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re:Invent 2021: pre:Invent news round-up!

Stephen Sennett
Stephen Sennett

What’s going on with AWS this week? Just a little conference called AWS re:Invent 2021. Ahead of that, we have an absolute mountain of announcements from last week, which we know as pre:Invent! In this post, we’ll talk about:

  • AWS releases their new Elastic Disaster Recovery service
  • Amplify receives a small avalanche of updates
  • Graviton2 support for more services
  • Amazon Linux 2022 has been released for Preview

Read on for all the details!

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Announcing AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery

AWS has announced a new service, called AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery. This service aims to minimize the cost of downtime for services running either on-premises, or other cloud providers, by providing an automatic disaster recovery into AWS.

Now if this feels a little familiar, you’d be right, with AWS having built the service on the foundation of CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, which they acquired back in 2019. In fact, they both cost the same amount per protected server and seem to be functionally very similar.

Elastic Disaster Recovery doesn’t yet support all of the same Operating Systems or AWS Regions as CloudEndure, but it does integrate natively into the AWS Console, CloudTrail, IAM, and CloudWatch.

Perhaps this is part of the future AWS intends for CloudEndure DR? But for now, it also remains fully available.

Amplify gets Amplified

Okay, this is actually a bunch of updates, with AWS Amplify receiving nearly half a dozen worth mentioning in the last week or so.

We can’t do them justice here, but to wrap through the list:

  • Export Amplify backends as CDK stacks
    You can now export Amplify backends into a CDK stack, which lets you embed them in your existing CDK pipelines, making it potentially more compatible with your existing DevOps practices
  • Custom Resources for Backends
    As of a few weeks ago, it’s worth mentioning that you can now add almost any other AWS resource to your Amplify backend as well, further simplifying your deployment architecture
  • GraphQL Transformer Redesigned
    The GraphQL Transformer has been completely overhauled for more flexibility
  • New Authenticator for React, Angular, Vue
    The new Authenticator for popular Javascript Frameworks comes not just with a new theme, but added capabilities for Social Sign-in, more extensibility, and generally giving you more control over your login experience
  • In-App Messaging (Developer Preview)
    And lastly, there’s a developer preview enabling Pinpoint to be better integrated with Amplify for in-app messaging

Needless to say, there’s a huge amount of changes, so check on the links above to get all the details.

2021 re:Invent Pre-Show

Watch re:Invent 2021: AWS Heroes on What to Know Before the Show — for our big bets on what to expect and the keynotes we’re most looking forward to.

Graviton2 Everywhere

Continuing to amp up their investment in Graviton2, AWS have announced support for a bunch of new services to leverage these CPUs specifically designed for workloads with the needs of the public cloud.

Fargate gives us the ability to run containers without managing the underlying servers; in essence, a serverless container platform, so much like Lambda, you only pay for the time and resources you use. Also much like Lambda, which also had Graviton2 support announced earlier this year, much is made of the potential for price-performance improvements for your solutions of up to 40%.

Graviton2 is a really interesting technology, and if you want to know more about how it can change your business, check out the Graviton Challenge from AWS.

Amazon Linux 2022 Preview

AWS have released a new version of Amazon Linux, with Amazon Linux 2022 being released to Public Preview.

They have announced a plan to release a new major version of Amazon Linux every two years, with five years long-term support, giving more certainty and stability. That said, Amazon Linux 2 will continue to remain supported and receiving upgrades into mid-2023, with a new release also announced to update its kernel to Linux version 5.10.

Keep up with re:Invent 2021

That’s some of the most important news from the last week, but of course, we still need to talk about re:Invent itself:

  • We’ll also be there at the event, including Ryan Kroonenburg and Faye Ellis, who’ll be around our booth, number #1561, and on-hand to wrap up the biggest announcements of the event in a very special episode of AWS This Week. Swing by, and tell them Stephen sent you!
  • If you’re attending virtually (or just want the TL;DR version of the week’s events), you can follow ACG on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to A Cloud Guru on YouTube for daily re:Invent updates. You can also join our awesome Discord Community, where you can hang out with all of your favorite AWS Training Architects and like-minded people.

That’s all for now. Keep being awesome, cloud gurus!


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