Another week into 2019 and we have more activities happening in the world of Amazon Web Services. This article continues the weekly series we are doing this year to help customers with a brief overview of the happenings within the AWS world over the last week to try and help surface some of the more important announcements. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the updates and changes to the AWS eco-system, but simply a summary of changes that might have an impact on the business and trends we at Kloud are seeing within the industry. As always, if you would like to talk to somebody about how you might be able to leverage some of these new technologies and services, please feel free to reach out using the contact link at the top of the page.

The key take away’s from this week are:

  • Introduction of AWS Backup
  • AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Deploying to Amazon S3
  • Addition of support for Appium Node.JS and Appium Ruby for AWS Device Farm

First cab off the rank for this week is another product announcement with the release of AWS Backup. The AWS Product page states that ” AWS Backup is a fully managed backup service that makes it easy to centralize and automate the back up of data across AWS services in the cloud as well as on premises. With AWS Backup, protecting your AWS resources, such as Amazon EFS file systems, is as easy as a few clicks in the AWS Backup console. Customers can configure and audit the AWS resources they want to back up, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor all recent backup and restore activity.

This is potentially a exciting product as will allow for customer to an AWS native service rather than relying on 3rd party solutions. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Sydney yet (currently only US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions). More details are available here and as always their is a fantastic blog article written by Jeff Barr available on the aws blog

While on the topic of product announcements, in addition to the availability of AWS backup there have also been a series on announcements around other AWS services supporting the new product suite. So far, we have seen announcements around support for:

  • Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) – Link here
  • AWS Storage Gateway Integrates – Link here
  • Amazon DynamoDB  – Link here
  • Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) – Link here

A little closer to my personal needs, AWS announced this morning that AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Deploying to Amazon S3. “AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery (CD) service that lets you automate your software release process for fast and reliable updates. You can now use CodePipeline to deploy files, such as static website content or artifacts from your build process, to Amazon S3.” This feature has a host of possibilities including some changes to our current blog series on hosting Static Websites using S3 and CloudFront. (Watch out for the next instalment coming out on Tuesday)

And finally for this weeks roundup, is an update that’s sure to make a lot of developers happy with the announcement that AWS Device Farm now support Appium for Node.JS and Ruby. For those who are not aware, “AWS Device Farm is an app testing service that lets you run automated tests and interact with your Android, iOS, and web apps on real devices. Device Farm supports running automated tests written in most of the popular test frameworks including Espresso, XCTest, Appium Python and Appium Java. Starting today, you can use Device Farm to execute your tests written in Appium Node.js and Appium Ruby against real devices. You can customize any step in the test process using these frameworks through a simple configuration file.” For more information on getting started with AWS Device Farm, you can follow the getting started guide available here

And that’s it for the AWS update for Friday the 18th of January 2019. Please keep an eye out for our weekly updates on the happenings within the AWS eco-system and for the continuation of our blog series on developing and deploying a serverless SPA environments on AWS using Static Site Generators.



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