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December 8, 2016

AWS re:Invent 2016 Announcements and Highlights

Miss the Conference? We’ve got the lowdown.

aws re:invent amazon web servicesThe recent AWS re:Invent Conference 2016 was an exciting one. Many new features were unveiled, making it an event not to be missed. However, not everyone can make it there; so lucky for you, we’ve got a great rundown of the new features and highlights. Below are the added features and services, included in each category of AWS products.


  • Amazon Athena¬†– an interactive, pay-per-use query service
  • Amazon EMR¬†– ¬†feature allowing use of Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase
  • Amazon QuickSight¬†– a¬†fast, cloud-powered business analytics service
  • Amazon Redshift¬†– 4 new¬†features that improve data compression, connection management, and data loading
  • AWS Glue – a¬†fully managed ETL service for understanding data sources, preparation of the data, and loading data to reliable data stores


  • Amazon API Gateway – now allows integration with the AWS Marketplace to help API owners monetize without writing any code
  • AWS Step Functions – new feature¬†to simplify the coordination of the components of application and microservices using visual workflows

Artificial Intelligence

  • Amazon Lex – helps in¬†building conversational interfaces using voice and text
  • Amazon Polly –¬†turns text into lifelike speech
  • Amazon Rekognition –¬†makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications
  • MXNet – the open source deep learning framework of choice at AWS


  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon Lightsail –¬†the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS
  • AWS Batch –¬†enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS
  • AWS Lambda – allows configuration¬†of a dead letter queue (DLQ) on AWS Lambda to give you more control over message handling for all asynchronous invocations
  • Lambda@Edge – allows you to¬†run code at CloudFront edge locations without provisioning or managing servers


  • Blox – an open source scheduler for Amazon ECS¬†Database


  • Amazon Aurora –¬†now PostgreSQL compatible. Allows up to twice the performance of the typical PostgreSQL database and the features you love in Amazon Aurora
  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool – two more data warehouses as sources for schema conversion

Desktop & App Streaming

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 –¬†allows streaming of desktop apps securely from the AWS cloud directly to users on the device of their choice
  • Amazon WorkSpaces –¬†offer a virtual cloud desktop which includes a high-end GPU that supports engineering, design, and architectural applications

Developer Tools

  • AWS CodeBuild –¬†builds and tests code in the cloud
  • AWS X-Ray –¬†helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture


  • VMware on AWS Cloud –¬†makes it easy for customers to run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud

Internet of Things

  • AWS Greengrass – a new software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices
  • AWS IoT –¬†this redesigned AWS IoT management console is easier to use

Management Tools

  • Amazon CloudWatch –¬†AWS announced a CloudWatch Metrics price reduction
  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager –¬†a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply Windows OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems
  • AWS CloudFormation – a new feature allowing¬†provision and manage resources for AWS Lambda-based applications using AWS CloudFormation and the AWS Serverless Application Model
  • AWS CloudTrail – an added feature that supports Amazon S3 Data Events
  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate –¬†provides a fully managed Chef server and suite of automation tools for continuous deployment, automated testing for compliance, and a user interface for visibility into your nodes
  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard –¬†gives you a personalized view of AWS service health

AWS Marketplace

  • AWS Marketplace – a new feature allowing customers to¬†subscribe to SaaS and API products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Subscriptions


  • Amazon SQS – a new feature allowing the¬†use of SQS for applications that require strict sequence using First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues


  • AWS Snowmobile –¬†an exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data

Mobile Services

  • Amazon Pinpoint – a new feature making¬†it easy to run targeted push notification campaigns to improve user engagement in mobile apps
  • AWS Mobile Hub – new feature SaaS Connectors make it easy to securely access data in 3rd party enterprise SaaS applications from your mobile apps
  • integration with Amazon Lex, so you can build mobile apps that use speech and text, in addition to touch to your mobile app

Networking & Content Delivery

  • Amazon CloudFront –¬†CloudFront Regional Edge Caches improve performance for your viewers while lowering the load on your origin resources

Security, Identity & Compliance

  • AWS Artifact –¬†provides on-demand access to AWS compliance reports to verify and demonstrate security and compliance of the cloud
  • AWS Organizations –¬†allows you to create groups of AWS accounts that you can use to more easily manage security and automation settings
  • AWS Shield –¬†a managed DDoS protection service that safeguards your web applications using Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53


  • Amazon Elastic File System –¬†allows access from on-premises servers
  • Amazon Glacier – Expedited retrievals to access data in 1 ‚Äď 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved
  • Amazon S3 – a new feature¬†to help you better analyze and manage your storage
  • Amazon S3 & Amazon Glacier – a price reduction of¬†price tiers from six to three making it easier to understand your bill and project future costs
  • AWS Snowball – an expansion of¬†its HIPAA compliance program
  • AWS Snowball Edge –¬†a new petabyte-scale data transfer service with on-board storage and compute
  • AWS Storage Gateway – a new feature¬†providing¬†a virtual on-premises file server, which enables you to store and retrieve Amazon S3 objects through standard file storage protocols

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