Weekly News Roundup 25th June 2021

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly News Roundup from the world of AWS and Technology.  Some interesting launches this week, covering DevOps, Costs, an interesting new ML course and AWS’s gamification of Bug Hunting.

AWS allows customers (in the US only for now) to pre-pay for their usage


AWS has launched a preview service in the US for customers to pay for their usage in advance.

AWS Launches a new Public Registry for AWS CloudFormation


AWS has launched a new Public Registry for extensions from APN members, third-party vendors and open source tools. For example, you can use AWSQS::Kubernetes::Helm to create a new Helm section to pull in the metrics package and produce a Prometheus metrics graph.

Amazon provides AWS-supported container images for Continuous integration tasks to simplify serverless application development


Amazon has provided a set of new container images for common CI/CD systems, including CloudBees CI/Jenkins, GitLab CI/CD, GitHub Actions, CircleCI, and AWS CodeBuild for use in serverless application development and the AWS SAM CLI.

AWS launches AWS BugBust


AWS has launched a new service based on CodeGuru to find and eliminate bugs in your code (Java and Python for now) using gamification methods. Prizes are available from AWS, including T-shirts, Jackets, Trophies and even an paid trip to re:Invent 2021 for the top 10 in the global leaderboard.

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) now supports encryption in transit between applications and DAX clusters


AWS has added encryption in transit to communication between your applications and the DAX Cluster as well as between nodes in a cluster.

Amazon Lookout for Metrics can now connect to CloudWatch data


Amazon has announced that their anomaly detection solution, Amazon Lookout for Metrics can now connect to Amazon CloudWatch as a data source, and detect any anomalies on your metrics, such as if the average number of 5XX errors increases, and then alert or trigger an event based on the anomaly.

Modern Unix Tools


This GitHub collection covers a number of Unix Tools that have built on the standard set of tools, to provide extra functionality. Some really nice tools are available, such as tldr, a project to summarise the man pages (in multiple languages) to provide just the main information you need to use the commands.

AWS and Deeplearning.ai launch a new Data Science specialisation course for Machine Learning on AWS

Practical Data Science

AWS and Deeplearning.ai have launched a new combined course for Data Science covering a number of topics in Data Science, as well as covering the use of AWS SageMaker tools for Data Science

Amazon QLDB now available in the Europe (London) region


Amazon’s Quantum Ledger Database is now available in the London region. QLDB provides a fully managed ledger database with an immutable and cryptographically verifiable transaction log.