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21May 2018

Alexa for Business introduces Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant, which lets Alexa manage your users’ calendars. Users can now schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in their calendar using their voice. The Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant automatically looks for free time on meeting attendees’ calendars, which saves your users the time and effort of doing this manually. Your users can also move their meetings using Alexa so they can quickly update their calendar without having to break from the task they were doing.

20May 2018

You can now access all of the example Jupyter notebooks provided through Amazon SageMaker from a new “SageMaker Examples” tab on the Jupyter interface console to help you get started using machine learning even faster. These examples cover topics like machine learning fundamentals, in-depth instruction on specific algorithms and frameworks, advanced SageMaker features, and integration with Apache Spark. Until now, you had to navigate to each directory in the Jupyter interface to look at the examples, duplicate the notebook, and move it to your home directory to customize. Now, with the addition of the nbexamples plug-in, Amazon SageMaker extends the Jupyter interface to make discovering the sample notebooks a more streamlined process. From the list of notebooks grouped by category, you can preview a read-only copy of the notebook to examine it in more detail before use. Once you’ve selected the notebook most applicable to your machine learning solution, a single click in the Jupyter interface copies it to the home directory on your Jupyter notebook instance with the name you choose. You can then modify the notebook for your particular use case and run it to build, train, and deploy your machine learning model. 

17May 2018

AWS CloudFormation now offers FIPS 140-2 validated API endpoints in US regions, making it easier for customers to use the service for regulated workloads. These endpoints terminate TLS sessions using a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic software module. Support for FIPS 140-2 validated endpoints is available today in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), and US West (Oregon). See the Regions and Endpoints page for the endpoint URL details.

17May 2018

Amazon Cognito now makes it easier for developers to add OIDC-providers that are currently not built-in to the service console, like Salesforce or Ping Identity. Lengthy sign-up forms create friction for the registration and conversion of users. This new Cognito feature simplifies the registration process by allowing users to login with an existing OpenID account into a User Pool.

17May 2018

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) bare metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), or for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements. Bare metal instances are built on the Nitro system, a collection of AWS-built hardware offload and server protection components that come together to securely provide high performance networking and storage resources to EC2 instances. Bare metal instances were announced for preview at AWS re:Invent 2017, and are now generally available with the EC2 Storage Optimized I3 instance family in the form of i3.metal instances.

17May 2018

Amazon EC2 C5d instances deliver C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. These instances are a great fit for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files. With the option of NVMe-based SSD instance storage, C5 customers now have additional storage choices for their most compute-intensive workloads.

16May 2018

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now makes it easier for you to control access to your AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals (users and roles). You can use a new condition key, aws:PrincipalOrgID, in your permissions policy to require all IAM principals (users and roles) accessing your resources, to be from an account in your organization.  

16May 2018

PostgreSQL read replicas on Amazon RDS now support Outbound Network Access and can execute queries using the postgres_fdw extension to access remote servers. The postgres_fdw extension lets you access and modify data stored in other PostgreSQL servers as if they were tables within the RDS for PostgreSQL DB instance. This is already supported on primary PostgreSQL instances, but offloading read only queries from remote servers to read replicas will reduce resource usage on the primary instance.

16May 2018

Starting today, users can access Amazon Chime from their web browser. The new Amazon Chime web application makes it easy to join meetings from any device with a supported browser, including those running Linux or ChromeOS, without downloading or installing a client application. The web application lets users use Amazon Chime on more devices, and helps them stay connected and productive.

16May 2018

Amazon Inspector expanded security assessments to include Amazon Linux 2018.03 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment.

16May 2018

In December 2015, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) released service last accessed data, which helps you identify overly permissive policies attached to an IAM entity (a user, group, or role). Now, we have extended service last accessed data to support four additional regions: EU (London), Canada (Central), US East (Ohio), and EU (Paris) AWS Regions.

15May 2018

AWS Step Functions now supports higher throughput workflows, making it easier to coordinate applications with high event rates and variable loads. Starting today, throughput has increased from 400 state transitions per second to 1,000 state transitions per second with burst capacity of 5,000 state transitions. The default start rate for AWS Step Functions state machine executions has also increased from 25 per second to 200 per second, with burst capacity of up to 1,000 starts in select regions.

15May 2018

AWS CodeCommit now enables you to restrict who can commit changes to the master branch or any branch of your choosing. Previously, you could control who can make changes to a repository but not to specific branches within a repository. Now, you can define which actions are allowed on a branch and who has permission to perform those actions. This makes it easy to set-up a workflow where only approved users can merge pull requests or commit changes to a sensitive branch.

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