by Adam Armstrong

AWS re:Invent 2019 Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week AWS re:Invent 2019  took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. While we covered the major announcements from AWSDruvaIGELVMware, and Veeam, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as more from AWS, Instana, Zadara, Veritas, Cohesity, and MemSQL.

AWS Makes A Slew Of Announcements 

Obviously at its own event, AWS would have several announcements. Due to its nature, AWS covers a full gamut of various things. Here are a few key announcements:

  • Amazon Managed (Apache) Cassandra Services – AWS is calling this a scalable, highly available, and fully managed database service that supports Cassandra workloads. Developers can use the same Cassandra application code, Apache 2.0 licensed drivers, and tools as they do today to run, manage, and scale workloads on Amazon Managed Cassandra Service.
  • 6 updates to SageMaker – AWS announced six updates to SageMaker capabilities. These include Amazon SageMaker Studio, the first fully integrated development environment for machine learning, Amazon SageMaker Notebooks, Amazon SageMaker Experiments, Amazon SageMaker Autopilot, Amazon SageMaker Debugger, and Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor.
  • AWS Local Zones – As the name implies, Local Zones brings AWS compute, storage, database and other select services closer to large population, industry, and IT centers.
  • New Innovations for EC2 – AWS added new compute and networking innovations for EC2. These include new Arm-based instances (M6g, C6g, R6g) powered by AWS-designed processors in Graviton2, machine learning inference instances (Inf1) powered by AWS-designed Inferentia chips, a new Amazon EC2 feature that uses machine learning to cost and performance optimize Amazon EC2 usage, and networking enhancements that make it easier for customers to scale, secure, and manage their workloads in AWS.
  • New ML Skills – AWS announced five new artificial intelligence (AI) services designed to put machine learning in the hands of more application developers and end users – with no machine learning experience required. These include Amazon Kendra, Amazon CodeGuru, Amazon Fraud Detector, Amazon Transcribe Medical and Amazon Augmented Artificial Intelligence (A21). Along with that they announced AWS Machine Learning (ML) Embark program to help companies transform their development teams into machine learning practitioners.
  • AWS Outposts GA – As we’ve said in the past, Outposts bring AWS features to on-prem for its customers. All the benefits, including consumption pricing, with more control over their data. We talked about VMware already, but Cohesity and Veritas are also validated for AWS Outposts.


Instana Delivers Automated Node.js Tracing For AWS Lambda

Instana announced the ability to trace serverless Node.js functions running on AWS Lambda. Instana claims it can do this with no code modification. Key capabilities include:

  • Automated native tracing for AWS Lambda functions written in Node.js for all supported Node.js libraries and frameworks
  • Zero code modification, representing huge productivity gains for development, DevOps and operations teams
  • Tracing through other programming languages, platforms and deployments


Zadara Migrates SQL Server To Cloud

Zadara announced that its new solution enables enterprises to migrate SQL Server database apps to the cloud, in a phased manner. 

  • Key Enterprise NAS and SAN Features:
    • All flash, flash-cached hard disk and hard disk only storage arrays
    • NAS file (NFS, SMB with full Active Directory integration) and iSCSI block interfaces
    • Multi-level redundancy (nodes, network, controllers, data paths, etc.)
    • Every virtual storage array (VPSA) has dedicated resources
  • Key Enterprise Storage Capabilities:
    • Full support for Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC)
    • Simultaneous data presentation across availability zones, regions and clouds
    • VSS snapshots for application consistent copies
    • Zero copy instant clones
    • Snapshot-based replication and migration
    • Thin provisioning
    • Deduplication and compression
    • AES-256 bit encryption at-rest and in-flight
    • User-managed encryption keys
    • Native backup to Amazon S3



Today MemSQL announced that version 7.0 is generally available on AWS. MemSQL 7.0 is touted as being an all-in-one database for operational analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI)- and machine learning (ML)-powered applications. This marks a strengthening of the work AWS and MemSQL do together. 


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