As expected, re:Invent 2014 was a whirlwind. Last week, AWS launched nine new services. Well, eight new standalone services and a new database engine that is important enough to be called a new service.
Trend Micro was a diamond sponsor at the event, and we had a huge presence at the event. For this post, I’m going to cover both sides. The AWS angle and Trend’s activities at the show.
The videos of all of the breakout sessions are quickly being posted to the AWS YouTube channel. Some of the new services are available immediately, others are being rolled out shortly, and for some, we have to wait until the new year.
By far, the quickest way to come up-to-speed on some of the new services is to watch their re:Invent sessions. Here’s the quick list:
- AWS Key Management Service: SEC301 and a deeper dive in SEC406
- AWS Lambda: MBL202
- AWS Service Catalog: APP204
- AWS Config: SEC315
- Amazon Aurora: SDD415
- Amazon EC2 Container Service: APP313
*I’ve updated the links to all of these videos. Most of the videos for re:Invent 2014 are up on YouTube now.
Of course, the documentation and support information is being updated as well. To get the latest information, the best page to check is the announcement listing.
The key takeaway for me is that AWS is trying to make it as easy as possible for us to develop and deploy high available, scalable systems from day one.
You’re probably thinking, “Of course, that’s what they are doing. They’re the ‘cloud.’” But you’d be amazed at the decisions you make when starting development a new service or application.
Supporting systems and design patterns that will work at scale can be down right cumbersome when you’re just starting up a new project. The cost of running an efficient queuing system or global scale database is not insignificant to do on your own.
That’s why most architects plan for eventual scale with smart choices early on. However, they usually bias their choices for smaller deployments (and they should) because if you’re not successful at a smaller scale, you probably won’t ever grow to the point where scale is an issue.
The latest round of services from AWS removes a lot of that design discussion. It’s just as simple to leverage a highly scale (if you’re into buzzwords, hyperscale) database or queue as for your app that pushes 1000 transactions a day as it is for one that pushes 1000 per second.
That’s the real power here. An even playing field and very few compromises when building your app.
As a diamond sponsor, Trend Micro had a very busy week.
We started off the week by releasing Deep Security 9.5 via the AWS Marketplace.
The AMI enables customers to quickly & easily deploy Deep Security in their own AWS VPC. This versatile security solutions helps you meet your responsibilities for security on AWS which you can read more about on the product site..
In addition to the announcement, we had two talks (that turned into three!) at the event:
- SEC313 & SEC313-R, “Updating Security Operations for the Cloud,” covered how you can significantly improve your security operations by leveraging some of the power of the AWS Cloud. The demo videos, sample code, and workflow explanation are posted over on my site.
- SEC314, “Customer Perspectives on Implementing Security Controls with AWS,” was a fantastic panel that featured four Trend Micro customers discussing how they’ve addressed their security & regulatory challenges on AWS
We also had a strong booth team and a lot of social activities. It was really a fantastic event.
Later this week, I’m hosting a wrap-up webinar to cover some of the AWS announcements and what they mean for your security posture. That’s happening on Thursday, 20 Nov. at 11:30 a.m. PST.