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  1. Just because everything worked when you provisioned your infrastructure, you can’t assume everything will continue to work properly after deployment. Continuous validation is a foundational feature for HashiCorp Terraform Cloud Plus that helps make sure infrastructure is working as expected. Use cases for continuous validation include closing security gaps, controlling budgets, dealing with certificate expiration, or even just knowing whether a virtual machine (VM) is up and running... View the full article
  2. You now have an option to delete an instant type EC2 Fleet. All running instances associated with it will be terminated and the fleet will be deleted. View the full article
  3. We are excited to announce support for full cluster lifecycle automation through GitOps or Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools like Terraform for Amazon EKS Anywhere (EKS-A). Previously, the only mechanism for customers to perform full EKS-A cluster lifecycle operations such as provisioning, updates, and deletion was by using an Amazon command-line-interface (CLI) tool “eksctl”. Now, EKS-A supports GitOps and IaC in the EKS-A management cluster so customers can automate EKS-A workload cluster lifecycle operations including cluster creation, update, and deletion. View the full article
  4. Great post about application authentication and authorization on AWS; https://blog.cloudcraft.co/application-authentication-and-authorization-on-aws/
  5. Here is a list of free AWS training courses; edX Amazon SageMaker: Simplifying Machine Learning Application Development AWS Developer: Building on AWS AWS Developer: Deploying on AWS AWS Developer: Optimizing on AWS AWS Developer Series AWS IoT: Developing and Deploying an Internet of Things Building Containerized Applications on AWS Building Modern Java Applications on AWS Building Modern Nodejs Applications on AWS Building Modern Python Applications on AWS Getting Started With Cloud Security Migrating to the AWS Cloud
  6. Today, we are excited to announce that the Amazon Genomics CLI v1.5.0 has added support for workflows written in the Common Workflow Language (CWL) using the Toil workflow engine. In addition to CWL, the Amazon Genomics CLI supports workflows written with Workflow Definition Language (WDL), Nextflow, and Snakemake enabling customers to run a wide variety of genomics data analyses like joint calling of genome variants and single-cell RNAseq. View the full article
  7. Amazon Elastic Container Services (Amazon ECS) provides a Cluster Auto Scaling (CAS) capability to dynamically manage the scaling of your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Auto Scaling groups (ASG) on your behalf, so that you can focus on running your containers. Capacity Providers is the compute interface that links your Amazon ECS cluster with your ASG. With Capacity Providers, you can define flexible rules for how containerized workloads run on different types of compute capacity, and manage the scaling of the capacity. Capacity Providers improve the availability, scalability, and cost of running tasks and services on ECS. Starting today, we are simplifying the integration mechanism between Capacity Providers and ASGs by directly integrating with target-tracking scaling policy instead of relying on AWS Auto Scaling scaling plan. View the full article
  8. AWS Systems Manager announces support for port forwarding to remote hosts using Session Manager. AWS Systems Manager is the operations hub for your AWS applications and resources, providing a secure end-to-end management solution for hybrid cloud environments. Session Manager, a capability of Systems Manager, provides secure access to managed instances in your cloud, on-premises, or edge devices, without the need to open inbound ports, manage Secure Shell (SSH) keys, or use bastion hosts. View the full article
  9. Amazon ElastiCache for Memcached now supports encryption of data in transit using Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. When using encryption in transit, all network traffic between your clients and Memcached cluster are encrypted. View the full article
  10. Amazon ElastiCache for Memcached has added support for Memcached version 1.6.12. This version is a cumulative update and contains all changes and improvements between version 1.6.6 to 1.6.12. View the full article
  11. Amazon ElastiCache for Redis and Amazon MemoryDB for Redis now support natively storing and accessing data in the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format. With this launch, application developers can effortlessly store, fetch, and update their JSON data inside Redis without needing to manage custom code for serialization and deserialization. Using ElastiCache and MemoryDB, you can now efficiently retrieve and update specific portions of a JSON document without needing to manipulate the entire object, which can help improve performance and help reduce cost. You can also search your JSON document contents using the JSONPath query syntax. View the full article
  12. Amazon FSx for Lustre, a service that provides cost-effective, high-performance, and scalable file storage for compute workloads, now supports root squash. This administrative feature adds an additional layer of file access control on top of the current network-based access control and POSIX file permissions that FSx for Lustre provides. Using the root squash feature, you can restrict root level file system access from clients that access an FSx for Lustre file system as root. View the full article
  13. AWS Backup Audit Manager now allows you to audit and report on the compliance of your data protection policies for Amazon S3 and AWS Storage Gateway. Using AWS Backup Audit Manager, you can now continuously evaluate the backup activity of your Amazon S3 and AWS Storage Gateway resources and generate audit reports that can help you demonstrate compliance with organizational best practices or regulatory standards. View the full article
  14. Today, we are announcing the availability of Amazon CloudWatch metrics for usage monitoring on AWS Config. AWS Config tracks changes made to supported resources and records them as configuration items (CIs), which are then delivered to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket. Amazon CloudWatch metrics is a monitoring service which provides data about the usage of your systems, including the ability to search, graph, and build alarms on metrics about AWS resources. With this release, you can now use Amazon CloudWatch metrics to verify your setup and understand your usage of AWS Config. View the full article
  15. Starting today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces general availability of Amazon EC2 Hpc6a instances in additional regions. These instances are optimized to efficiently run compute-intensive, high performance computing workloads, such as computational fluid dynamics, reservoir modeling, weather simulations, and finite element analysis. Hpc6a instances offer up to 65% better price performance over comparable Amazon EC2 x86 based, compute-optimized instances. With Hpc6a instances, you can significantly lower the cost of your HPC workloads, while taking advantage of the elasticity and scalability of AWS. View the full article
  16. We’re excited to announce that AWS IoT Device Management customers will now be able to create up to 100,000 Active Jobs per AWS account per region. The prior limit was 1,000 Active Jobs per AWS account per region. This new limit will apply to the total number of Jobs created - both continuous and snapshot jobs. Customers that require a large number of Active Jobs - for example, to apply bespoke configurations to thousands of individual targets in parallel – are now unblocked by this upgrade. View the full article
  17. Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is an important part of Cloud Applications. Developers rely on various Static Application Security Testing (SAST) tools to identify security/compliance issues and mitigate these issues early on, before releasing their applications to production. Additionally, SAST tools often provide reporting mechanisms that can help developers verify compliance during security reviews. cdk-nag integrates directly into AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) applications to provide identification and reporting mechanisms similar to SAST tooling. This post demonstrates how to integrate cdk-nag into an AWS CDK application to provide continual feedback and help align your applications with best practices... View the full article
  18. Amazon Managed Grafana now supports a new API for creating Grafana API tokens, as well as support for new plugins, Grafana version 8.4, and workspace tags. With CreateWorkspaceApiKey, customers can create Grafana API tokens without having to log into the Grafana workspace console, enabling users to programmatically create, delete, and manage Grafana resources such as dashboards, alerts, and data sources. Amazon Managed Grafana adds support for Github, Moogsoft, Pixie, and Windrose plugins, enabling customers to connect, query, and visualize data from additional data sources. Existing and new Amazon Managed Grafana workspaces now support Grafana version 8.4, with no action required from users. Customers can now tag Amazon Managed Grafana workspaces to help simplify organization and cost management of workspaces. Tags are labels in the form of key-value pairs that may be attached to Amazon Managed Grafana workspaces to search, filter, or allocate costs. View the full article
  19. Many developers today seek to improve productivity by finding better ways to collaborate, enhance code quality and automate repetitive tasks. We hear from some of our customers that they would like to leverage services such as AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodeBuild and other AWS Developer Tools to manage their AWS resources while continuing to use their existing CI/CD pipelines which they are familiar with. These services range from popular open-source solutions, such as Jenkins, to paid commercial solutions, such as Azure DevOps Server (formerly Team Foundation Server (TFS)). In this post, I will walk you through an example to leverage the AWS Toolkit for Azure DevOps to deploy your Infrastructure as Code templates, i.e. AWS CloudFormation stacks, directly from your existing Azure DevOps build pipelines. The AWS Toolkit for Azure DevOps is a free-to-use extension for hosted and on-premises Microsoft Azure DevOps that makes it easy to manage and deploy applications using AWS. It integrates with many AWS services, including Amazon S3, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Lambda, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon SQS and others. It can also run commands using the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell module as well as the AWS CLI... View the full article
  20. AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager now supports centralized management and monitoring of global networks across multiple AWS accounts within an organization, created using AWS Organizations. With this feature, Network Manager reduces the operational complexity of managing a large global network across AWS accounts over a single unified operational dashboard. View the full article
  21. AWS AppSync is a fully managed service that enables developers to build digital experiences based on real-time data. With AppSync, you can easily configure data sources to push and publish real-time data updates to subscribed clients. AppSync handles connection management, scalability, fan-out and broadcasting, allowing you to focus on your application business needs instead of managing complex infrastructure. View the full article
  22. Today, we are announcing the general availability of two additional storage locations for AWS DataSync, an online data movement service that makes it easy to sync your data both into and out of the AWS Cloud. This release expands the number of supported storage locations from 10 to 12, spanning on-premises, edge, and other cloud storage services. With DataSync, you can quickly and securely access your data across various storage locations and move it to AWS to support your workflows, processing, and data retention needs, as well as share and exchange data across more locations. View the full article
  23. Amazon Personalize now provides offline model metrics for recommenders enabling you to evaluate the quality of recommendations. A recommender is a resource that provides recommendations optimized for specific use cases, such as “Frequently bought together” for Retail and “Top picks for you” for Media and Entertainment. Offline metrics are metrics that Amazon Personalize generates when you create a recommender. You can use offline metrics to analyze the performance of the recommender's underlying model. Offline metrics allow you to compare the model with other models trained on the same data. The metrics provided include coverage, mean reciprocal rank, normalized discounted cumulative gain (NDCG) and precision. View the full article
  24. AWS CLI or Amazon Web Service Command Line Interface is a command-line tool for managing and administering your Amazon Web Services. AWS CLI provides direct access to the public API (Application Programming Interface) of Amazon Web Services. Since it’s a command-line tool, you can also use it to create scripts for automating your Amazon Web Services. In this article, I will show you how to install the AWS CLI program on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using the APT package manager. I will also show you how to install the latest version of the AWS CLI program on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as a Python module using Python PIP. So, let’s get started… View the full article
  25. Today, AWS Marketplace announced general availability of Offer Acceptance Email Notifications which will notify users by email when a customer completes an offer subscription. With this launch, customers can now have real-time visibility into Offer Acceptance and Subscription by buyers, allowing them to track the overall progress of an AWS Marketplace transaction. Buyers, ISVs and Channel Partners can now receive relevant details like Agreement ID, Offer ID, and Customer details at the time of subscription, to initiate procurement workflows, internal order creation, revenue recognition and software provisioning/deployment. This feature is available for all AWS Marketplace product types. View the full article
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