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August News Roundup: What’s New with AWS?

ACG Technical Editors Team
ACG Technical Editors Team

Hello Cloud Gurus! Wondering what’s changed with AWS this month, but haven’t had the time to check the headlines? We’ve written an article with everything you need to know to keep in the loop.

Amazon Neptune Global Database

This month, the planets have aligned as Amazon Neptune now supports Global Database.

Amazon’s managed graph database service has already supported read replicas across zones in the same region. While this is great for localized outages, cross-region resilience is an increasingly visible topic for cloud architects. Using this feature, you can create secondary clusters in additional regions.

Read Amazon’s handy guide on using this feature here, and what you need to take into account.

CloudWatch Custom Metrics boost

Do you use CloudWatch Custom Metrics? This month, AWS raised the ceiling on how often you can send metrics to CloudWatch, beefing up the throughput by 150 times!

You can now send 50 times as many metrics in a single call, with a three times faster default call rate. They also tripled the number of dimensions you can include in a single metric, so if you’re keeping track, that’s up to 450 times as much data in a single API call!

This will allow a lot more flexibility for users to batch their custom metrics, and ultimately make fewer API calls: saving bandwidth and most importantly, saving money.

AWS Serverless Snippets Collection now available

Are you a fan of all things serverless? As of this month, the Serverless Land website now includes code snippets!

Each code snippet is provided by AWS developer advocates or trusted members of the community. No additions to r/badcode here. Using it is easy: You just filter out the examples by AWS service or programming language, and then copy the code into your editor.

AWS Lambda switches to tiered pricing

And some even more good news for the serverless crowd! If you’re an organization that uses Lambda to do a lot of heavy lifting, as of this month, you’re going to save a lot more money.

AWS Lambda has shifted to a tiered pricing model, offering a pricing discount of up to 20 percent, based on your compute duration.

This is already in effect in all regions, except those in China. To learn more, check out this post.

Compute Optimizer works across multiple accounts

This month, AWS Organizations and AWS Compute Optimizer were brought together. You can now use one account to collect Compute Optimizer reports from all accounts in an organization.

Using this capability, you’ll only have to check one location to identify all the ways to right-size your servers, buckets, and functions so you’re saving more money every month, and operating more efficiently.

AWS lets you make your own private 5G network

If you’ve got an urge to have your own personal mobile network, good news: AWS made AWS Private 5G publicly available this month.

Private 5G is intended for enterprises who want to set up their own private and secure mobile network locally within a facility. This can be used to connect cell phones as well as other IoT devices to a secure, low-latency network with extremely robust security and access control.

Normally, this is quite complex to set up, but AWS has streamlined it. All you have to do is sign up to the AWS console, request the number of devices you’d like to connect, and they’ll mail you a mini plug-in cell radio unit and the SIM cards needed to connect to it.

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