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AWS Config, a service that enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of your AWS resources, announces seven new managed rules to help you evaluate whether your AWS resource configurations comply with common best practices. This allows you to simplify compliance auditing, security analysis, change management, and operational troubleshooting.

Amazon S3 announces feature enhancements to S3 Select. S3 Select is an Amazon S3 capability designed to pull out only the data you need from an object, which can dramatically improve the performance and reduce the cost of applications that need to access data in S3.

Today, Amazon S3 Select works on objects stored in CSV and JSON format. Based on customer feedback, we’re happy to announce S3 Select support for Apache Parquet format, JSON Arrays, and BZIP2 compression for CSV and JSON objects. We are also adding support for CloudWatch Metrics for S3 Select, which lets you monitor S3 Select usage for your applications. 

Starting today, C5d instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. C5d instances were first introduced in May 2018 and delivers C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5d instances provide high-performance block storage 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.

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now FedRAMP authorized with a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the High Impact Level provided by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). United States government customers and their partners can now use the latest version of ElastiCache for Redis to process and store their FedRAMP systems, data, and mission-critical, high-impact workloads in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, and at moderate impact level in AWS US East/West Regions.

Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3 now includes storage metrics for Amazon Glacier and S3 OneZone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA) storage classes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Storage that has been uploaded to S3 One Zone-IA or transitioned to S3 One Zone-IA or Amazon Glacier from S3 Standard or S3 Standard-IA storage classes using S3 Lifecycle policies will be available in CloudWatch storage metrics. These storage metrics will also include object overhead bytes applied to objects in Amazon Glacier and small objects in S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA.

Amazon SageMaker now supports a new HTTP header for the InvokeEndpoint API action called CustomAttributes, which can be used to provide additional information about an inference request or response. Using this header, it is easy to pass custom information such as trace ID, application specific identifier or other metadata to the inference request or response. This will help customers keep track of their requests or responses for audits or tracking metrics.

AWS Glue now supports data encryption at rest for ETL jobs and development endpoints. You can configure ETL jobs and development endpoints to use AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys to write encrypted data at rest. You can also encrypt the metadata stored in the Glue Data Catalog using keys that you manage with AWS KMS. Additionally, you can use AWS KMS keys to encrypt job bookmarks and the logs generated by crawlers and ETL jobs.