Noteworthy developments at the AWS re: Invent 2017


The recently concluded AWS re:Invent 2017 (Nov 27-Dec 1), has brought to the forefront a gamut of exciting opportunities. With over 70 products being announced, it is safe to say that the commoditization of cloud is well on its way.

AWS has had a good run over the years, because of the promise it makes and fulfills – reliability, scalability and inexpensiveness. While the likes of Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, and Alibaba are growing, AWS stands a league apart. And this apparent in the numbers.

Given this clear lion’s share, the whole world does sit up and take notice when the giant takes revolutionary slides.

In this year’s re:Invent, which hosted a whopping 43,000 participants, AWS made it abundantly clear that it realized that enterprises and SMEs alike wanted support and guidance in their cloud journey – while they just wanted to build applications, they also had the added burden of handling operational and infrastructural activities.To facilitate their ascent in the cloud journey, AWS is now offering a host of managed services.

ML, DL, AI – Popular acronyms now afloat AWS

Be it the AWS Rekognition (AI for image and video analysis), the DeepLens (wireless video camera and API), or the SageMaker (aimed at data scientists and developers alike to build train and deploy machine learning models), AWS is fast catching up to the facilities that Azure and Google provide to enterprises to build cloud-native applications – think Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, etc. Other AIaaS offerings from AWS are Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Translate.

The Kubernetes Effect

What started as Project Seven at Google in 2014 is now becoming the de facto standard for container orchestration across the world. Kubernetes, an open source project lead by Google, is reigning the container orchestration arena, as per this container adoption survey conducted by Portworx.

AWS has recognized the support that Kubernetes commands, and has hence reached out with AWS EKS, its managed service for Kubernetes. Azure had rolled out its AKS (Azure Container Service for Kubernetes) earlier, so AWS is once again playing catch up. Apart from EKS, AWS also announced Fargate, another service that enables running of containers sans cluster/server management.

To sum it up, with the AWS re:Invent 2017 edition, AWS has certainly caught up with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, and thereby made native cloud application development even more accessible to enterprises and SMBs.

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