Well, Re:Invent 2018 has officially begun and already Amazon Web Services are firing the product releases at us thick and first. Over the last 24 hours we’ve already seen a large number of products announced at Might-night Madness:

  • AWS RoboMaker – Develop, Test, Deploy, and Manage Intelligent Robotics Apps.
  • AWS DataSync – Automated and Accelerated Data Transfer.
  • AWS Transfer for SFTP – Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3.
  • Automatic Cost Optimization for Amazon S3 via Intelligent Tiering.
  • Snowball Edge with More Compute Power and a GPU.
  • Doubled EBS Provisioned IOPS Performance.
  • AWS Amplify Console.

AWS RoboMaker – Available Now

AWS RoboMaker is a service that makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. RoboMaker extends the most widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud services. This includes AWS machine learning services, monitoring services, and analytics services that enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn. RoboMaker provides a robotics development environment for application development, a robotics simulation service to accelerate application testing, and a robotics fleet management service for remote application deployment, update, and management.


AWS DataSync

AWS DataSync is a data transfer service that makes it easy for you to automate moving data between on-premises storage and Amazon S3 or Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). DataSync automatically handles many of the tasks related to data transfers that can slow down migrations or burden your IT operations, including running your own instances, handling encryption, managing scripts, network optimization, and data integrity validation. You can use DataSync to transfer data at speeds up to 10 times faster than open-source tools. DataSync uses an on-premises software agent to connect to your existing storage or file systems using the Network File System (NFS) protocol, so you don’t have write scripts or modify your applications to work with AWS APIs. You can use DataSync to copy data over AWS Direct Connect or internet links to AWS. The service enables one-time data migrations, recurring data processing workflows, and automated replication for data protection and recovery. Getting started with DataSync is easy: Deploy the DataSync agent on premises, connect it to a file system or storage array, select Amazon EFS or S3 as your AWS storage, and start moving data. You pay only for the data you copy.


AWS Transfer for SFTP

AWS Transfer for SFTP is a fully managed service that enables the transfer of files directly into and out of Amazon S3 using the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)—also known as Secure Shell (SSH) File Transfer Protocol. AWS helps you seamlessly migrate your file transfer workflows to AWS Transfer for SFTP—by integrating with existing authentication systems, and providing DNS routing with Amazon Route 53—so nothing changes for your customers and partners, or their applications. With your data in S3, you can use it with AWS services for processing, analytics, machine learning, and archiving. Getting started with AWS Transfer for SFTP (AWS SFTP) is easy; there is no infrastructure to buy and setup.


Automatic Cost Optimization for Amazon S3 via Intelligent Tiering

S3 Intelligent-Tiering is for data that has changing or unknown access patterns. It is the first cloud storage class that delivers automatic cost savings by moving objects between two access tiers when access patterns change, for a small monthly monitoring and auto-tiering fee. One tier is optimized for frequent access and the other lower-cost tier is designed for infrequent access. Objects uploaded to S3 Intelligent-Tiering are automatically stored in the frequent access tier. S3 Intelligent-Tiering monitors access patterns and then moves the objects that have not been accessed for 30 consecutive days to the lower-cost infrequent access tier. If the objects are accessed later, S3 Intelligent-Tiering moves the object back to the frequent access tier. This means objects stored in S3 Intelligent-Tiering are always available when needed. There are no additional fees to retrieve objects from the infrequent access tier, so you won’t see unexpected increases in storage bills when those data sets are accessed. S3 Storage Classes can be configured at the object level and a single bucket can contain objects stored in S3 Standard, S3 Intelligent-Tiering, S3 Standard-IA, and S3 One Zone-IA. You can upload objects directly to S3 Intelligent-Tiering, or use S3 Lifecycle policies to transfer objects from S3 Standard and S3 Standard-IA to S3 Intelligent-Tiering. You can also archive objects from S3 Intelligent-Tiering to Amazon Glacier.


Snowball Edge with More Compute Power and a GPU

AWS Snowball Edge Compute Optimized provides an optional GPU along with EC2 instances to accelerate an application’s performance in disconnected environments. Using the GPU option, customers can run applications such as advanced machine learning and full motion video analysis in environments with little or no connectivity.


Doubled EBS Provisioned IOPS Performance.

You can now get 2x improvement in peak performance of Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes from 32,000 IOPS to 64,000 IOPS and from 500 MB/s to 1,000 MB/s of throughput per volume when attached to Nitro system EC2 instances.


AWS Amplify Console

AWS Amplify makes it easy to create, configure, and implement scalable mobile applications powered by AWS. Amplify seamlessly provisions and manages your mobile backend and provides a simple framework to easily integrate your backend with your iOS, Android, Web, and React Native frontends. Amplify also automates the application release process of both your frontend and backend allowing you to deliver features faster.