Good Morning!

I’m at SREcon in San Francisco this week; say hello if you are too. Conference season has definitely started.

From the Community

Fig, which AWS acquired, is being Googled.

I haven’t been tracking the Azure security issues lately, but Microsoft themselves posted an update that states that despite bad actors having been scampering around in their infrastructure since last November, they still haven’t gotten all of them out. That says something truly terrifying about the state of Microsoft’s internal auditability.

Ooh, an Amazon S3 Block Public Access Bypass. I’d taken it as a hard truth that "once it’s enabled this bucket CANNOT be made public," but apparently that’s untrue.

The Information reports (paywalled) that the cloud providers are trying to quietly tamp down expectations around Generative AI. Well, imagine that. How could those expectations have gotten inflated? It boggles the mind.

Azure joins the club in abolishing egress charges, but of course only when you leave entirely–which nobody is avoiding due to egress charges. Come on.


Last Week In AWS: GenAI Prattlings and Actually Useful Things

Screaming in the Cloud: Open Source, AI, and Business Insights with AB Periasamy

Choice Cuts

Amazon EFS now supports up to 20 GiB/s of throughput – This is just a thunderous amount of data; it demonstrates just how far EFS has come from its "this is mostly crap" initial launch into what it’s become today: one of my favorite AWS services.

Amazon SES now offers support for headers when sending email – I’m sorry, I haven’t ever used SES directly; back when it launched it was pretty threadbare and other options were better. But are you telling me that it took until 2024 to get the ability to set custom email headers?! How on earth is that even possible?

Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku Model now available on Amazon Bedrock – Because we obviously needed more poetry in the cloud, AWS teamed up with Anthropics for their Claude 3 Haiku Model on Amazon Bedrock. Now, I’ll sleep better knowing my outages can be documented in neat poetic stanzas and not the usual slew of error messages.

AWS announces Aurora MySQL integration with Amazon Bedrock for Generative AI – If I query a database, and it responds with machine-generated nonsense, why do I actually need the database? On the plus side this stands to save a boatload of money on database storage…

AWS Backup now supports restore testing for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Snapshots Archive – Huh; historically you had to use AWS Audit Manager to do this. While normally I’m not a fan of the "17 ways to run containers on AWS" pattern, in this case it’s absolutely something that the backup service should provide natively. Nice work!

Experience up to 40% faster stack creation with AWS CloudFormation – I really, really want to see some representative benchmarks comparing the new, improved CloudFormation speed with Terraform. Does anyone know where I can find such things?

AWS Cost Categories launches a revamped user interface – I like Cost Categories but it’s been an absolute bear to get started with. Hopefully this new interface changes things up a bit. I’m a bit busy this week so I haven’t had the chance to go diving into the changes yet…

How to Analyze Fastly Content Delivery Network Logs with Amazon QuickSight Powered by Generative BI – In a move that screams "we too have a BI tool", AWS figures out a new way to justify Quicksight’s existence by suggesting it as a means to analyze Fastly CDN logs. Because, as we all know, the top priority for Fastly’s post-outage autopsy is definitely going to be feeding log data into the underdog of AWS services.

Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku model is now available on Amazon Bedrock – It can write haiku / but they aren’t very good / magnetometer


I found a Stack Overflow (motto: "Closed as off-topic!") that reminded me that there are ways to achieve a Global Git ignore. How did I forget that?! My repos are about to get a lot less filled with irrelevant crap, instead only having the relevant crap that I call code.

… and that’s what happened Last Week in AWS.

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