Adrian’s top AWS updates — Nov. 13th 2018

Curated list of my favorite AWS updates.

#1 AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Cross-Region Actions

AWS CodePipeline now makes it easier to perform actions such as deployments, builds, or tests in multiple regions from a single pipeline. Previously, you needed to set-up a pipeline in a region in order for CodePipeline to perform actions in that region. Now, you can add cross-region actions such as additional region deployments to help improve your application’s latency and availability.

#2 Redis 5.0 now available on Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

Your real-time applications can now benefit from Amazon ElastiCache for Redis support of Redis 5.0. Now you can take advantage of new Redis 5.0 features such as Redis Streams, enhanced sorted sets with pop operations, improved HyperLogLog algorithm, and better memory management.

#3 Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Always On Availability Groups

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now offers Always On Availability Groups for the Multi-AZ configuration in all AWS Regions. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating databases between two AWS Availability Zones. These Availability Zones offer you an easier and more effective way to design and operate applications and databases, making them more highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable than traditional single datacenter infrastructures or multi-datacenter infrastructures.

#4 Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports IAM Authentication

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility now supports AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access. Database administrators can associate database users with IAM users and roles. This way, you can manage user access to all AWS resources from a single location, avoiding issues caused by permissions being out of sync on different AWS resources. After configuring the database for IAM authentication, client applications authenticate to the database engine by providing temporary security credentials generated by the IAM Security Token Service. These credentials are used instead of providing a password to the database engine.

#5 Amazon Route 53 Releases Interactive Map for Traffic Flow Geoproximity Routing

If you’re using geoproximity routing in the Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow console, you can see how your end users will be routed to each of your application’s endpoints on an interactive map.

#6 Amazon RDS Now Sends Events to Amazon CloudWatch Events

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now sends all service events to Amazon CloudWatch Events, allowing you to track and respond to changes in your Amazon RDS resources. Supported resource types include database instances, database clusters, parameter groups, and database snapshots. You can build Amazon CloudWatch Event rules to trigger a variety of actions including running AWS Lambda functions and Amazon ECS tasks. You can even use cross-account event delivery to monitor Amazon RDS service events across your organization.

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Adrian Hornsby

Principal System Dev Engineer @ AWS ☁️ I break stuff .. mostly. Opinions here are my own.