AWS Shares Re:Invent Highlights at Edinburgh AWS User Group

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Steven Bryen, Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS, provided members of the Edinburgh AWS User Group with a digest of hundreds of announcements made by the cloud provider at its Re:Invent event in Las Vegas last month. Bryen revealed that the key focus was around Machine Learning (ML) which accounted for 20 of the 77 new products launches, feature releases and services unveiled at the event.

The User Group was founded by CirrusHQ and its CEO, James Lucas, commented,” Although there are 65,000 attendees at Re:Invite, the event sells out in days – so this was a chance to share the highlights of the event with our members.”

The items shared by Bryen included:

  • The Amazon Fraud Detector, a machine learning-based tool that essential outsources fraud management for AWS customers.
  • AWS Outposts – these are a means of running AWS workloads in on-premise datacenters which, while they were announced in 2018, are now generally available to all customers.
  • Inf1 EC2 instances – these double inference throughput but with up to 66% lower cost-per-inference than the Amazon EC2 G4 instance family.

“AWS releases hundreds of new features every year – many of them announced at Re:Invent: knowing which of these could make a difference to your cloud workloads is literally a full-time job,” added Lucas. “One of the value-adds CirrusHQ provides to its customers is helping them to identify the ‘needle in the haystack’: hosting events like these is one of the ways that we do that.”