Another week, another round up of the most significant AWS launches from the previous seven days! Among the news, we have new AWS Heroes and a cost reduction. Also, improvements for customers using AWS Lambda and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and a new database-to-database connectivity option for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).
Last Week’s Launches
Here are some launches that caught my attention last week:
AWS Billing Conductor – This new tool provides customizable pricing and cost visibility for your end customers or business units and helps when you have specific showback and chargeback needs. To get started, see Getting Started with AWS Billing Conductor. And yes, you can call it “ABC.”
Cost Reduction for Amazon Route 53 Resolver DNS Firewall – Starting from the beginning of March, we are introducing a new tiered pricing structure that reduces query processing fees as your query volume increases. We are also implementing internal optimizations to reduce the number of DNS queries for which you are charged without affecting the number of DNS queries that are inspected or introducing any other changes to your security posture. For more info, see the What’s New.
Share Test Events in the Lambda Console With Other Developers – You can now share the test events you create in the Lambda console with other team members and have a consistent set of test events across your team. This new capability is based on Amazon EventBridge schemas and is available in the AWS Regions where both Lambda and EventBridge are available. Have a look at the What’s New for more details.
Use containerd with Windows Worker Nodes Managed by Amazon EKS – containerd is a container runtime that manages the complete container lifecycle on its host system with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness, and portability. In this way, you can get on Windows similar performance, security, and stability benefits to those available for Linux worker nodes. Here’s the What’s New with more info.
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL databases can now connect and retrieve data from MySQL databases – You can connect your RDS PostgreSQL databases to Amazon Aurora MySQL-compatible, MySQL, and MariaDB databases. This capability works by adding support to mysql_fdw, an extension that implements a Foreign Data Wrapper (FDW) for MySQL. Foreign Data Wrappers are libraries that PostgreSQL databases can use to communicate with an external data source. Find more info in the What’s New.
Other AWS News
New AWS Heroes – It’s great to see both new and familiar faces joining the AWS Heroes program, a worldwide initiative that acknowledges individuals who have truly gone above and beyond to share knowledge in technical communities. Get to know them in the blog post!
More Than 400 Points of Presence for Amazon CloudFront – Impressive growth here, doubling the Points of Presence we had in October 2019. This number includes edge locations and mid-tier caches in AWS Regions. Do you know that edge locations are connected to the AWS Regions through the AWS network backbone? It’s a fully redundant, multiple 100GbE parallel fiber that circles the globe and links with tens of thousands of networks for improved origin fetches and dynamic content acceleration.
AWS Open Source News and Updates – A newsletter curated by my colleague Ricardo where he brings you the latest open-source projects, posts, events, and much more. This week he is also sharing a short list of some of the open-source roles currently open across Amazon and AWS, covering a broad range of open-source technologies. Read edition #105 here.
Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:
The AWS Summits Are Back – Don’t forget to register to the AWS Summits in Brussels (on March 31) and Paris (on April 12). More summits are coming in the next weeks, and we’ll let you know in this weekly posts.
That’s all from me for this week. Come back next Monday for another Week in Review!