7 Takeaways From AWS re:Invent 2019 – HeleCloud

Early this month, members of the HeleCloud team set off to Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent 2019. With over 65,000 attendees, the conference saw AWS’ total number of services rise to 175.

We knew we were in for a full week of announcements when AWS CEO, Andy Jassy, proclaimed that he would need each minute of three-hour keynote to ensure all new services and features could be covered.

And it certainly didn’t disappoint. The keynote highlighted some new and exciting services as well as interesting customer trends from the likes of financial services company, Goldman Sachs, and life sciences firm, Cerner.

The vast array of sessions on offer at AWS re:Invent 2019, coupled with the workshops available, meant that it was a fantastic opportunity for customers and partners to learn more AWS and the services available.

Here are the team’s key takeaways from this year’s conference:

Walter Heck, CTO Netherlands

“The Executive Security Simulation workshop was an example of an interesting extra that was part of the executive summit. In this workshop we ran through two years of a fictional hospital group that was moving to the Cloud while expanding aggressively. We were put through our paces acting as the CISO for this company. Each team needed to make choices on where to invest budget, then specific scripted events had an impact on what your outcomes would be.

Deepak Velani, Cloud Consultant​

“While attending the AWS KMS session, I learnt about a new feature that can provide Asymmetric keys, which can be used for various purposes including encryption and digital signature verification. It was helpful to understand how this is beneficial to companies who have customers that are not on AWS and the public key can be given to them to verify the signature and use it for encryption. The private keys stay in AWS KMS, which provides confidentiality and integrity capabilities, something that our customers would be able to benefit from and allow them to extend their usage of AWS KMS.”

Ivaylo Vrabchev, Head of Professional Services

“I was most excited to hear how Access Analyzer will eliminate the overhead for all AWS customers to intermittent manual checks in order to catch issues with access policies across their AWS environment. Using that amazing new feature, customers can proactively address any resource policies that are not aligned with the company and/or compliance standards. Access Analyzer increases the visibility for access management by reporting its finding into AWS Security Hub.”

Aleksandar Boyadzhiev, Cloud Automation Engineer

“It was interesting to see AWS DeepComposer, part of the Deep Family, which uses AI to train patterns and analyzes big volumes of music to write music. This sparked an interesting thought: If we can teach the AI to create art, is it AI anymore? Another interesting question for me was: If the music composure is mathematically and pattern flawlessly, does the newly created music has a soul? Lots to think about!”

Wim Bonthuis, DevOps Consultant

“Hearing about AWS Wavelength was the most interesting feature announced. It provides the ability to move computing closer to the edge of the network. Some of the use-cases for Wavelength include the ability to stream games with very high computing power behind it. We heard from CTO ID Software, Robert Duffy about how moving computing power to the edge will provide game developers with a huge leap forward. By using clustered computing capabilities instead of commodity hardware provides unlimited capabilities for the next generation of gaming, which will move towards streaming over 5G in a cloud-native fashion.”

Angel Marinov, Cloud Consultant

“For me, one of the most interesting announcements was the new Access Analyzer for IAM and S3, which makes life easier of security and admin teams. This feature is intended to continuously monitor, comprehensively analyze, and gain certainty for cross-account access controls. All backed by math algorithms using automated reasoning. This feature is just a couple of clicks away from every AWS customer. At the summit, AWS also announced a new feature in S3 service that simplifies managing shared data. With S3 access points, AWS customers can easily create a number of S3 Access Points, each with its own permissions. Using S3 Access Points AWS customers no longer have to worry about managing access through a single bucket policy that spans dozens or hundreds of use cases.”

Dob Todorov, CEO & Chief Cloud Officer

AWS marked its entry into the quantum computing space with the launch of Amazon Bracket. The service allows customers to design their own quantum algorithms from scratch or choose from a set of pre-built algorithms. The service will help businesses manage classical compute resources and establish low-latency connections of the quantum hardware that gives customers the opportunity to explore, evaluate and build expertise for the future. We’ve seen all the major players enter this space, and while it’s still early days.”