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Your passport to AWS re:Invent 2016

AWS re:Invent, one of the most anticipated cloud conferences, is here. Catch up on releases, new services and up-to-the-minute news from Amazon Web Services.

Introduction

In true Amazon fashion, AWS re:Invent continues to evolve and grow -- exceeding attendees' expectations with access to more training, sessions and certifications, as well as full-day technical deep dives on emerging topics such as internet of things, serverless computing and containers.

The sold out AWS re:Invent 2016 conference, scheduled for November 28 through December 2 in Las Vegas, is a showcase for the public cloud provider's new or improved services -- and a platform for its continued push toward enterprise adoption of AWS.

While the public cloud provider keeps a tight lid on news prior to the show -- not to mention who will perform at the re:Play party -- one look at the sessions schedule hints to an increased focus on artificial intelligence, with an entire track dedicated to Alexa. There are also mini conferences on topics such as IoT and Amazon machine learning. Other AWS re:Invent 2016 sessions focus on more typical topics, including the ever-popular "Scaling up to Your First 10 Million Users," within the Architecture track and a security and compliance session titled "Architecting for End-to-End Security in the Enterprise," which explores how Fortune 500 companies use protect sensitive data in AWS.

This AWS re:Invent 2016 guide outlines expert insights on what to expect at the show, as well as up-to-the-minute news and developments from Las Vegas. We examine important services and features in the areas of AWS management and development. The guide also looks at topics that are growing in popularity and emphasis throughout the industry, including serverless computing, artificial intelligence and containers. Check back often for updates.

1News and insights-

News and analysis from AWS re:Invent 2016

Each year at AWS re:Invent, the public cloud giant introduces new services, updates to existing products and multiple price cuts across its portfolio. At AWS re:Invent 2015, it introduced its Import/Export Snowball service, which moves large amounts of data to cloud storage with a physical appliance; the product has the capacity to store up to 50 terabytes of data. AWS re:Invent 2016 will be no different -- with changes expected to machine learning, Alexa and IoT. There should also be some enterprise-centric news, including more details on AWS' partnership with VMware. In this section, you'll get the latest news and analysis as it happens in Las Vegas.

Opinion

A look at AWS' history with data

Senior news writer Jack Vaughan examines AWS' past and how it helped lead the cloud provider to its top billing in the market. Continue Reading

News

AWS Blox could challenge Kubernetes

Kubernetes, a popular open source container orchestration platform, got a new challenger in AWS Blox, which is a rare foray for the cloud provider into open source technology. Continue Reading

Blog Post

AWS takes anti-multicloud stance

Amazon Web Services provides limited on-premises support -- and those capabilities could expand with its new VMware partnership -- but it is more averse to the multicloud mindset. Continue Reading

News

New tools dig deeper into AWS environments

The final day of the AWS re:Invent conference saw the cloud provider continue its courtship of developers. Continue Reading

News

Amazon Athena allows teams to query against S3

The newly released Amazon Athena engine allows IT teams to implement a pay-by-query model for S3-based data. Continue Reading

Feature

re:Invent attendees react to new services on Twitter

IT experts of all types were swift to respond to news from AWS re:Invent, taking to social media to share thoughts and opinions. Continue Reading

News

Snowball Edge poses threat to networking vendors

AWS expanded its Import/Export Snowball appliance with the introduction of Snowball Edge, which adds compute capability to the data transport device. Continue Reading

News

AWS, Chef deepen partnership

Amazon tweaked its OpsWorks service to account for the new Chef Automate tool, and the cloud provider doubled down on the partnership with an additional investment in the software company. Continue Reading

News

Multicloud adoption slow now, but poised for boom

The idea of a multicloud model sounds nice for many businesses -- save money while avoiding lock-in -- but management hurdles still harm adoption. Continue Reading

News

Machine learning, AI capabilities grow for AWS users

At AWS re:Invent 2016, the public cloud provider announced a slew of new services pertaining to machine learning and artificial intelligence, giving customers new ways to make use of data. Continue Reading

News

AWS digs its heels deeper into hybrid cloud

New AWS enhancements expand the cloud provider's data transport, machine learning and compute capabilities -- and maybe also its customer base. Continue Reading

News

Amazon WorkSpaces adds browser-based DaaS

WorkSpaces Web Access allows users access to their Amazon cloud desktops and apps through the browser on any PC, taking some administration load off IT's hands. Continue Reading

Feature

Expert predictions for AWS re:Invent 2016

SearchAWS contributors share insights on what the public cloud provider will announce at its yearly conference -- and what that means for enterprise IT. Continue Reading

Feature

The evolution of AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent 2016 marks the tech conference's fifth year. Experts look at how both Amazon and its conference have evolved through the years. Continue Reading

News

Amazon QuickSight BI enters GA, holds potential

QuickSight BI capabilities are a start for AWS, and could signal future disruption in the market as the company fleshes out its strategy. Continue Reading

News

AWS cuts prices and expands Glacier options

Amazon cut prices on its Amazon Glacier cold storage service, a move that also gives customers faster access to data -- if they're willing to pay for it. Continue Reading

2Emerging technologies-

What's on the horizon for AWS?

The public cloud market is evolving at breakneck pace. And while some enterprises are still exploring the idea of moving certain workloads to AWS, others are experimenting with serverless computing, containers and IoT. Technologies, such as containers, can help developers spin up applications faster than ever before. But a move to more advanced and complicated workloads means cloud services must be capable of handling large amounts of data -- without degradation in performance or speed. In this section, we look at how the public cloud industry has changed over the past year and what part AWS is playing in those technological advancements.

News

Quirks come with the serverless territory

Serverless computing is still in its early stages, and while some cloud users have had success with AWS Lambda, others struggle with its caveats. Continue Reading

Opinion

Augmented and virtual reality workloads possible in AWS

Augmented and virtual reality are two growing technologies that require large amounts of processing power. AWS could be a player in that market, if the cloud provider can keep up with processing needs. Continue Reading

Tip

Amazon Alexa holds promise for healthcare, science markets

The healthcare and science industries are putting the Alexa voice interface to work, but some basic hurdles may slow enterprise adoption. Continue Reading

Tip

Eliminate configuration mistakes that limit container portability

Developers make several common mistakes when spinning up containers. Here's advice to keep containers portable. Continue Reading

Opinion

If AWS can't beat 'em, it'll acquire 'em

AWS' past pattern of technology acquisitions show small, targeted purchases that intend to fill gaps in the cloud provider's services. Continue Reading

Opinion

AWS could target HPC, healthcare industries

As AWS extends its list of services to specific verticals, healthcare and high-performance computing could signal growth areas. Continue Reading

Tip

Getting to know AWS IoT

The internet of things collects data from billions of internet-connected devices. The AWS IoT service is one tool that helps businesses mine and analyze that information. Continue Reading

Tip

In pursuit of simplicity, Lambda goes astray

AWS Lambda is a common choice for serverless computing in the cloud. But in trying to make the service easier to use, AWS added steps to the setup process. Continue Reading

3Development-

Use AWS to build better applications

As AWS has evolved over the last 10 years so too have its developer tools and methods. The traditional deployment model for legacy applications now looks vastly different than they did in the first days of public cloud. Developers can choose between a variety of AWS Elastic Compute Cloud instances and container images, all while load-balancing resources and directing network traffic. Some IT teams even opt for serverless architectures, using AWS Lambda to manage back-end resources. And the move toward a DevOps methodology means that business units now expect applications and versions to continuously deploy and update. To keep pace with AWS and the changing cloud app development market, IT teams must maintain solid dev practices and use the proper tools to achieve business objectives. This section can help IT teams understand changes as they occur.

News

Aurora, S3 and Lambda tie together for better integration

AWS responded to customer requests for tighter integration with its Amazon Aurora database, providing a way to import stored data from Amazon Simple Storage Service buckets. Continue Reading

News

Amazon Linux Container Image creates parity with on-premises resources

The Amazon Linux Container Image offers additional flexibility for hybrid cloud customers and larger businesses that want to keep some instances on premises. Continue Reading

Tip

Common practices that help dev teams

Two AWS tools -- Amazon VPC and Route 53 -- can help developers build, secure and manage applications in the public cloud. Continue Reading

News

New Application Load Balancer routes traffic at app level

Not all AWS customers were sold on its Elastic Load Balancing service. But AWS revealed the Application Load Balancer at the AWS Summit for more granular traffic control. Continue Reading

Tip

Automate tasks for more efficient development

As more IT teams adopt a DevOps approach, developers must evaluate tools that enable automatic code deployments. Continue Reading

Blog Post

AWS unveils P2 instance, modifies Reserved Instances

A new feature for Reserved Instances -- in addition to a new P2 instance type -- expand provisioning options and offer additional savings. Continue Reading

Tip

Brush up on popular mobile application development terms

AWS is trying to keep pace with the evolving MBaaS market. Are you current on the latest terms? Here's a refresher on the main technologies for creating and managing mobile apps. Continue Reading

Tip

Gaming engine powers more AWS development options

Amazon Lumberyard gives 3D video game developers a new platform, but smart app dev teams could also use the platform to level up. Continue Reading

Tip

Debugging tools ensure strong AWS app performance

It's important for development teams to debug applications before and after release cycles, and these AWS tools can help analyze performance. Continue Reading

4Management-

Control AWS cloud resources and personnel

AWS and other public cloud providers try to ease barriers to enterprise adoption in a variety of ways. Free tiers of service and a variety of migration tools can make AWS an attractive option for businesses of all sizes. But once they make the move to the cloud, resource and data management take on new levels of importance. Administrators need to take firm control of their cloud environments to ensure they stay on budget and secure data from internal mistakes and external threats. While the cloud offers new management challenges, businesses are increasingly placing trust in AWS. Some businesses are going all-in, while others make a more gradual and deliberate jump to cloud. Use expert advice in this section to be certain your IT team takes a well thought-out approach to managing workloads in AWS.

News

AWS adds to migration, budgeting capabilities

AWS' new Server Migration Service, budgeting tools give enterprises an easier path to the cloud and a more efficient way of tracking spending. Continue Reading

News

AWS, VMware announce cloud partnership

The two cloud providers announced an upcoming VMware Cloud on AWS service that combines powers in the virtualization and cloud markets. Continue Reading

News

Large enterprises go all-in on AWS

Startups with little to no on-premises hardware regularly choose to go all-in with a public cloud provider like AWS, but larger businesses are joining them. Continue Reading

Feature

Don't make these AWS security mistakes

While AWS provides a variety of security tools and compliance certifications, common management mistakes can leave a cloud vulnerable to attacks. Continue Reading

Tip

Which verticals fit best with pure AWS vs. hybrid or multicloud?

Enterprises of all shapes and sizes have different cloud needs, but some common threads exist in how these businesses adopt cloud strategies. Continue Reading

E-Handbook

DevOps success requires a shift in the IT mindset

While AWS offers tools to help with development processes, the DevOps methodology also requires a full commitment from business decision-makers and developers alike. Continue Reading

Tip

Stop instances automatically with these tools

It's easy to create an instance but more difficult to monitor and shut it down as time goes on. These tools help developers terminate unused instances. Continue Reading

Tip

Take advantage of AWS DR features

AWS has the tools to protect data and resources when things go wrong, but it starts with a thought-out business plan. Continue Reading

Tip

Amazon VPC enables hybrid possibilities

Enterprises that prefer a hybrid cloud strategy can use an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to make a secure connection from private data centers to the cloud. Continue Reading

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