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ICYMI: Recap of AWS Re: Invent

Oct 20, 2015, by Iljun Kim
Tags: Internet2 NET+

Amazon Web Services is an important, and growing service in the NET+ portfolio. AWS is generally known as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider. They first began providing general-purpose storage and computer services. From there, they have expanded their offering include Platform-as-a-Service capabilities like Relational Database Service (RDS) and Elastic Beanstalk (ELB). More recently, they have launched a service to manage containers (EC2 Container Service), for streaming data (Kinesis), for “big” data (Redshift), and a unique event-driven compute service to tie them together (Lambda). And this is only a small sample of the services, the full list can be found here.

During the week of Internet2 Technology Exchange, a couple members of the NET+ team headed to beautiful Las Vegas, NV for AWS Re:Invent. This three-day conference attracted more than 18,000 people from around the world, more than doubling the size of the event from only a year ago. Represented in this sea of people were over 300 of your colleagues from US higher education.

During this event, Amazon announced a slew of new features and services including:

Amazon QuickSight

Amazon Kenesis Firehose

Amazon RDS for MariaDB

AWS Import/Export Snowball

Amazon Inspector*

AWS Config Rules *

AWS Moble Hub**


Updates to AWS Lambda

Updates to EC2 Container Service

EC2 Spot Blocks

EC2 Dedicated Hosts***

New EC2 instance type for large memory workloads (2TB Ram), the X1***, and

New EC2 instance type for small services (512MB Ram), the T2.Nano***

*Now in Preview

**Now in Beta

***Coming Soon

A couple of these new offerings may be of particular interest to the community. Amazon Quicksight is a quick to set up, easy to use business intelligence tool designed to review data that already exists within your Amazon Web Services account. Additional data can be pulled in for analysis from other systems using an API (Salesforce was specifically mentioned).

For some time, AWS has had the ability to consume data streams. This is now even easier with AWS Kenesis Firehose. This new capability joins a new MQTT Gateway offering to create AWS IoT, Amazon’s first explicit Internet of Things offering, now in Beta. If you are interested in Internet of Things, be sure to check out the Internet2 Internet of Things Innovation Working Group.

As a reminder, when new AWS offerings are released in general availability, they become immediately accessible through NET+ Amazon Web Services by DLT. More information on NET+ AWS by DLT can be found here.