cloud builder who wants to become more agile and innovate faster. In the channel, you’ll find dynamic, high-quality content that’s designed for developers, by developers!

This video tells you more about what you’ll find in the channel. Check it out and consider subscribing to not miss out when we publish new content.

Now on to the AWS updates. There was a lot of news related to AWS last week, and I’ve compiled a few announcements and upcoming events you need to know about. Let’s get started!

Last Week’s Launches
Here are a few launches from last week that you might have missed:

Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise now available on Amazon WorkSpaces servicesAmazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure, and reliable virtual desktop in the AWS Cloud. With Amazon WorkSpaces, you improve IT agility and maximize user experience, while only paying for the infrastructure that you use. We announced the availability of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise on Amazon WorkSpaces. You can bring your own Microsoft 365 licenses (if they meet Microsoft’s licensing requirements) and activate the applications at no additional cost to run Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise on Amazon WorkSpaces services.

AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region is Now Open – You can now securely store data in Israel while serving users in the vicinity with even lower latency. This is because last week we launched the Tel Aviv Region to give customers an additional option for running applications and serving users from data centers located in Israel.

Amazon Connect Launches – This is one of my favorite AWS services to write about because of how Amazon Connect is changing our customers’ engagement with their own customers. Last week, Amazon Connect announced automatic activity scheduling based on shift duration, custom flow block titles, and archiving and deleting flows from the UI, to name a few.

Other AWS News
A few more news items and blog posts you might have missed:

Customizable thresholds for health events supported on Amazon CloudWatch Internet Monitor – Until this announcement, the default threshold for overall availability and performance scores to invoke a health event was 95 percent. Now, you can customize the thresholds for when to invoke a health event for internet-facing traffic between your end users and your applications hosted on AWS.

Improved AWS Backup performance for Amazon S3 buckets – Now you can speed up your initial Amazon S3 backup workflow and back up buckets with more than 3 billion objects due to improvements to the speed of backups by up to 10x for buckets with more than 300 million objects. This performance improvement is automatically enabled at no additional cost in all Regions where AWS Backup support for Amazon S3 is available.

For AWS open-source news and updates, check out the latest newsletter curated by my colleague Ricardo Sueiras to bring you the most recent updates on open-source projects, posts, events, and more.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Upcoming AWS Events
We have the following upcoming events:

AWS Storage Day (August 9) – A one-day virtual event where you’ll learn how to prepare for AI/ML with the storage decisions you make now, how to do more with your budget by optimizing storage costs for on-premises and cloud data, and how to deliver holistic data protection for your organization, including recovery planning to help protect against ransomware. Learn more and register here.

AWS Summit Mexico City (August 30)Sign up for the Summit to connect and collaborate with other like-minded folks while learning about AWS.

AWS Community Days (August 12, 19) – Join these community-led conferences where event logistics and content are planned, sourced, and delivered by community leaders: Colombia (August 12), and West Africa (August 19).

 


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Now Open – AWS Israel (Tel Aviv ) Region

Post Syndicated from Channy Yun original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-open-aws-israel-tel-aviv-region/

In June 2021, Jeff Barr announced the upcoming AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region. Today we’re announcing the general availability of the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region, with three Availability Zones and the il-central-1 API name.

The new Tel Aviv Region gives customers an additional option for running their applications and serving users from data centers located in Israel. Customers can securely store data in Israel while serving users in the vicinity with even lower latency.

AWS Services in the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region
In the new Tel Aviv Region, you can use C5, C5d, C6g, C6gn, C6i, C6id, D3, G5, I3I3en, I4i, M5, M5dM6gM6gd, M6i, M6id, P4de (public preview only), R5R5d, R6g, R6i, R6id, T3, T3a, T4g instances, and a long list of AWS services including: Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppConfig, AWS Application Auto Scaling, Amazon Aurora, Aurora PostgreSQL, AWS Budgets, AWS Certificate Manager, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Cloudfront, AWS Cloud Map, AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Config, AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS Direct Connect, AWS Directory Service, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, EC2 Image Builder, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, Amazon ElastiCache, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Elastic Load Balancing, Elastic Load Balancing – Network (NLB), Amazon EMR, Amazon EventBridge, AWS Fargate, Glacier, AWS Health Dashboard, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Lambda, AWS Marketplace, AWS Mobile SDK for iOS and Android, Amazon OpenSearch Service, AWS Organizations, Amazon Redshift, AWS Resource Access Manager, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Resource Groups, Amazon Route 53, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Shield Standard, AWS Shield Advanced, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF), AWS Step Functions, AWS Support API, AWS Systems Manager, AWS Trusted Advisor, VM Import/Export, AWS VPN, AWS WAF, and AWS X-Ray.

AWS in Israel
According to the Israel Ministry of Economic Industry, Israel is in the front line of the cloud computing era and “is known to be the ‘start-up nation’ of the number of global start-ups being produced. Over the past decade, Israel has produced over 2,000 start-ups, the majority of these start-ups are driven by software as a service (SaaS). Israeli cloud technology remains a strong promise in the market as new start-ups are continuously penetrating the market.”

AWS began supporting startups in Israel in 2013 through its AWS Activate program. In Israel, AWS works with accelerator organizations such as 8200 EISP, F2 Venture Capitalthejunction, and TechStars as well as venture capital firms like Entrée Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Pitango, Vertex Ventures Israel, and Viola Group to support the rapid growth of their portfolio companies.

Back in 2014, we opened an AWS office and a research and development (R&D) center in Israel. Since then, Amazon has expanded its R&D presence in the country, which now includes Prime Air and Alexa Shopping.

In 2015, AWS acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli microelectronics company, which has developed advanced compute, networking, security, and storage technologies for AWS—such as AWS-designed Graviton processors, AWS Inferentia, AWS Trainium chips, and the AWS Nitro System.

In 2018, we expanded to new offices in Tel Aviv, including AWS Experience Tel Aviv on Floor28 to support the growth of Israeli startups, enterprises, and government customers through technology-focused events and educational activities. Now, AWS Experience Tel Aviv on Floor28 is an education hub where anyone interested in AWS can attend industry events, workshops, and meetups, and receive free, in-person technical and business guidance from AWS experts.

In 2019, we launched the first AWS infrastructure in Israel, opening an Amazon CloudFront edge location. In 2020, we brought AWS Outposts and AWS Direct Connect to Israel, providing Israeli organizations with the ability to run AWS technology in their own data centers and establish dedicated connections back to the AWS Cloud.

In April 2021, the government of Israel announced that it had selected AWS as its primary cloud provider as part of the Nimbus contract. The Nimbus framework will enable government departments—including the ministries, education, healthcare, and municipalities—to accelerate their digital transformation by using AWS technologies.

AWS continues to invest in upskilling local developers, students, and the next generation of IT leaders in Israel through programs such as AWS Educate, AWS Academy, AWS re/Start, and other Training and Certification programs.

AWS Educate and Academy programs are providing free resources to accelerate cloud-related learning and preparing today’s students in Israel for the jobs of the future. Israel colleges already participating in the AWS Academy program include the Bar Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Holon Institute of Technology, Jerusalem College of Technology, and University of Haifa. We also launched AWS re/Start to focus on helping unemployed or underemployed individuals to launch a new cloud career. You can now apply to AWS re/Start programs through Appleseeds, Sigma Labs Jerusalem, and Analiza Cyber Intelligence in Israel.

AWS Customers in Israel
We have many amazing customers in Israel who are doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

AI21 Labs – AI21 Labs offers access to its state-of-the-art proprietary language models through AI21 Studio for businesses to build their own generative artificial intelligence applications, as well as its consumer product, Wordtune, the first AI-based writing assistant to understand context and meaning. AI21 Labs scaled to hundreds of GPUs efficiently and cost effectively to build the Jurassic-2 family of language models. These models were trained with distributed and parallelized infrastructure based on Amazon EC2 P4d instances 400 Gbps high-performance networking supported by Elastic Fabric Adaptor (EFA).

Bank Leumi – Leumi is one of the leading banks in Israel and has over 200 branches across the country and dedicated teams using AWS to build an advanced banking services marketplace. In just 5 months, Leumi migrated 16 on-premises applications from its former Kubernetes solution to Amazon EKS Anywhere with no service interruptions. The bank’s new environment facilitates a consistent, scalable approach to deployments, saving time and money and increasing innovation velocity.

CyberArk – CyberArk is an AWS partner in the identity security industry. Centered on privileged access management, CyberArk provides the most comprehensive security SaaS offering on AWS for any identity—human or machine—across business applications, distributed workforces, hybrid cloud workloads, and throughout the DevOps lifecycle. CyberArk Identity Security Intelligence has integrated with AWS CloudTrail Lake to increase visibility and responsiveness associated with targeted threats. CyberArk Audit also delivers security event information to Amazon Security Lake.

Ichilov Hospital – The I-Medata Innovation Center of Ichilov Hospital uses AWS Control Tower to facilitate the fast, consistent, and secure creation of AWS accounts while protecting sensitive medical data. The center also relies on Amazon SageMaker to enable its scientists to build, train, and deploy advanced machine learning models for early detection of deterioration in COVID-19 patients. They had full protection of sensitive medical data on AWS while continuing to enable the productivity of researchers.

You can find more customer stories from Israel.

Available Now
The new Tel Aviv Region is ready to support your business. You can find a detailed list of the services available in this Region on the AWS Regional Services List.

With this launch, AWS now spans 102 Availability Zones in 32 geographic Regions around the world. We have also announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more Regions in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand.

To learn more, see the Global Infrastructure page, give it a try, and send feedback through your usual AWS support contacts in Israel.

— Channy

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New: AWS Local Zone in Phoenix, Arizona – More Instance Types, More EBS Storage Classes, and More Services

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-local-zone-in-phoenix-arizona-more-instance-types-more-ebs-storage-classes-and-more-services/

I am happy to announce that a new AWS Local Zone in Phoenix, Arizona is now open and ready for you to use, with more instance types, storage classes, and services than ever before.

We launched the first AWS Local Zone in 2019 (AWS Now Available from a Local Zone in Los Angeles) with the goal of making a select set of EC2 instance types, EBS volume types, and other AWS services available with single-digit millisecond when accessed from Los Angeles and other locations in Southern California. Since then, we have launched a second Local Zone in Los Angeles, along with 15 more in other parts of the United States and another 17 around the world, 34 in all. We are also planning to build 19 more Local Zones outside of the US (see the Local Zones Locations page for a complete list).

Local Zones In Action
Our customers make use of Local Zones in many different ways. Popular use cases include real-time gaming, hybrid migrations, content creation for media & entertainment, live video streaming, engineering simulations, and AR/VR at the edge. Here are a couple of great examples that will give you a taste of what is possible:

Arizona State University (ASU) – Known for its innovation and research, ASU is among the largest universities in the U.S. with 173,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff. Local Zones help them to accelerate the delivery of online services and storage, giving them a level of performance that is helping them to transform the educational experience for students and staff.

DISH Wireless -Two years ago they began to build a cloud-native, fully virtualized 5G network on AWS, making use of Local Zones to support latency-sensitive real-time 5G applications and workloads at the network edge (read Telco Meets AWS Cloud to learn more). The new Local Zone in Phoenix will allow them to further enhance the strength and reliability of their network by extending their 5G core to the edge.

We work closely with these and many other customers to make sure that the Local Zone(s) that they use are a great fit for their use cases. In addition to the already-strong set of instance types, storage classes, and services that are part-and-parcel of every Local Zone, we add others on an as-needed basis.

For example, Local Zones in Los Angeles, Miami, and other locations have additional instance types; several Local Zones have additional Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) storage classes, and others have extra services such as Application Load Balancer, Amazon FSx, Amazon EMR, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon GameLift, and AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN). You can see this first-hand on the Local Zones Features page.

And Now, Phoenix
As I mentioned earlier, this Local Zone has more instance types, storage classes, and services than earlier Local Zones. Here’s what’s inside:

Instance Types – Compared to all other Local Zones with the T3, C5(d), R5(d), and G4dn instance types, the Phoenix Local Zone includes C6i, M6i, R6i, and Cg6n instances.

EBS Volume Types  – In addition to the gp2 volumes that are available in all Local Zones, the Phoenix Local Zone includes gp3 (General Purpose SSD) , io1 (Provisioned IOPS SSD) , st1 (Throughput Optimized HDD), and sc1 (Cold HDD) storage.

Services – In addition to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), AWS Shield, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Application Load Balancer, and AWS Direct Connect, the Phoenix LZ includes NAT Gateway.

Pricing Models – In addition to On-Demand and Savings Plans, the Phoenix Local Zone includes Spot.

Going forward, we plan to launch more Local Zones that are similarly equipped.

Opting-In to the Phoenix Local Zone
The original Phoenix Local Zone was launched in 2022 and remains available to customers who have already enabled it. The Zone that we are announcing today can be enabled by new and existing customers.

To get started with this or any other Local Zone, I must first enable it. To do this, I open the EC2 Console, select the parent region (US West (Oregon)) from the menu, and then click EC2 Dashboard in the left-side navigation:

Then I click on Zones in the Account attributes box:

Next, I scroll down to the new Phoenix Local Zone (us-west-2-phx-2), and click Manage:

I click Enabled, and then Update zone group:

I confirm that I want to enable the Zone Group, and click Ok:

And I am all set. I can create EBS volumes, launch EC2 instances, and make use of the other services in this Local Zone.

Jeff;

Now Open — AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region in Australia

Post Syndicated from Donnie Prakoso original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-open-aws-asia-pacific-melbourne-region-in-australia/

Following up on Jeff’s post on the announcement of the Melbourne Region, today I’m pleased to share the general availability of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region with three Availability Zones and API name ap-southeast-4.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is the second infrastructure Region in Australia, in addition to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, and 12th the twelfth Region in Asia Pacific, joining existing Rregions in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Osaka, Jakarta, Hyderabad, Sydney, and Mainland China Beijing and Ningxia Regions.

Melbourne city historic building: Flinders Street Station built of yellow sandstone

AWS in Australia: Long-Standing History
In November 2012, AWS established a presence in Australia with the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region. Since then, AWS has provided continuous investments in infrastructure and technology to help drive digital transformations in Australia, to support hundreds of thousands of active customers each month.

Amazon CloudFront — Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) service built for high performance, security, and developer convenience that was first launched in Australia alongside Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. To further accelerate the delivery of static and dynamic web content to end users in Australia, AWS announced additional CloudFront locations for Sydney and Melbourne in 2014. In addition, AWS also announced a Regional Edge Cache in 2016 and an additional CloudFront point of presence (PoP) in Perth in 2018. CloudFront points of presence ensure popular content can be served quickly to your viewers. Regional Edge Caches are positioned (network-wise) between the CloudFront locations and the origin and further help to improve content performance. AWS currently has seven edge locations and one Regional Edge Cache location in Australia.

AWS Direct Connect — As with CloudFront, the first AWS Direct Connect location was made available with Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region launch in 2012. To continue helping our customers in Australia improve application performance, secure data, and reduce networking costs, AWS announced the opening of additional Direct Connect locations in Sydney (2014), Melbourne (2016), Canberra (2017), Perth (2017), and an additional location in Sydney (2022), totaling six locations.

AWS Local Zones — To help customers run applications that require single-digit millisecond latency or local data processing, customers can use AWS Local Zones. They bring AWS infrastructure (compute, storage, database, and other select AWS services) closer to end users and business centers. AWS customers can run workloads with low latency requirements on the AWS Local Zones location in Perth while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions.

Upskilling Local Developers, Students, and Future IT Leaders
Digital transformation will not happen on its own. AWS runs various programs and has trained more than 200,000 people across Australia with cloud skills since 2017. There is an additional goal to train more than 29 million people globally with free cloud skills by 2025. Here’s a brief description of related programs from AWS:

  • AWS re/Start is a digital skills training program that prepares unemployed, underemployed, and transitioning individuals for careers in cloud computing and connects students to potential employers.
  • AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs.
  • AWS Educate provides students with access to AWS services. AWS is also collaborating with governments, educators, and the industry to help individuals, both tech and nontech workers, build and deepen their digital skills to nurture a workforce that can harness the power of cloud computing and advanced technologies.
  • AWS Industry Quest is a game-based training initiative designed to help professionals and teams learn and build vital cloud skills and solutions. At re:Invent 2022, AWS announced the first iteration of the program for the financial services sector. National Australia Bank (NAB) is AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services’ first beta customer globally. Through AWS Industry Quest, NAB has trained thousands of colleagues in cloud skills since 2018, resulting in more than 4,500 industry-recognized certifications.

In addition to the above programs, AWS is also committed to supporting Victoria’s local tech community through digital upskilling, community initiatives, and partnerships. The Victorian Digital Skills is a new program from the Victorian Government that helps create a new pipeline of talent to meet the digital skills needs of Victorian employers. AWS has taken steps to help solve the retraining challenge by supporting the Victorian Digital Skills Program, which enables mid-career Victorians to reskill on technology and gain access to higher-paying jobs.

The Climate Pledge
Amazon is committed to investing and innovating across its businesses to help create a more sustainable future. With The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon across its business by 2040 and is on a path to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

As of May 2022, two projects in Australia are operational. Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Gunnedah and Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Suntop will aim to generate 392,000 MWh of renewable energy each year, equal to the annual electricity consumption of 63,000 Australian homes. Once Amazon Wind Farm Australia – Hawkesdale also becomes operational, it will boost the projects’ combined yearly renewable energy generation to 717,000 MWh, or enough for nearly 115,000 Australian homes.

AWS Customers in Australia
We have customers in Australia that are doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

National Australia Bank Limited (NAB)
NAB is one of Australia’s largest banks and Australia’s largest business bank. “We have been exploring the potential use cases with AWS since the announcement of the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region,” said Steve Day, Chief Technology Officer at NAB.

Locating key banking applications and critical workloads geographically close to their compute platform and the bulk of their corporate workforce will provide lower latency benefits. Moreover, it will simplify their disaster recovery plans. With AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region, it will also accelerate their strategy to move 80 percent of applications to the cloud by 2025.

Littlepay
This Melbourne-based financial technology company works with more than 250 transport and mobility providers to enable contactless payments on local buses, city networks, and national public transport systems.

“Our mission is to create a universal payment experience around the world, which requires world-class global infrastructure that can grow with us,” said Amin Shayan, CEO at Littlepay. “To drive a seamless experience for our customers, we ingest and process over 1 million monthly transactions in real time using AWS, which enables us to generate insights that help us improve our services. We are excited about the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia, as it gives us access to advanced technologies, like machine learning and artificial intelligence, at a lower latency to help make commuting a simpler and more enjoyable experience.”

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
RMIT is a global university of technology, design, and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff around the world.

“Today’s launch of the AWS Region in Melbourne will open up new ways for our researchers to drive computational engineering and maximize the scientific return,” said Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Interim DVC, STEM College, at RMIT.

“We recently launched RMIT University’s AWS Cloud Supercomputing facility (RACE) for RMIT researchers, who are now using it to power advances into battery technologies, photonics, and geospatial science. The low latency and high throughput delivered by the new AWS Region in Melbourne, combined with our 400 Gbps-capable private fiber network, will drive new ways of innovation and collaboration yet to be discovered. We fundamentally believe RACE will help truly democratize high-performance computing capabilities for researchers to run their datasets and make faster discoveries.”

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
ABS holds the Census of Population and Housing every five years. It is the most comprehensive snapshot of Australia, collecting data from around 10 million households and more than 25 million people.

“In this day and age, people expect a fast and simple online experience when using government services,” said Bindi Kindermann, program manager for 2021 Census Field Operations at ABS. “Using AWS, the ABS was able to scale and securely deliver services to people across the country, making it possible for them to quickly and easily participate in this nationwide event.”

With the success of the 2021 Census, the ABS is continuing to expand its use of AWS into broader areas of its business, making use of the security, reliability, and scalability of the cloud.

You can find more inspiring stories from our customers in Australia by visiting Customer Success Stories page.

Things to Know
AWS User Groups in Australia — Australia is also home to 9 AWS Heroes, 43 AWS Community Builders and community members of 17 AWS User Groups in various cities in Australia. Find an AWS User Group near you to meet and collaborate with fellow developers, participate in community activities and share your AWS knowledge.

AWS Global Footprint — With this launch, AWS now spans 99 Availability Zones within 31 geographic Regions around the world. We have also announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and 4 more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Available Now — The new Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region is ready to support your business, and you can find a detailed list of the services available in this Region on the AWS Regional Services List.

To learn more, please visit the Global Infrastructure page, and start building on ap-southeast-4!

Happy building!

Donnie

AWS Week in Review – January 16, 2023

Post Syndicated from Antje Barth original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-week-in-review-january-16-2023/

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US to honor the late civil rights leader’s life, legacy, and achievements. In this article, Amazon employees share what MLK Day means to them and how diversity makes us stronger.

Coming back to our AWS Week in Review—it’s been a busy week!

Last Week’s Launches
Here are some launches that got my attention during the previous week:

AWS Local Zones in Perth and Santiago now generally available – AWS Local Zones help you run latency-sensitive applications closer to end users. AWS now has a total of 29 Local Zones; 12 outside of the US (Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Delhi, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kolkata, Muscat, Perth, Santiago, Taipei, and Warsaw) and 17 in the US. See the full list of available and announced AWS Local Zones and learn how to get started.

AWS Local Zones Locations

AWS Clean Rooms now available in preview – During AWS re:Invent this past November, we announced AWS Clean Rooms, a new analytics service that helps companies across industries easily and securely analyze and collaborate on their combined datasets—without sharing or revealing underlying data. You can now start using AWS Clean Rooms (Preview).

Amazon Kendra updates – Amazon Kendra is an intelligent search service powered by machine learning (ML) that helps you search across different content repositories with built-in connectors. With the new Amazon Kendra Intelligent Ranking for self-managed OpenSearch, you can now improve the quality of your OpenSearch search results using Amazon Kendra’s ML-powered semantic ranking technology.

Amazon Kendra also released an Amazon S3 connector with VPC support to index and search documents from Amazon S3 hosted in your VPC, a new Google Drive Connector to index and search documents from Google Drive, a Microsoft Teams Connector to enable Microsoft Teams messaging search, and a Microsoft Exchange Connector to enable email-messaging search.

Amazon Personalize updates – Amazon Personalize helps you improve customer engagement through personalized product and content recommendations. Using the new Trending-Now recipe, you can now generate recommendations for items that are rapidly becoming more popular with your users. Amazon Personalize now also supports tag-based resource authorization. Tags are labels in the form of key-value pairs that can be attached to individual Amazon Personalize resources to manage resources or allocate costs.

Amazon SageMaker Canvas now delivers up to 3x faster ML model training time – SageMaker Canvas is a visual interface that enables business analysts to generate accurate ML predictions on their own—without having to write a single line of code. The accelerated model training times help you prototype and experiment more rapidly, shortening the time to generate predictions and turn data into valuable insights.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Here are some additional news items and blog posts that you may find interesting:

AWS open-source news and updates – My colleague Ricardo writes this weekly open-source newsletter in which he highlights new open-source projects, tools, and demos from the AWS Community. Read edition #141 here.

ML model hosting best practices in Amazon SageMaker – This seven-part blog series discusses best practices for ML model hosting in SageMaker to help you identify which hosting design pattern meets your needs best. The blog series also covers advanced concepts such as multi-model endpoints (MME), multi-container endpoints (MCE), serial inference pipelines, and model ensembles. Read part one here.

I would also like to recommend this really interesting Amazon Science article about differential privacy for end-to-end speech recognition. The data used to train AI models is protected by differential privacy (DP), which adds noise during training. In this article, Amazon researchers show how ensembles of teacher models can meet DP constraints while reducing error by more than 26 percent relative to standard DP methods.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:

#BuildOnLiveBuild On AWS Live events are a series of technical streams on twitch.tv/aws that focus on technology topics related to challenges hands-on practitioners face today.

  • Join the Build On Live Weekly show about the cloud, the community, the code, and everything in between, hosted by AWS Developer Advocates. The show streams every Thursday at 09:00 US PT on twitch.tv/aws.
  • Join the new The Big Dev Theory show, co-hosted with AWS partners, discussing various topics such as data and AI, AIOps, integration, and security. The show streams every Tuesday at 08:00 US PT on twitch.tv/aws.

Check the AWS Twitch schedule for all shows.

AWS Community Days – AWS Community Day events are community-led conferences that deliver a peer-to-peer learning experience, providing developers with a venue to acquire AWS knowledge in their preferred way: from one another.

AWS Innovate Data and AI/ML edition – AWS Innovate is a free online event to learn the latest from AWS experts and get step-by-step guidance on using AI/ML to drive fast, efficient, and measurable results.

  • AWS Innovate Data and AI/ML edition for Asia Pacific and Japan is taking place on February 22, 2023. Register here.
  • Registrations for AWS Innovate EMEA (March 9, 2023) and the Americas (March 14, 2023) will open soon. Check the AWS Innovate page for updates.

You can browse all upcoming in-person and virtual events.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Week in Review!

— Antje

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

How to select a Region for your workload based on sustainability goals

Post Syndicated from Sam Mokhtari original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/how-to-select-a-region-for-your-workload-based-on-sustainability-goals/

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is a constantly expanding network of Regions and points of presence (PoP), with a global network infrastructure linking them together. The choice of Regions for your workload significantly affects your workload KPIs, including performance, cost, and carbon footprint.

The Well-Architected Framework’s sustainability pillar offers design principles and best practices that you can use to meet sustainability goals for your AWS workloads. It recommends choosing Regions for your workload based on both your business requirements and sustainability goals. In this blog, we explain how to select an appropriate AWS Region for your workload. This process includes two key steps:

  • Assess and shortlist potential Regions for your workload based on your business requirements.
  • Choose Regions near Amazon renewable energy projects and Region(s) where the grid has a lower published carbon intensity.

To demonstrate this two-step process, let’s assume we have a web application that must be deployed in the AWS Cloud to support end users in the UK and Sweden. Also, let’s assume there is no local regulation that binds the data residency to a specific location. Let’s select a Region for this workload based on guidance in the sustainability pillar of AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Shortlist potential Regions for your workload

Let’s follow the best practice on Region selection in the sustainability pillar of AWS Well-Architected Framework. The first step is to assess and shortlist potential Regions for your workload based on your business requirements.

In What to Consider when Selecting a Region for your Workloads, there are four key business factors to consider when evaluating and shortlisting each AWS Region for a workload:

  • Latency
  • Cost
  • Services and features
  • Compliance

To shortlist your potential Regions:

  • Confirm that these Regions are compliant, based on your local regulations.
  • Use the AWS Regional Services Lists to check if the Regions have the services and features you need to run your workload.
  • Calculate the cost of the workload on each Region using the AWS Pricing Calculator.
  • Test the network latency between your end user locations and each AWS Region.

At this point, you should have a list of AWS Regions. For this sample workload, let’s assume only Europe (London) and Europe (Stockholm) Regions are shortlisted. They can address the requirements for latency, cost, and features for our use case.

Choose Regions for your workload

After shortlisting the potential Regions, the next step is to choose Regions for your workload. Choose Regions near Amazon renewable energy projects or Regions where the grid has a lower published carbon intensity. To understand this step, you need to first understand the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol to track emissions.

Based on the GHG Protocol, there are two methods to track emissions from electricity production: market-based and location-based. Companies may choose one of these methods based on their relevant sustainability guidelines to track and compare their year-to-year emissions. Amazon uses the market-based model to report our emissions.

AWS Region(s) selection based on market-based method

With the market-based method, emissions are calculated based on the electricity that businesses have chosen to purchase. For example, the business could decide to contract and purchase electricity produced by renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Amazon’s goal is to power our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of our original 2030 target. We contract for renewable power from utility-scale wind and solar projects that add clean energy to the grid. These new renewable projects support hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars investment in local communities. Find more details about our work around the globe. We support these grids through the purchase of environmental attributes, like Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Guarantees of Origin (GoO), in line with our renewable energy methodology. As a result, we have a number of Regions listed that are powered by more than 95% renewable energy on the Amazon sustainability website.

Choose one of these Regions to help you power your workload with more renewable energy and reduce your carbon footprint. For the sample workload we’re using as our example, both the Europe (London) and Europe (Stockholm) Regions are in this list. They are powered by over 95% renewable energy based on the market-based emission method.

AWS Regions selection based on location-based carbon method 

The location-based method considers the average emissions intensity of the energy grids where consumption takes place. As a result, wherever the organization conducts business, it assesses emissions from the local electricity system. You can use the emissions intensity of the energy grids through a trusted data source to assess Regions for your workload.

Let’s look how we can use Electricity Maps data to select a Region for our sample workload:

1. Go to Electricity Maps (see Figure 1)

2. Search for South Central Sweden zone to get carbon intensity of electricity consumed for Europe (Stockholm) Region (display aggregated data on yearly basis)

Carbon intensity of electricity for South Central Sweden

Figure 1. Carbon intensity of electricity for South Central Sweden

3. Search for Great Britain to get carbon intensity of electricity consumed for Europe (London) Region (display aggregated data on yearly basis)

Carbon intensity of electricity for Great Britain

Figure 2. Carbon intensity of electricity for Great Britain

As you can determine from Figure 2, the Europe (Stockholm) Region has a lower carbon intensity of electricity consumed compared to the Europe (London) Region.

For our sample workload, we have selected the Europe (Stockholm) Region due to latency, cost, features, and compliance. It also provides 95% renewable energy using the market-based method, and low grid carbon intensity with the location-based method.

Conclusion

In this blog, we explained the process for selecting an appropriate AWS Region for your workload based on both business requirements and sustainability goals.

Further reading:

Now Open the 30th AWS Region – Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region in India

Post Syndicated from Channy Yun original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-open-the-30th-aws-region-asia-pacific-hyderabad-region-in-india/

In November 2020, Jeff announced the upcoming AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) as the second Region in India. Yes! Today we are announcing the general availability of the 30th AWS Region, Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, with three Availability Zones and the ap-south-2 API name.

The Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region is located in the state of Telangana. As the capital and the largest city in Telangana, Hyderabad is already an important talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs. For example, AWS Hyderabad User Groups has more than 4,000 community members and holds active meetups, including an upcoming Community Day in December 2022.

The new Hyderabad Region gives customers an additional option for running their applications and serving end users from data centers located in India. Customers with data-residency requirements arising from statutes, regulations, and corporate policy can run workloads and securely store data in India while serving end users with even lower latency.

Here are the latest numbers of latency:

AWS Services in the Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region
In the new Hyderabad Region, you can use C5C5d, C6gM5M5dM6gdR5R5d, R6g, I3I3en, T3, and T4g instances, and use a long list of AWS services including: Amazon API Gateway, AWS AppConfig, AWS Application Auto Scaling, Amazon Aurora, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, AWS Config, AWS Certificate Manager, AWS Cloud Control API, AWS CloudFormation, AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS Direct Connect, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon EMR, Elastic Load Balancing, Elastic Load Balancing – Network (NLB), Amazon EventBridge, AWS Fargate, AWS Health Dashboard, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Lambda, AWS Marketplace, Amazon OpenSearch Service, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Redshift, Amazon Route 53, AWS Secrets Manager, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon S3 Glacier, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), AWS Step Functions, AWS Support API, Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF), AWS Systems Manager, AWS Trusted Advisor, VM Import/Export, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), AWS VPN, and AWS X-Ray.

AWS in India
AWS has a long-standing history of helping drive digital transformation in India. AWS first established a presence in the country in 2011, with the opening of an office in Delhi. In 2016, AWS launched the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region giving enterprises, public sector organizations, startups, and SMBs access to state-of-the-art public cloud infrastructure. In May 2019, AWS expanded the Region to include a third Availability Zone to support rapid customer growth and provide more choice, flexibility, the ability to replicate workloads across more Availability Zones, and even higher availability.

There are currently 33 Amazon CloudFront edge locations: Mumbai, India (10), New Delhi (7), Chennai (7), Bangalore (4), Hyderabad (3), and Kolkata (2) in India. The edge locations work in concert with a CloudFront Regional edge cache in Mumbai to speed delivery of content. There are six AWS Direct Connect locations, all of which connect to the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region: two in Mumbai, one in Chennai, one in Hyderabad, one in Delhi, and one in Bangalore. Finally, the first AWS Local Zones launched in Delhi, India for bringing selected AWS services very close to a particular geographic area. We announced plans to launch three more AWS Local Zones in India, in the cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.

AWS is also investing in the future of the Indian technology community and workforce, training tech professionals to expand their skillset and cloud knowledge. In fact, since 2017, AWS has trained over three million individuals in India on cloud skills. AWS has worked with government officials, educational institutes, and corporate organizations to achieve this milestone, which has included first-time learners and mid-career professionals alike.

AWS continues to invest in upskilling local developers, students, and the next generation of IT leaders in India through programs such as AWS Academy, AWS Educate, AWS re/Start, and other Training and Certification programs.

AWS Customers in India
We have many amazing customers in India that are doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

  • SonyLIV is the first Over the top (OTT) service in India born on the AWS Cloud. SonyLIV launched Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) interactive game show to allow viewers to submit answers to questions on the show in real time via their mobile devices. SonyLIV uses Amazon ElastiCache to support real-time, in-memory caching at scale, Amazon CloudFront as a low-latency content delivery network, and Amazon SQS as a highly available message queuing service.
  • DocOnline is a digital healthcare platform that provides video or phone doctor consultations to over 3.5 million families in 10 specialties and 14 Indian languages. DocOnline delivers over 100,000 consultations, diagnostic tests, and medicines every year. DocOnline has built its entire business on AWS to power its online consultation services 24-7 and to continuously measure and improve health outcomes. Being in the Healthcare domain, DocOnline needs to comply with regulatory guidelines, including Data Residency, PII security, and Disaster Recovery in seismic zones. With the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, DocOnline can ensure critical patient data is hosted in India on the most secure, extensive, and reliable cloud platform while serving customers with even faster response times.
  • ICICI Lombard General Insurance is one of the first among the large insurance companies in India to move over 140+ applications, including its core application, to AWS. The rapid advances in technology and computing power delivered by cloud computing are poised to radically change the way insurance is delivered as well as consumed. ICICI Lombard has launched new generation products like cyber insurance, telehealth, cashless homecare, and IoT-based risk management solutions for marine transit insurance, providing seamless integration with various digital partners for digital distribution of insurance products and virtual motor claims inspection solutions, which have seen adoption increase from 61 percent last year to 80 percent this year. ICICI Lombard was able to process group health endorsements for their corporate customers in less than a day as compared to 10–12 days earlier. ICICI Lombard is looking at the cloud for further transformative possibilities in real-time inspection of risk and personalized underwriting.
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, needed a highly reliable, scalable, and resilient technical infrastructure to power a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination drive for India’s more than 1.3 billion citizens in 2021. To facilitate the required performance and speed, the MoHFW engaged India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to build and launch the Co-WIN application powered by AWS, which scales in seconds to handle user registrations and consistently supports 10 million vaccinations daily.

You can find more customer stories in India.

Available Now
The new Hyderabad Region is ready to support your business. You can find a detailed list of the services available in this Region on the AWS Regional Services List.

With this launch, AWS now spans 96 Availability Zones within 30 geographic Regions around the world, with three new Regions launched in 2022, including the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, the AWS Europe (Zurich) Region, and the AWS Europe (Spain) Region. We have also announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.

To learn more, see the Global Infrastructure page, and please send feedback through your usual AWS support contacts in India.

— Channy

AWS Week in Review – November 21, 2022

Post Syndicated from Danilo Poccia original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-week-in-review-november-21-2022/

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS!

A new week starts, and the News Blog team is getting ready for AWS re:Invent! Many of us will be there next week and it would be great to meet in person. If you’re coming, do you know about PeerTalk? It’s an onsite networking program for re:Invent attendees available through the AWS Events mobile app (which you can get on Google Play or Apple App Store) to help facilitate connections among the re:Invent community.

If you’re not coming to re:Invent, no worries, you can get a free online pass to watch keynotes and leadership sessions.

Last Week’s Launches
It was a busy week for our service teams! Here are the launches that got my attention:

AWS Region in Spain – The AWS Region in Aragón, Spain, is now open. The official name is Europe (Spain), and the API name is eu-south-2.

Amazon Athena – You can now apply AWS Lake Formation fine-grained access control policies with all table and file format supported by Amazon Athena to centrally manage permissions and access data catalog resources in your Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) data lake. With fine-grained access control, you can restrict access to data in query results using data filters to achieve column-level, row-level, and cell-level security.

Amazon EventBridge – With these additional filtering capabilities, you can now filter events by suffix, ignore case, and match if at least one condition is true. This makes it easier to write complex rules when building event-driven applications.

AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK) – The ACK for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is now generally available and lets you provision and manage EC2 networking resources, such as VPCs, security groups and internet gateways using the Kubernetes API. Also, the ACK for Amazon EMR on EKS is now generally available to allow you to declaratively define and manage EMR on EKS resources such as virtual clusters and job runs as Kubernetes custom resources. Learn more about ACK for Amazon EMR on EKS in this blog post.

Amazon HealthLake – New analytics capabilities make it easier to query, visualize, and build machine learning (ML) models. Now HealthLake transforms customer data into an analytics-ready format in near real-time so that you can query, and use the resulting data to build visualizations or ML models. Also new is Amazon HealthLake Imaging (preview), a new HIPAA-eligible capability that enables you to easily store, access, and analyze medical images at any scale. More on HealthLake Imaging can be found in this blog post.

Amazon RDS – You can now transfer files between Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle and an Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system. You can use this integration to stage files like Oracle Data Pump export files when you import them. You can also use EFS to share a file system between an application and one or more RDS Oracle DB instances to address specific application needs.

Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS – We added centralized logging support for Windows containers to help you easily process and forward container logs to various AWS and third-party destinations such as Amazon CloudWatch, S3, Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, Datadog, and Splunk. See these blog posts for how to use this new capability with ECS and with EKS.

AWS SAM CLI – You can now use the Serverless Application Model CLI to locally test and debug an AWS Lambda function defined in a Terraform application. You can see a walkthrough in this blog post.

AWS Lambda – Now supports Node.js 18 as both a managed runtime and a container base image, which you can learn more about in this blog post. Also check out this interesting article on why and how you should use AWS SDK for JavaScript V3 with Node.js 18. And last but not least, there is new tooling support to build and deploy native AOT compiled .NET 7 applications to AWS Lambda. With this tooling, you can enable faster application starts and benefit from reduced costs through the faster initialization times and lower memory consumption of native AOT applications. Learn more in this blog post.

AWS Step Functions – Now supports cross-account access for more than 220 AWS services to process data, automate IT and business processes, and build applications across multiple accounts. Learn more in this blog post.

AWS Fargate – Adds the ability to monitor the utilization of the ephemeral storage attached to an Amazon ECS task. You can track the storage utilization with Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights and ECS Task Metadata endpoint.

AWS Proton – Now has a centralized dashboard for all resources deployed and managed by AWS Proton, which you can learn more about in this blog post. You can now also specify custom commands to provision infrastructure from templates. In this way, you can manage templates defined using the AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) and other templating and provisioning tools. More on CDK support and AWS CodeBuild provisioning can be found in this blog post.

AWS IAM – You can now use more than one multi-factor authentication (MFA) device for root account users and IAM users in your AWS accounts. More information is available in this post.

Amazon ElastiCache – You can now use IAM authentication to access Redis clusters. With this new capability, IAM users and roles can be associated with ElastiCache for Redis users to manage their cluster access.

Amazon WorkSpaces – You can now use version 2.0 of the WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) host agent that offers significant streaming quality and performance improvements, and you can learn more in this blog post. Also, with Amazon WorkSpaces Multi-Region Resilience, you can implement business continuity solutions that keep users online and productive with less than 30-minute recovery time objective (RTO) in another AWS Region during disruptive events. More on multi-region resilience is available in this post.

Amazon CloudWatch RUM – You can now send custom events (in addition to predefined events) for better troubleshooting and application specific monitoring. In this way, you can monitor specific functions of your application and troubleshoot end user impacting issues unique to the application components.

AWS AppSync – You can now define GraphQL API resolvers using JavaScript. You can also mix functions written in JavaScript and Velocity Template Language (VTL) inside a single pipeline resolver. To simplify local development of resolvers, AppSync released two new NPM libraries and a new API command. More info can be found in this blog post.

AWS SDK for SAP ABAP – This new SDK makes it easier for ABAP developers to modernize and transform SAP-based business processes and connect to AWS services natively using the SAP ABAP language. Learn more in this blog post.

AWS CloudFormation – CloudFormation can now send event notifications via Amazon EventBridge when you create, update, or delete a stack set.

AWS Console – With the new Applications widget on the Console home, you have one-click access to applications in AWS Systems Manager Application Manager and their resources, code, and related data. From Application Manager, you can view the resources that power your application and your costs using AWS Cost Explorer.

AWS Amplify – Expands Flutter support (developer preview) to Web and Desktop for the API, Analytics, and Storage use cases. You can now build cross-platform Flutter apps with Amplify that target iOS, Android, Web, and Desktop (macOS, Windows, Linux) using a single codebase. Learn more on Flutter Web and Desktop support for AWS Amplify in this post. Amplify Hosting now supports fully managed CI/CD deployments and hosting for server-side rendered (SSR) apps built using Next.js 12 and 13. Learn more in this blog post and see how to deploy a NextJS 13 app with the AWS CDK here.

Amazon SQS – With attribute-based access control (ABAC), you can define permissions based on tags attached to users and AWS resources. With this release, you can now use tags to configure access permissions and policies for SQS queues. More details can be found in this blog.

AWS Well-Architected Framework – The latest version of the Data Analytics Lens is now available. The Data Analytics Lens is a collection of design principles, best practices, and prescriptive guidance to help you running analytics on AWS.

AWS Organizations – You can now manage accounts, organizational units (OUs), and policies within your organization using CloudFormation templates.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
A few more stuff you might have missed:

Introducing our final AWS Heroes of the year – As the end of 2022 approaches, we are recognizing individuals whose enthusiasm for knowledge-sharing has a real impact with the AWS community. Please meet them here!

The Distributed Computing ManifestoWerner Vogles, VP & CTO at Amazon.com, shared the Distributed Computing Manifesto, a canonical document from the early days of Amazon that transformed the way we built architectures and highlights the challenges faced at the end of the 20th century.

AWS re:Post – To make this community more accessible globally, we expanded the user experience to support five additional languages. You can now interact with AWS re:Post also using Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Japanese, and Korean.

For AWS open-source news and updates, here’s the latest newsletter curated by Ricardo to bring you the most recent updates on open-source projects, posts, events, and more.

Upcoming AWS Events
As usual, there are many opportunities to meet:

AWS re:Invent – Our yearly event is next week from November 28 to December 2. If you can’t be there in person, get your free online pass to watch live the keynotes and the leadership sessions.

AWS Community DaysAWS Community Day events are community-led conferences to share and learn together. Join us in Sri Lanka (on December 6-7), Dubai, UAE (December 10), Pune, India (December 10), and Ahmedabad, India (December 17).

That’s all from me for this week. Next week we’ll focus on re:Invent, and then we’ll take a short break. We’ll be back with the next Week in Review on December 12!

Danilo

Now Open–AWS Region in Spain

Post Syndicated from Marcia Villalba original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-open-aws-region-in-spain/

The AWS Region in Aragón, Spain, is now open. The official name is Europe (Spain), and the API name is eu-south-2. You can start using it today to deploy workloads and store your data in Spain.

The AWS Europe (Spain) Region has three Availability Zones (AZ) that you can use to reliably spread your applications across multiple data centers. Each Availability Zone is a fully isolated partition of AWS infrastructure that contains one or more data centers.

Availability Zones are separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to reduce the risk of a single event affecting the availability of the Region but near enough for business continuity for applications that require rapid failover and synchronous replication. This gives you the ability to operate production applications that are more highly available, fault-tolerant, and scalable than would be possible from a single data center.

Instances and Services
Applications running in this three-AZ Region can use C5C5dC6gM5M5dM6gR5R5dR6gI3I3enT3, and T4g instances, and can use a long list of AWS services including: Amazon API GatewayAmazon AuroraAWS AppConfigAmazon CloudWatchAmazon DynamoDBAmazon EC2 Auto ScalingAmazon ElastiCacheAmazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)Elastic Load BalancingAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Elastic Load Balancing–Network (NLB)Amazon EMR, Amazon OpenSearch ServiceAmazon EventBridge, AWS Fargate, Amazon Kinesis Data StreamsAmazon RedshiftAmazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)Amazon Route 53Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon S3 GlacierAmazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF)Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)AWS Auto ScalingAWS Certificate ManagerAWS CloudFormationAWS CloudTrailAWS CodeDeployAWS ConfigAWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS)AWS Direct ConnectAWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS)AWS LambdaAWS Marketplace, AWS Health DashboardAWS Secrets ManagerAWS Step FunctionsAWS Support APIAWS Systems Manager, AWS Trusted AdvisorAWS VPN, VM Import/Export, and AWS X-Ray.

AWS in Spain
The new AWS Europe (Spain) Region is a natural progression for AWS to support the tens of thousands of customers on the Iberian Peninsula. The Region will support our customers’ most mission-critical workloads by providing lower latency to end users across Iberia and meeting data residency needs (now customers can store their data in Spain).

In addition to the new Region in Spain, AWS currently has four Amazon CloudFront edge locations available in Madrid, Spain. And since 2016, customers can benefit from AWS Direct Connect locations to establish private connectivity between AWS and their data centers and offices. The Region in Spain also offers low-latency connections to other AWS Regions in the area, as shown in the following chart:

Latency from the Spain Region

AWS also has had offices in Madrid since 2014 and in Barcelona since 2018 and has a broad network of local partners. In addition to expanding infrastructure, AWS continues to make investments in education initiatives, training, and start-up enablement to support Spain’s digital transformation and economic development plans.

  • AWS Activate – Since 2013, this program has given Spanish start-ups access to guidance and one-on-one time with AWS experts, along with web-based training, self-paced labs, customer support, offers from third parties, and up to $100,000 in credits to use AWS services.
  • AWS Educate and AWS Academy – AWS has trained over one hundred thousand individuals in Spain in cloud skills since 2017. These programs provide higher-education institutions, educators, and students with cloud computing courses and certifications. AWS Academy has delivered courses for institutions such as ESADE, IE, UNIR, and others.
  • AWS re/Start – AWS re/Start is a skills development and job training program that aims to build local talent by providing AWS Cloud skills development and job opportunities at no cost to learners who are unemployed or are members of under-represented communities in Spain. In November 2020, AWS launched this program in Spain in collaboration with Cámara de Comercio de Madrid and in 2021 in collaboration with Universidad of Granada.
  • AWS GetIT – AWS knows that having a diverse workforce gives organizations a better understanding of customers’ needs and is key to unlocking ideas and speeding up innovation. AWS supports many programs focused on diversity and launched AWS GetIT in Spain across 11 schools to introduce young students (ESO—Educación Secundaria Obligatoria—students) to cloud computing and inspire them to consider a career in technology.

Sustainability is also very important for AWS. In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. That is why in Spain, Amazon and AWS currently have two operational renewable energy projects delivering clean energy into the Spanish grid to support the AWS Europe (Spain) Region and Amazon’s logistics network in the country.

Amazon and AWS have announced 14 more projects, currently in development, that will come online from 2022 to 2024. The 16 projects in Spain will add 1.5 gigawatts of renewable energy to the Spanish grid. This is enough to power over 850,000 average Spanish homes. Learn more about AWS sustainability in Spain.

AWS Customers in Spain
We have many amazing customers in Spain that are doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

LactApp is a Spanish start-up that was created out of the vision that every mother should have a breastfeeding and motherhood expert in their pocket. LactApp uses AWS services to build their video-on-demand capability that allows experts to upload their content and process the videos, and they make it available for their over 4,000 end users automatically.

Glovo is one of the biggest companies in the food delivery industry, born in Barcelona, Spain. The Glovo app is available in 25 countries with over 150,000 restaurants. Glovo receives over 2 TB of data daily from all the usage of their customers. Using AWS, Glovo built a data lake that allows them to store data securely and access it when they need it.

Madrid-based Savana helps healthcare providers unlock the value of their electronic medical records (EMRs) for research. They operate one of the largest artificial intelligence–enabled, multicentric research networks in the world, with over 180 hospitals across 15 countries. They use AWS to process billions of EMRs and data points to run machine learning algorithms to investigate disease prediction and treatment.

Available Now
The new Region in Spain is ready to support your business. You can find a detailed list of the services available in this Region on the AWS Regional Service List.

With this launch, AWS now spans 93 Availability Zones within 29 geographic Regions around the world. We have also announced plans for 18 more Availability Zones and six more AWS Regions in AustraliaCanadaIndiaIsraelNew Zealand, and Thailand.

For more information on our global infrastructure, upcoming Regions, and the custom hardware we use, visit the Global Infrastructure page.

— Marcia

AWS Week in Review – November 14, 2022

Post Syndicated from Steve Roberts original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-week-in-review-november-14-2022/

It’s now just two weeks to AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, and the pace is picking up, both here on the News Blog, and throughout AWS as everyone get ready for the big event! I hope you get the chance to join us, and have shared links and other information at the bottom of this post. First, though, let’s dive straight in to this week’s review of news and announcements from AWS.

Last Week’s Launches
As usual, let’s start with a summary of some launches from the last week that I want to remind you of:

New Switzerland Region – First and foremost, AWS has opened a new Region, this time in Switzerland. Check out Seb’s post here on the News Blog announcing the launch.

New AWS Resource Explorer – if you’ve ever spent time searching for specific resources in your AWS account, especially across Regions, be sure to take a look at the new AWS Resource Explorer, described in this post by Danilo. Once enabled, indexes of the resources in your account are built and maintained (you have control over which resources are indexed). Once the indexes are built, you can issue queries to more quickly arrive at the required resource without jumping between different Regions and service dashboards in the Management Console.

Amazon Lightsail domain registration and DNS autoconfigurationAmazon Lightsail users can now take advantage of new support for registering domain names with automatic configuration of DNS records. Within the Lightsail console, you’re now able to create and register an Amazon Route 53 domain with just a few clicks. 

New models for Amazon SageMaker JumpStart – Two new state-of-the-art models have been released for Amazon SageMaker JumpStart. SageMaker JumpStart provides pretrained, open-source models covering a wide variety of problem types that help you get started with machine learning. The first new model, Bloom, can be used to complete sentences or generate long paragraphs of text in 46 different languages. The second model, Stable Diffusion, generates realistic images from given text. Find out more about the new models in this What’s New post.

Mac instances and macOS VenturaAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) now has support for running the latest version of macOS, Ventura (13.0), for both EC2 x86 Mac and EC2 M1 Mac instances. These instances enable you to provision and run macOS environments in the AWS Cloud, for developers creating apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Safari.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Some other news items you may want to explore:

AWS Open Source News and Updates – This blog is published each week, and Installment 135 is now available, highlighting new open-source projects, tools, and demos from the AWS community.

Upcoming AWS Events
AWS re:Invent 2022 – As I noted at the top of this post, we’re now just two weeks away from the event! Join us live in Las Vegas November 28–December 2 for keynotes, opportunities for training and certification, and over 1,500 technical sessions. If you are joining us, be sure to check out the re:Invent 2022 Attendee Guides, each curated by an AWS Hero, AWS industry team, or AWS partner.

If you can’t join us live in Las Vegas, be sure to join us online to watch the keynotes and leadership sessions. My cohosts and I on the AWS on Air show will also be livestreaming daily from the event, chatting with service teams and special guests about all the launches and other announcements. You can find us on Twitch.tv (we’ll be on the front page throughout the event), the AWS channel on LinkedIn Live, Twitter.com/awsonair, and YouTube Live.

And one final update for the event – if you’re a .NET developer, be sure to check out the XNT track in the session catalog to find details on the seven breakouts, three chalk talks, and the workshop we have available for you at the conference!

Check back next Monday for our last week in review before the start of re:Invent!

— Steve

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS.