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Since my last email, folks have collectively donated tens of thousands of dollars to support racial justice. You really are the best audience in the world. Obviously this is only a start. More to come in the coming weeks…

Last week Slack announced that they’re partnering with Amazon Chime of all things to power their meetings going forward. I asked the GM of Amazon Chime what the hell was going on in a podcast.

From the Community

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I love the idea of misusing Lambda; the idea that doing so leads to a data store that’s faster than DynamoDB is just gorgeous.

This older post on Dumb Security Questionnaires explains why every compliance form you have to fill out is terrible.

A curious dive into using a subdomain takeover pattern on S3.

I’ll be joining AWS for some kind of web streaming video thing next week; go ahead and register if you enjoy sarcasm, pain, and me inflicting both of those things upon high level AWS VPs who have no earthly idea who I am or what they’re in for.

I love how Polyverse’s “WordPress on ECS/Fargate” blog post takes the time to dunk on AWS’s WordPress reference architecture.

There’s now a Lambda runtime for Swift, a language only used on your iPhone, for AWS Lambda, which runs only in AWS environments. How… useful.

In lighter news, AWS apparently posted a blog post promotion to Twitter featuring a watermarked iStock photo. I’m not sure that this is the best expression of frugality, but you do you.

Matt Weagle has (taken a role)

at AWS. He’s amazing; I look forward to hearing what his new adventures in Serverless look like.Similarly, AWS has acquired swyx / Shawn Wang as a developer advocate.

An stack of S3 Bucket Negligence awards goes to TVSmiles, Joomla, 8Belts, and one more that I’ll get into down below in the tools section of this issue.

Ugh. When a specific AWS employee says or does something I don’t agree with, calling them out personally is generally punching down. This guy has a bigger platform, and would ideally demonstrate correspondingly more empathy.


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Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Global Database Supports Managed Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – The RTO of course remains fixed at “however long it takes the snapshot to finish restoring.”

Amazon Redshift now delivers better cold query performance by significantly improving compilation times – Today I learned that you can compile SQL queries. Now that I know that, I’m about to go learn whether you can flavor cheap vodka with coffee.

Amazon SageMaker Components for Kubeflow Pipelines – Right now VC investments are down across the board due to the economic climate. Amazon could not possibly have picked a worse time to smash machine learning together with Kubernetes.

Announcing Cross-Cluster Search support for Amazon Elasticsearch Service – Declaring success on having made Elasticsearch easy and fun to maintain, Amazon decides to ramp up the complexity. ChaosSearch weeps for the souls of the Amazonians.

Announcing the General Availability of Amazon EC2 G4dn Bare Metal Instances – GPU instances with up to 8 NVIDIA T4 GPUs – And of course, a g4dn.12xlarge has 4 GPUs while a g4dn.16xlarge has 1 GPU because OH MY GOD AMAZON ARE YOU KIDDING ME

Announcing storage controls for schemas in Amazon Redshift – In a withering blow to their quarterly revenue, you can now restrict the amount of disk space used by a schema in Amazon Redshift.

AWS Data Migration Service now supports copying graph data from relational sources to Amazon Neptune – Yet for some reason you’re charged as if it were copying graph data from relational sources to the planet Neptune.

AWS DeepComposer announces autoregressive CNN algorithm for generating compositions and an associated learning capsule to understand the machine learning concepts – The AI has apparently broken free and begun writing AWS release headlines.

AWS Direct Connect enables Failover Testing – This is part of their Resiliency Toolkit. Think of it as AWS extending Chaos Engineering principles beyond the crapshoot of running in the Bad AZ of us-east-1.

AWS Systems Manager Explorer now adds support for a delegated administrator account to view operational data across multiple accounts and regions – Ooh, this is interesting. You can leverage Organizations without having to log into the master account for one less thing. At this blistering pace we’ll be able to delegate everything by 2040.

Database Activity Streams now available for Aurora with MySQL compatibility – It’s 10 o’clock; do you know what your database is doing? Of course you don’t, but with this enhancement you can pretend like you do when asked by regulators.

Introducing AWS CloudEndure Migration Factory Solution – “CloudEndure Migration Factory” is probably the most scathing on-the-nose name to come out of AWS in the past year. It’s PERFECT!

Real-time anomaly detection support in Amazon Elasticsearch Service – Detecting anomalies is harder than it sounds. This feature starts with detecting “you’re using Amazon Elasticsearch on purpose.”

Tighten S3 permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of S3 actions – “Hey, this is the only set of permissions this role has used” is super handy! Now I want something kind of aligned: “I give a resource an open policy (in a test environment). I put it through everything that resource will do. Automatically build an IAM policy for it to do those things and nothing else.”

New – Amazon EC2 C5a Instances Powered By 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors | AWS News Blog – “They’re 10% less expensive” is the only official word on benchmarks. I’m not sure whether I should root for AMD or Intel here; it’s going to come down to who has the bigger booth at the next conference I attend.


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The US President’s birthday is apparently a thing, and his reelection campaign put up a website for supporters to upload videos wishing him well. Originally the S3 bucket was unsecured, but they fixed that. Now you can use this command line tool to upload your well wishes in bulk to a place where they’re charged by the gigabyte.

Spot Cost shows a much more accessible view of Spot instance pricing and its associated trends.

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

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