AWS News – February Round Up


With the endless flood of new products, features and changes from AWS and its surrounding ecosystem, it can be easy to miss an update. Our monthly round up highlights major AWS news, announcements, product updates and behind the scenes changes we think are most relevant.

AWS CloudFormation StackSets introduces automatic deployments across accounts and regions through AWS Organizations

With this new set of automated features, deployment of resources will be streamlined when deploying to multiple accounts and regions using AWS Organizations. StackSets will centrally manage deployments to accounts in one or more organizational units or all of the accounts in your organization. This will be great because you can enable automatic deployments to any new accounts added to your organization.

For anyone using AWS Organizations, this will be a welcome addition. Being able to streamline deployments using StackSets will be a great feature, cutting down on the time needed to allocate and deploy the resources. Additionally, being able to set automatic deployments will make the process even more hands-free. It’s definitely worth looking into. More information is here.

Hibernation now available for On-Demand and Reserved Instances through AWS CloudFormation

This feature now allows for Reserved and On-Demand Instances through CloudFormation to launch with Hibernation enabled. This would be configured through the “HibernationOptions” property with “Configured:true” parameter. This is, of course, assuming the instance created meets hibernation prerequisites.

Hibernation allows you to save the state of your application with contents stored in memory and disk, then resume when you need the saved state later. You can even add this feature without modifying your current applications. I suggest reading more on setting this up here.

AWS acquires Redshift-focused startup DataRow

This is a neat announcement. Amazon acquired the startup DataRow whose focus is Amazon Redshift. Their flagship product is an SQL client specifically designed and built for Amazon Redshift. This is mainly going to be aimed at data scientists, but it is still a neat to notice. This company is the first startup based in Turkey to be acquired by AWS. Definitely keep an eye out if you are in the market for big data and looking for a service to create charts and other visualizations from Redshift query data. The article about this acquisition is here.

Miscellaneous News:

Amazon RDS Performance Insights supports Amazon RDS for MariaDB Version 10.3:

This is a great utility for clients to analyze their database performance and for inexperienced professionals to identify problems early on. It definitely deserves looking into. More information can be found here.

You can now receive notifications about pull request approvals in AWS CodeCommit:

You can now create notification rules to receive notifications about events when pull requests are approved, rejected or when a rule is overridden. You can find more information here.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk launches Python 3.7 on AL2 platform (beta):

You can now run python applications on AWS Elastic Beanstalk using Python 3.7 on Amazon Linux 2 beta platform. This is pretty interesting as getting to use more tools on beta platforms allows for more options and future innovation to come forward. This will be something to try out and keep an eye on. Read more here.

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