AWS re:Invent 2021-Day 3 Recap

What You Need To Know

By Forrest Brink an AWS-Certified Solutions Architect 

Another exciting day of announcements at AWS re:Invent 2021 in Las Vegas! With limited in-person attendance this year, many are unable to attend the conference, but no worries, Eplexity has you covered with another recap of a few of the announcements during day 3 of the re:Invent conference.


DynamoDB Infrequent Access Tables

Similar to Infrequent Access features for services like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic File System (EFS), AWS announced on Wednesday the availability of DynamoDB Standard-Infrequent Access (DynamoDB Standard-IA). With DynameDB Standard-IA, customers currently utilizing or looking to migrate to Amazon DynamoDB can take advantage of the long-term infrequently accessed table class and reduce costs by up to 60%.


Amazon Kendra Experience Builder

Amazon Kendra is an intelligent search service powered by machine learning in AWS. Yesterday, AWS announced the release of Amazon Kendra Experience Builder, enabling customers to create search applications in a matter of minutes, all through the AWS console. With Amazon Experience Builder, you can build, deploy, and customize a fully functional search application that allows you to search right away, without the need for any front-end code.


Sagemaker Studio Lab

Another update in machine learning at AWS with the release of Amazon Sagemaker Studio Lab, a free service for data scientists to experiment with Machine Learning. With the announcement, data scientists can now create a Sagemaker Studio Lab account to host Jupyter notebooks while experimenting with machine learning, without needing to sign up for an AWS account, or set up a credit card.


AWS Outpost Smaller Form Factors

AWS Outposts provide local compute and networking services to workloads that require low latency or local processing. One of the AWS re:Invent 2021 announcements was the general availability of two new smaller AWS Outpost form factors, in the form of AWS Outpost 1U and 2U rack-mountable servers. The new smaller form factors require significantly less power and connectivity than the full rack unit while allowing customers to run AWS services like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) on-premises.


Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Network Access Analyzer

As you may know, with the AWS Shared Responsibility Model, AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud, while customers are responsible for security in the cloud. AWS continues to release services or updates to existing security services that customers can utilize to improve the security of their AWS environment. On day 3, AWS added to the number of security services already available with Amazon VPC Network Access Analyzer, a new feature of Amazon that allows customers to monitor and identify unintended network access to their AWS environment. Network Access Analyzer makes it easier for you to demonstrate that your network meets certain internal security, and regulatory requirements.


With only a few days left in the in-person conference, we are looking forward to seeing what other announcements come out of Vegas this week. Stay tuned for the next daily update!


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