Amazon RDS adds support for MySQL Versions 5.7.25, 5.7.24, and MariaDB Version 10.2.21

Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.7.25 and 5.7.24, and MariaDB minor version 10.2.21 in all AWS regions. These new minor versions include functionality improvements and fixes.

Refer the release notes for details:

Get started by launching a new Amazon RDS database instance or upgrading your current instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

Amazon EKS Introduces Kubernetes API Server Endpoint Access Control

You can now control access to the Kubernetes API server endpoint managed by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), so that traffic between Kubernetes worker nodes, the Kubectl command line tool, and the EKS-managed Kubernetes API server stays within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This allows you to isolate the Kubernetes control plane and worker nodes within your VPC, providing an additional layer of protection to harden clusters against malicious attack and accidental exposure.

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis 5.0.3 enhances I/O handling to boost performance

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds dynamic network processing to enhance I/O handling in Redis 5.0.3. By utilizing the extra CPU power available in nodes with four or more vCPUs, ElastiCache transparently delivers up to 83% increase in throughput and up to 47% reduction in latency per node. That is in addition to the significant performance improvements delivered late last year with the introduction of R5 and M5 instances on the service. You can now benefit from the enhanced I/O handling to further boost application performance and reduce costs.

Now You Can Query Based on Resource Configuration Properties in AWS Config

AWS Config now gives you the ability to run advanced queries based on resource configuration properties, making it easier to assess your resource configurations to help you meet compliance, cost, auditing, and security requirements. For example, using this query capability, you can retrieve a list of Amazon EC2 instances of a particular size, Amazon EBS volumes that are not attached to an Amazon EC2 instance, or resources that have encryption disabled.

Amazon EC2 z1d Instances are Now Available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 z1d instances are available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

AWS IoT Device Tester v1.1 is Now Available for AWS IoT Greengrass v1.8.0

AWS IoT Device Tester, a Windows/Linux/Mac test automation tool for connected devices, is now available for AWS IoT Greengrass 1.8.0. You can download the latest release here.

AWS Config Now Supports Tagging of AWS Config Resources

You can now assign tags to your AWS Config resources for cost allocation and access control. Tagging is available for AWS Config resources that describe AWS Config rules and multi-account, multi-region Aggregators with AWS Config. You can add, remove or list tags for your AWS Config resources using the available APIs.

Announcing the renewal command for AWS Certificate Manager

The renewal command invokes the workflow to renew any AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) certificate which has been generated by ACM. The private certificate can then be exported anywhere: to Amazon EC2 instances, containers, devices, or on-premises servers outside of AWS. The renewal command is for developers who want to test the managed renewal and deployment of their ACM Private CA certificates and validate end-to-end operations. Developers use ACM Private CA certificates to identify resources within an organization and establish secure encrypted communications channels with clients, servers, applications, services, devices, and users.

Amazon Rekognition Launches Enhanced Face Analysis

Amazon Rekognition provides a comprehensive set of face detection, analysis, and recognition features for image and video analysis. Today, we are launching accuracy enhancements to the face analysis features. This is the fifth model update overall since the service launched. Face analysis generates rich metadata about detected faces in the form of gender, age range, emotions, attributes such as ‘Smile’, ‘Eyeglasses’ and ‘Beard’, face pose, face image quality and face landmarks. With this release, we have improved the accuracy of gender identification, emotion detection (for all 7 supported emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and attributes such as ‘EyesOpen’. This release is particularly useful for customers who need to search and categorize large photo collections. For example, using face analysis, customers can easily find all photos that contain smiling people, or all photos with men who have beards and are wearing sunglasses.

Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers Now in Preview

Now available in preview, Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers help developers quickly create affordable game servers. Building a great multiplayer game experience on traditional commercial solutions has barriers that oftentimes deter game developers from building a multiplayer game. It can be time consuming, costly, and requires expertise that not all game developers may have.

Using new GameLift Realtime Servers, you can provide these multiplayer games with a game server that can be customized with just a few lines of JavaScript, and then scale to millions of players for a fraction of a penny per player per month.

To learn more, visit the Amazon GameLift product page or announcement blog post.

If you are interested in participating in the preview, sign up here.

AWS RoboMaker Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS RoboMaker. The SLA provides availability guarantees for AWS RoboMaker Simulation.

AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make AWS RoboMaker available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage, as described below, for each AWS region, during any monthly billing cycle (the “Service Commitment”). In the event AWS RoboMaker does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the AWS RoboMaker Service Level Agreement.

This SLA is now available in all regions where AWS RoboMaker is available. For more information on where AWS RoboMaker is available, see the AWS region table. Please visit the AWS RoboMaker product page to learn more.

Amazon WorkDocs Drive now supports offline content and offline search

Starting today, you can use WorkDocs Drive offline capabilities to access content even when you are not connected to the network. In addition you and your users can also find the content you need in both online and offline modes with Smart Search. WorkDocs Smart Search lets you query across content, comments, and document labels in addition to searching for files by name.

Introducing Amazon Chime Business Calling

Amazon Chime Business Calling lets you text or call to over 100 countries, directly from the Amazon Chime desktop, mobile, and web applications. Users place calls by dialing from the on-screen dial pad or by clicking on a Chime contact. Incoming calls will ring on all devices where a user is logged into Amazon Chime, and callers can leave a voicemail if there is no reply. There are no up-front payments or long-term commitments with Business Calling; customers pay for phone numbers, voice minutes, and text messages – with no additional seat fees.

Business Calling is easy to set up, and administrators can assign Business Calling features to individual Chime users as needed. Customers can purchase new telephone numbers, or port their existing numbers from their telecommunications provider.

This feature is available today in the US East (N. Virginia) region with support for United States telephone numbers.

To learn more about Business Calling, visit the Amazon Chime website. To start using Business Calling, log in to the Amazon Chime Console.


Introducing Amazon Chime Voice Connector

Amazon Chime now lets you place inexpensive, secure telephone calls to over 100 countries from your on-premises phone system, using your internet connection or AWS Direct Connect. You can choose to purchase low-cost inbound calling, outbound calling, or both. With Voice Connector, you can reduce your voice calling costs by up to 50% by eliminating fixed telephone network costs, and simplifying your voice network administration by transitioning it to AWS. You can send some or all of your traffic to Voice Connector, which lets you scale your usage up or down based on your business needs. Voice Connector has no upfront fees or long-term commitments, which means you pay only for the voice minutes and phone numbers you use. There is no charge for simultaneous voice conversations or encryption. Dialing into Chime meetings or placing calls to other Voice Connector customers is free of charge.

You can start using Voice Connector today by logging into the Amazon Chime console to purchase telephone numbers and provision Voice Connectors. The service communicates with your on-premises phone system using the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Calls are encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS) for SIP signaling and secure real-time transport protocol (SRTP) for voice media.

Voice Connector is available today in the US East (N. Virginia) region with support for United States telephone numbers.

To learn more about Voice Connector, visit the Amazon Chime website or to start using Voice Connector, log in to the Amazon Chime console.


Amazon Neptune Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Neptune. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Multi-AZ clusters available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage of at least 99.9% during any monthly billing cycle. In the event Neptune does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the SLA.

Now Available: New AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty Certification

AWS Training and Certification is excited to announce the availability of the AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty certification. The new AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty exam was created by AWS experts to help validate individuals who have the in depth skills required to build, deploy and tune data models and leverage AWS services to streamline this process at scale.

About the AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty Exam

The AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty exam is recommended for individuals who perform a Development, Advanced Analytics, or Data Science role and want to validate their ability to build, train, tune, and deploy machine learning (ML) models using the AWS Cloud. We recommend candidates have one or more years of hands-on experience using machine learning (ML) services related to AI/ML.

Next Steps
The exam is available in English and Japanese at testing centers worldwide for 300 USD.

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AWS IoT Greengrass Adds New Connector for AWS IoT Analytics, Support for AWS CloudFormation Templates, and Integration with Fleet Indexing

AWS IoT Greengrass now offers a new connector for AWS IoT Analytics and supports AWS CloudFormation templates. Now, you can quickly set up connections between your IoT Greengrass cores and AWS IoT Analytics for analysis of complex IoT data, and you can streamline IoT Greengrass deployments for one or more accounts using familiar CloudFormation templates.

Amazon Corretto 11 is Now Generally Available

Amazon Corretto 11, a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK 11, is now generally available. Previously Corretto 11 was available as a preview and then as a release candidate.

To learn more about using Amazon Corretto or to download the Corretto 11 please visit the Corretto homepage. You can also review the initial Amazon Corretto blog post for more information.

Amplify Framework Adds Enhancements to Authentication for iOS, Android, and React Native Developers

Starting today, the Amplify Framework includes support for OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code Grant flows in the native (iOS and Android) and React Native libraries. This enables developers to use any OAuth 2.0 compliant Identity Provider to authenticate their end users. Previously, developers had to use third-party libraries to achieve this use case, or write the logic by hand.

In addition, the new native and React Native libraries improve the developer experience for exchanging user tokens for AWS credentials by leveraging Amazon Cognito OAuth2 endpoint. This flow works with OAuth 2.0 Identity Providers, Social Identity Providers (such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google), OpenID Connect (OIDC), and SAML Identity Providers.

This release also provides simplified APIs for developer authenticated identities, device tracking features such as remember and forget device for Amazon Cognito User Pools, and a global sign-out capability for end users to sign-out from all active sessions.

To learn more about Amplify Framework, please visit our documentation. For more details about these features, refer to our blog post.

Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Now Supports Multi-Category Bounding Boxes and New UI Templates for Custom Workflows

Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth now supports multiple categories for the bounding box workflow and three new user interface (UI) templates for setting up custom labeling workflows.

Over 190 updates come to Lumberyard Beta 1.18 – Available Now

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.18, which features over 190 updates to help game developers create, organize, and better manage their content at scale.

AWS Systems Manager Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS Systems Manager, which provides availability guarantees for AWS Systems Manager.

Amazon SQS FIFO Queues Now Available in EU (Stockholm) Region and China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (First-In-First-Out) queues are now available in EU (Stockholm) and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. 

Dynamic Vegetation, Layers, and more come to Lumberyard Beta 1.18 – Available Now

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.18, which features over 190 updates to help game developers create, organize, and better manage their content at scale.

AWS Glue enables running Apache Spark SQL queries

AWS Glue Data Catalog is an Apache Hive Metastore compatible catalog. Starting today, customers can configure their AWS Glue jobs and development endpoints to use AWS Glue Data Catalog as an external Apache Hive Metastore. This allows them to directly run Apache Spark SQL queries against the tables stored in the AWS Glue Data Catalog.