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re:Invent 2021: AWS Heroes place bets on what we’ll see

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A lunar AWS area? Route 53 Database? We name longshots and certain issues earlier than the large present

AWS re:Invent 2021 is almost right here. After being totally digital for re:Invent 2020, re:Invent is again in Las Vegas. In that Vegas spirit, we gathered a panel of AWS Heroes for a spherical desk dialogue to position wagers on what we would see (and what we nearly definitely will not see) at re:Invent 2021.

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Quotes beneath have been edited for brevity, readability, and normal awesomeness. You’ll be able to guess that any errors or errors are seemingly on the a part of the editor.

Compute & Containers

Ryan Kroonenburg, founding father of A Cloud Guru and AWS Neighborhood Hero, shared the next bets for what he expects round compute and containers out of re:Invent 2021.

Positive bets: Growth of EC2 cases and help for naked steel with EKS Wherever

“This month, AWS introduced an improve to the G4 to the G5. These are principally cases powered by Nvidia A10GTEnsor-core GPUs that ship round 3x efficiency for graphic-intensive and machine studying workloads. However I’m certain we’ll see another upgrades,” Ryan stated.

“For one more certain guess, should you learn the documentation for EKS Wherever, they’ve stated they’re going to supply naked steel help for EKS Wherever in 2022. So I wouldn’t be stunned to see that introduced at re:Invent as nicely,” Ryan stated.

Containers are nearly a crucial evil as folks migrate extra to serverless structure, and EKS and ECS Wherever is an efficient instance of assembly folks the place they’re. 

We anticipate no scarcity of containers bulletins at re:Invent 2021. What are they? We’ll see. (However fingers crossed for a map to determine the place to run them.)

Even cash: Upgraded EFS storage

“At re:Invent final 12 months, they upgraded gp3 and I/O. In September, AWS introduced clever tiering for EFS, and it’s similar to the best way they do clever tiering with S3,” Ryan stated. “However they haven’t executed any efficiency upgrades for EFS lately.”

Longshot: New lunar AWS Area

Positive, it’s not going to occur, but it surely would be fairly cool. And in the event that they want any assist setting it up, Ryan has volunteered to help construct a lunar knowledge middle.

“I reckon there’s going to be some kind of cloud on the moon by 2030,” Ryan predicted. 

You heard it right here first. (Somebody arrange a reminder to examine again on this in 9 years.)


Matt Lewis, Chief Architect at DVLA and AWS Knowledge Hero, positioned his bets for what we’ll see round database information out of re:Invent this 12 months.

Positive guess: Extra direct integrations to and between database engines

“That is a type of issues that we’ve seen over the past couple of years,” Matt stated. 

Prior to now, there have been so many locations the place there was a necessity to jot down customized Lambda capabilities to behave as glue. Now there have been enhancements, however there’s extra to go.

“I feel slicing out a few of these repetitive steps that it’s a must to do as a developer is a type of certain bets and one thing we’ll begin seeing extra bulletins round,” Matt stated.

Even cash: Serverless Aurora v2 with Knowledge API 

All of the goodness of Aurora with out RDS Proxy!

Longshot: Route 53 Database

“I don’t know if it’s jokingly, however you retain listening to extra folks speaking about Route 53 as a possible database. There’s a service dedication round 100% from AWS, the TXT report you possibly can retailer as much as 4,000 characters in a number of strings,” Matt stated. “So you recognize, perhaps AWS will acknowledge that and also you’ll additionally be capable to discover Route 53 within the database class within the AWS console.” 

Will it occur? Possibly there’s a necessity for the AWS Lunar area with a view to create the Route 53 Database.

Machine Studying

The quantity of stuff occurring with SageMaker is wild nowadays. We received a ton of updates final 12 months, a customized chip was launched, and we noticed machine studying being carried out into different providers. 

Our machine studying maestro Kesha Williams, Principal Coaching Architect at A Cloud Guru and AWS Machine Studying Hero, presents the next re:Invent predictions — with a disclaimer: “All of those are longshots truthfully, so don’t guess on me!”

Positive guess: Amazon CodeGuru to help extra languages

“Amazon CodeGuru presently solely helps Java and Python,” Kesha stated. “I think about AWS will proceed to increase that by including new languages.”

Even cash: New machine studying capabilities added to Amazon Join

“Final 12 months, AWS rolled out Voice ID to establish the caller, Contact Lens for extra sentiment evaluation, and Knowledge. They usually simply rolled out a predictive dialer function. At re:Invent 2021, I feel there might be a whole lot of deal with Amazon Join and including extra cool machine studying options,” Kesha stated. “However we’ll see!”

Longshot: AWS DeepDrone, an autonomous drone that integrates with Amazon SageMaker

Have we gone off the deep finish or would a DeepDrone be tremendous cool?

“This performs off what I name the ‘deep toys,’ issues like DeepLens, DeepComposer, and DeepRacer,” Kesha stated. “I might like to have DeepDrone, an autonomous drone that I can load my SageMaker fashions onto. It seems like it will be a lot enjoyable to play with.”

“It additionally sounds very harmful,” Ryan joked. “And it will be extraordinarily harmful if I loaded my machine studying fashions on it.”

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Watch re:Invent 2021: AWS Heroes on What to Know Earlier than the Present — for our large bets on what to anticipate and the keynotes we’re most trying ahead to.


Aspect guess: how a lot shade might be thrown at different cloud suppliers’ latest security-related points? 2021 was a reminder that safety is one thing we take with no consideration (as if we would have liked one other reminder). 

On the subject of predictions round AWS security-related bulletins, we flip to the one-and-only Mark Nunnikhoven, Distinguished Cloud Strategist at Lacework and AWS Neighborhood Hero. Right here’s the place he’s placing his Canadian {dollars}. 

“I went boring with my bets as a result of it’s a cleanup 12 months for safety,” Mark stated. “It’s like that ‘dot’ launch the place you’re like, ‘We have now to scrub up a bunch of these things earlier than we actually push ahead.’”

Positive guess: AWS Safety Hub will get simpler to make use of

Mark’s certain guess is that we’ll see “one thing” round updates to AWS Safety Hub, together with enhancements to its UI and deployment mannequin that may make it simpler to make use of.

“Proper now if you attempt to deploy it, it’s per area, per account. Yeah, you possibly can automate a few of that, but it surely will get tough to determine among the knowledge modeling. So making it one-click to go throughout a corporation could be great. However extra importantly than that, within the UI proper now it’s actually fundamental. It provides you all these findings, and that’s nice: it’s a centralized place to see all this safety data. However that’s the place it stops. It doesn’t aid you make sense of that safety data. Like “Hey, you ought to be doing one thing about this!” Or, “These two issues are related!” 

This could possibly be an awesome place for extending machine studying fashions into. We noticed that with GuardDuty, however placing it proper into AWS Safety Hub to function at the next stage could be good. 

“There’s assist wanted right here in some form or kind,” Mark added. “Something! Something could be a profit right here!”

Even cash: Amazon Inspector will get a whole relaunch à la Amazon Macie

Inspector is there and does its job, but it surely’s been lengthy forgotten and must be modernized. Mark bets on a full relaunch, although it most likely leans extra towards a longshot in actuality.

Longshot: New options for AWS IAM making cross-account entry and its publicity easier to handle

“That is much less seemingly than the Lunar area, for certain,” Mark stated. “This is likely one of the greatest sore spots I encounter when speaking with groups: IAM is nuanced and has a number of capabilities. However one of many greatest weak spots is if you’re attempting to grant permissions throughout accounts and utilizing guidelines throughout accounts . . . My longshot is that they’re going to repair this and make it simpler to know issues like: have I given this account entry to this, when is it taking place, and what’s my publicity based mostly on that? All of the items are there however they should put them collectively.” 


Serverless is type of the mortar that’s bringing many of those bricks collectively, particularly if you have a look at one thing like Capabilities as a Service. There’s a whole lot of friction that exists if you’re attempting to construct a well-architected framework utilizing fashionable design and serverless structure. And there’s a whole lot of cleanup that must be executed to take away friction from the developer expertise and make issues work in a approach that’s scalable and dependable.

Ben Kehoe, Cloud Robotics Analysis Scientist at iRobot and AWS Serverless Hero, presents the next serverless predictions for AWS in 2022.

Positive guess: Extra bridges constructed between conventional and serverless computing

“I feel it’s extraordinarily protected to say we’ll see providers that convey extra serverless advantages to much less serverless compute and database and and many others. choices. We’ll additionally see serverless providers add options that make it extra accessible for folks accustomed to extra conventional structure,” Ben stated. “At this time, Lambda could be an occasion supply for lots of issues. You’ll be able to’t hook these providers to issues working on FarGate. These sorts of issues are a spot that I feel we’ll proceed to see shut.”

Even cash: Extra locations with third-party integrations (presently: EventBridge and CloudFormation)

“We’ve seen that AWS has an curiosity in integrating extra carefully with third events in elements of the ecosystem as we’ve seen with EventBridge and CloudFormation,” Ben stated. “I feel we’ll see extra integrations and providers that need to take away the client effort and make it extra native in AWS.”

Longshot: AWS pronounces it is going to now settle for “Lambdas” as a sound time period

“In the identical approach LEGO insists they don’t seem to be ‘Legos’ however ‘LEGO bricks,’ AWS insists they’re ‘Lambda capabilities’ and never ‘Lambdas.’”

Can we get the green-light to simply say “Lambdas” as an alternative of “Lambda capabilities” from AWS formally? In all probability not, however it will be type of cool. (Don’t inform Chris Munns.)

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