AWS Re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features more than 2,000 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, training and so much more. It’s the main event to find out the latest with AWS products and new releases.
With several dozen new products announced at the most recent AWS Re:Invent, it’s certainly challenging to decide what to follow. So we’ve filtered it down to the top 5 technologies to pay attention to in 2019.
First up, we have Lambda Layers. The quick and dirty description of Lambda is: serverless code that is easily scalable, where you only pay for what you use, when you use it, taking much of the hassle out.
Lambda Layers builds on this product by offering a simple way to manage software and data across multiple lambda functions. No longer do you need to deploy shared code with every function that uses it, now you just need to package the components in a zip file within a single Lambda layer and have the function reference it, just like it would do normally.
Next comes AWS Transit Gateway, a new service with the goal of simplifying the management of network architecture and easing scalability. AWS Transit Gateway acts as the hub, managing and routing all connected networks from this single connection that can be installed on premises data centres or remote offices.
While easing scalability is a major concern for many, the most immediate benefit of AWS Transit Gateways is operational cost reduction. This is brought about by each network only needing to connect to the singular AWS Transit Gateway.
Next up, AWS Control Tower, this technology is so brand new it is only available in preview at the moment. Its core purpose is that it seeks to automate the set-up of your multi-account AWS environment with just a few clicks, whilst providing options to enforce policies using service controls and detect policy violations as well.
On top of the automation of such processes, Control Tower provides an integrated dashboard for a top-level summary of the environment. Facilitating easy monitoring and enforcing of policies, as well as providing intuitive feedback. It’s a great feature to have for any company attempting to embrace and practice DevOps.
With the industry making significant moves towards the micro-service architecture, utilising containers for many services and processes, Amazon now offers more than 180 curated and trusted container products in AWS Marketplace and through the Amazon Elastic Container Services (Amazon ECS) console. This facilitates taking advantage of the rest of Amazon’s services, such as Amazon Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), and AWS Fargate, leveraging on current knowledge and skills without any friction or need to change.
Another important and new technology available for preview is AWS Security Hub. This technology aims to keep security monitoring as agile as possible. Currently, with the vast number of security tools available ranging from firewalls to compliance scanners, processing all the data and alerts can be difficult. AWS Security Hub provides a single place to aggregate everything. Integrating with other AWS services like Amazon GuardDuty, Inspector and Macie, AWS Security Hub aims to provide a strong visual summary of the information, while enforcing best practices and compliance. In other words, Security Hub is focused on giving a comprehensive view of high-priority security alerts and compliance statuses across AWS accounts.
While there is not yet a feature for custom rule sets, Amazon has made indications that they are looking to open up more options for policies and standards of best practice. This will hopefully give companies more flexibility to choose and adopt the policies most relevant to them.