AWS re:Invent is the biggest and the most comprehensive cloud computing event hosted by Amazon Web Services, a leading cloud service provider. The annual event features several announcements, innovations, and training opportunities for the cloud computing community and has been one of the most transformative conferences in the last 10 years. AWS re:Invent 2022 commenced on November 28 in Las Vegas. Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS, initiated the event with a water sustainability pledge to return more water to communities than its usage in cloud operations by 2030. Others, including Swami Sivasubramanian (VP of AWS Data & ML), Dr. Werner Vogels (VP and CTO at AWS), and other executives, are also speaking on new product and innovation launches.
This article highlights some AWS re:Invent 2022 announcements made during the global conference.
Top AWS re:Invent 2022 Announcements
Have a look at some of the major announcements made at AWS re:Invent 2022.
1. Announcements on Compute and Cloud Management
AWS introduced large-scale spatial simulations with SimSpace Weaver at the AWS re:Invent 2022. SimSpace Weaver is a novel computing service running real-time spatial simulations simultaneously across several Amazon EC2 instances. Using this service, developers can overcome computing and memory constraints while running jobs, as quoted by Selipsky.
AWS has also introduced ENA (Elastic Network Adapters) Express for improved network latency and performance on Amazon EC2 instances. ENAs are built on top of AWS’ Scalable Reliable Datagram (SRD) Protocol and reduce latency by up to 50% while increasing network bandwidth.
The event also witnessed Wipro’s launch of Skill Guild in association with AWS. Skills Guild is a comprehensive cloud-based program that will help enterprises to build cloud skills with AWS learning opportunities.
Informatica, a California-based cloud data management company, also introduced a few new offerings at AWS re:Invent 2022 event. The company introduced Informatica Data Loader (for Amazon Redshift console), Informatica Data Marketplace (for AWS data exchange), and Informatica INFACore (to support AWS SageMaker Studio). These services will help departmental users, developers, and data scientists across all skill levels.
AWS also introduced the preview of Amazon CloudWatch Internet Monitor, a new monitoring service for customers to diagnose internet performance issues and generate performance metrics.
2. Partnerships and Collaborations at AWS re:Invent 2022
AWS and TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) have collaborated and launched the TCS Quantum Computing Lab on AWS to enable faster exploration, development, and testing of business solutions in the adoption of quantum computing.
Compass UOL, a technology service provider, has partnered with AWS to build an AWS-owned and operated business unit to accelerate IT modernization in both private and public sectors.
AWS is also working with Siemens to help provide its industrial software into the AWS cloud to help startups in scalability and performance.
3. Announcements catering to the Healthcare Industry
Several AWS re:Invent 2022 announcements show AWS’ work in the healthcare industry to provide specialized tools for better patient care and treatment.
AWS is also exploring scalable data integration from multiple environments. It has announced AWS Clean Rooms for enhanced data collaboration and analysis, enabling companies to work together on massive datasets.
To help mitigate the risks associated with supply chain management, AWS has introduced a preview of the AWS Supply Chain, a cloud-based application that reduces cost and increases resilience.
The AWS re:Invent 2022 event introduced Amazon Omics, a purpose-built service that stores, queries, and analyzes genomic and biological data. The new service will help bioinformaticians, scientists, and researchers work on medical data and advance scientific discoveries.
4. Some other general announcements
AWS is a founding member of the newly-launched Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework and released a preview of the Amazon Security Lake service to enhance the operationality of the cybersecurity framework.
The AWS re:Invent 2022 event also witnessed the reveal of EKS Protection for Amazon GuardDuty, a service that enables users to detect and respond to security threats online at scale.
In addition, the company announced a preview of the serverless Amazon OpenSearch Service. Giving the existing service an option to go serverless simplifies the process of running jobs at a large scale and minimizes the need to configure, manage, or scale OpenSearch clusters.
AWS also announced Amazon DataZone at AWS re:Invent 2022, a new data management system that will bring employees closer to organizational data while maintaining confidentiality. The system is highly integrable with standard AWS tools like Redshift. Selipsky highlighted that finding the right balance between access and control of enterprise data is crucial but different for each enterprise. Hence, DataZone will be accessible, guided, and customizable.
5. A redesigned user interface for Amazon SageMaker Studio
Amazon’s integrated development environment (IDE) SageMaker Studio received a new, user-friendly interface. The company announced the redesign at AWS re:Invent 2022 to introduce a new navigation menu highlighting clear entry points into SageMaker’s capabilities. The navigation is a collapsible bar backed by an architecture that reflects standard ML workflows. The redesigned interface is available in all AWS regions where SageMaker is available.
6. Amazon Redshift Multi-AZ (preview) support for RA3 clusters announced at AWS re:Invent 2022
Redshift introduced a preview of Multi-AZ deployments to support running data warehouses in multiple AWS availability zones (AZ) simultaneously. The new setup will help clients with business-critical analytical applications achieve the highest availability and resilience to AZ failures. The preview is currently available in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Ireland), and Europe (Stockholm).
7. New-Trusted Language extensions for PostgreSQL on Amazon RDS and Aurora
PostgreSQL is one of the most reliable open-source databases, and numerous enterprises use it because of its convenience and extensive design. Amazon already offers as many as 85 PostgreSQL extensions in the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora and Amazon Relational Database Service. However, at the AWS re:Invent 2022 event, the company announced the general availability of Trusted Language Extensions for PostgreSQL. It is an open-source development toolkit for generating PostgreSQL extensions and running them safely. The toolkit will also give developers control over who can use these extensions via permissions models for running them.
8. AWS Glue Data Quality Preview unveiled at AWS re:Invent 2022
AWS Glue has announced a preview version of AWS Glue Data Quality, an automated capability that measures and monitors data lakes and pipelines. It is serverless and allows scalable data integration for more efficient data flows from multiple sources. Extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs on data pipelines using AWS Glue, which can also set data quality standards and actions. These rules can stop “bad” data from accumulating in data lakes and warehouses. The preview is available for select AWS regions, including US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Europe (Ireland).
9. AWS AI Service Cards
AWS re:Invent 2022 also witnessed the launch of a new resource that enhances the transparency of artificial intelligence-based AWS services. AWS AI Service Cards are a kind of responsible AI documentation that acts as the point of reference for clients to find information on use cases, limitations, design choices, and deployment methods for AWS’ responsible AI services. The service will include three cards: Amazon Rekognition – Face Matching, Amazon Textract – AnalyzeID, and Amazon Transcribe – Batch.
10. General availability of Amazon DocumentDB Elastic Clusters
AWS announced the general availability of Amazon DocumentDB Elastic Clusters, a new Amazon DocumentDB cluster that enables you to scale document databases elastically. Many of these clusters’ management features, such as Multi-AZ support, AWS CloudWatch integration, automated patching, and snapshot backups, are shared by Amazon DocumentDB instance-based clusters.
11. Preview of AWS Application Composer
The third day of AWS re:Invent 2022 also unveiled a preview of Application Composer, a new service that helps to simplify and accelerate architecting and building serverless applications. It can develop and maintain deployment-ready infrastructure, levering one of the first IaC (infrastructure-as-code) services. The preview is available in the standard select AWS regions.
12. Amazon CodeCatalyst Preview was also announced at AWS re:Invent 2022
AWS introduced a preview of Amazon CodeCatalyst, a unified service streamlining software development and delivery on AWS. The entire project experience offered by CodeCatalyst combines the tools required to plan, code, build, test, and deploy apps. With CodeCatalyst, software development teams can automate many complexities, like setting up tools, CI/CD, integration, etc., and focus on direct applications. The service can also browse a collection of blueprints for standard projects and then choose one to set it up automatically. Users can sign up here and try it on their own.
13. AWS Ambit Scenario Designer
The new AWS Ambit Scenario Designer is a set of tools to accelerate the generation of 3D content for simulations of robots, autonomous vehicles, and other near-real-time 3D applications. Using this new service announced at AWS re:Invent 2022, developers can experiment with simulation scenarios in a fraction of the time taken by traditional methods.
14. Amazon’s Distributed Computing Manifesto
AWS re:Invent 2022 ended with Dr. Werner Vogels talking about quantum computing, the challenges of quantum computing, and how AWS is working on the same. He announced Amazon’s Distributed Computing Manifesto, an age-old canonical document that helped transform Amazon’s e-commerce platform. Dr. Verner published the manifesto in November to re-iterate the challenges that the company is yet to face and where it is headed.