AWS This Week

AWS This Week: AWS retires EC2-Classic, AWS IoT SiteWise Edge & Amazon Neptune ML now GA

Episode description

Mattias Andersson is here with your weekly dose of AWS news and updates! This week, AWS retires EC2-Classic, AWS IoT SiteWise Edge and Amazon Neptune ML are now generally available, Amazon Transcribe Call Analytics can now easily distill call center transcripts, and AWS is named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services for the eleventh year running.

Introduction (0:00)
EC2-Classic is retiring (0:29)
Support for Internet Explorer 11 is ending (2:47)
AWS IoT Sitewise Edge now generally available (3:25)
Amazon Transcribe Call Analytics (3:35)
AWS named leader in 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CIPS (3:44)
Amazon Neptune supports the openCypher query language (3:58)
Amazon Neptune ML now generally available (4:08)
Amazon CloudWatch adds support for trimmed mean statistics (4:15)
Amazon CloudWatch gets cross-account alarms (4:21)
Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics now supports visual monitoring (4:27)
AWS AppSync now supports custom authorization for GraphQL APIs via AWS Lambda (4:36)
AWS SageMaker Pipelines now supports Lambda function steps in model builds (4:43)
Athena Unload can now write query results in Parquet, AVRO, ORC, and JSON (4:52)
EC2 Auto Scaling now lets you control which instances to terminate on scale-in (5:02)

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Series description

Join our ACG hosts as they recap the most important developments in the AWS world from the past week. Keeping up with ever-changing world of cloud can be difficult, so let us do the hard work sifting through announcements to bring you the best of what's new with AWS This Week.

Hello Cloud Gurus, Amazon Web Services has announced something very unusual this week. They are going to deprecate a service, but don't worry because it's just EC2-Classic and I'm sure you're already using VPCs, right? Anyway, we'll also run through lots of new things. I'm Mattias Andersson and you're watching AWS This Week. Okay. The big news this week is that AWS is going to be getting rid of the old EC2-Classic.

Now the vast majority of you watching this are already using VPCs instead. So this won't affect you at all. I'm not even sure that a single one of you is actually still using EC2-Classic, but hey, if you are, please let us know in the comments. I'd love to read your take on this. Anyway, the only reason this is news is because AWS almost never does this.

Usually they just encourage people to move away from an old service by replacing it with something exceedingly better or cheaper like they did with SimpleDB. And with S3's reduced redundancy storage class, for example, where they simply stopped dropping its price. And so the strictly better standard class became cheaper. But now years later, you can still use SimpleDB and RRS if you like paying more for less, I mean. Also remember when Amazon announced their plan to deprecate S3 path style URLs for new buckets in May of 2019? Well, they wound up delaying that because of the customer feedback.

And it's still delayed indefinitely, with a promise to give at least one full year's notice when they do eventually proceed. Now, to be fair, Amazon has actually deprecated some features through the years, like some old versions of Lambda run times, for example, but Amazon's general approach is to keep things going. They have a strong reputation for backwards compatibility and price reduction, and price ties back into this EC2-Classic deprecation. Amazon stopped releasing new instance types for EC2-Classic years ago. So when migration from EC2-Classic to the newer and more efficient instance types available on VPCs is likely to save you a lot on your bill too. Now,

in case this EC2-Classic deprecation actually does affect you, you should know that nothing starts happening until the end of October when they start by disabling EC2-Classic for any regions where your account does not have any such resources. And it's not until August 15th, 2022, that they expect all of the migrations to be complete. But as Jeff Barr writes in his blog post, we don't plan to disrupt any workloads and we'll do our best to help you to meet these dates. It sounds like a pretty fair deal to me. Oh, speaking of AWS ending support for something, this has been a big week! On July 31st, 2022, AWS will stop fixing AWS console issues that show up in Internet Explorer 11. Yeah, the web browser from 2013. So feel free to upgrade to a non ridiculous browser anytime before then, or I guess keep hobbling along because the console will probably still work for a while even after then. Your call. But okay.

Let's move past the support drama and let's get on to some more exciting things. Let's run through the headlines for a bunch of new goodies. AWS IoT Sitewise Edge is now generally available for processing industrial equipment data, right in or close to the factory. Amazon Transcribe call analytics is now available to extract all sorts of analytics from contact center transcripts with a single API call. For the 11th consecutive year, AWS has been named a leader in Gartner's magic quadrant for cloud infrastructure and platform services. Again,

getting the very highest score for both ability to execute and completeness of vision. Amazon Neptune now supports both the open cypher query language and the Spark QL 1.1 graph store HTTP protocol. Also, Amazon Neptune ML is now generally available to streamline machine learning on your graph databases. CloudWatch gets support for trimmed means statistics so you can exclude outliers. Also CloudWatch now supports cross-account alarms, enabling things like centralized monitoring accounts. CloudWatch Synthetics,

which runs Canary scripts to do regression testing, now supports image-based checking. Like pictures, I mean. You can now use custom authorization Lambdas to control access to your app sync based GraphQL APIs. SageMaker Pipelines now supports steps to invoke Lambda functions in your ML model builds, and it can even create the Lambdas for you from code. Athena Unload can now write query results in Parquet, AVRO, ORC, and JSON formats, simplifying follow up querying and processing. And finally, EC2 auto-scaling gets improved control for scale-in and instance refresh situations. Well, that's all the news for this week. Thanks for watching.

Stay safe and keep being awesome Cloud Gurus.

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