AWS CloudHSM is now available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region

CloudHSM provides fully managed hardware security module (HSM) instances in the AWS Cloud. With CloudHSM, you can manage and use your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. Applications can be built using using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11, Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE) and Windows Cryptography API: Next Generation (CNG).   With … Read moreAWS CloudHSM is now available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region

Install a Kafka Cluster on Ubuntu in AWS

Build Real-Time Data Capability Through a Kafka Message Backbone in AWS Kafka is being used by tens of thousands of organizations, including over a third of the Fortune 500 companies. These companies include the top ten travel companies, 7 of the top ten banks, 8 of the top ten insurance companies, 9 of the top … Read moreInstall a Kafka Cluster on Ubuntu in AWS

Amazon Lex Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

Amazon Lex is now a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant service.  Customers can now use Amazon Lex to capture, transmit, and retrieve sensitive payment card data for use cases such as payment processing, and mobile wallet that are subject to PCI DSS compliance.  PCI DSS is a proprietary information security standard … Read moreAmazon Lex Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

Amazon Chime now supports screen sharing from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without a plug-in or extension

Amazon Chime users can now screen share from Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome without installing any extensions or downloading a plug-in on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS desktop devices. Chime now leverages the Web APIs available in Mozilla Firefox version 66 and higher or Google Chrome version 72 and higher to deliver native … Read moreAmazon Chime now supports screen sharing from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without a plug-in or extension

Amazon EC2 Instances are Now Available in South America (Sao Paulo)

The 3 new C5 instance sizes are powered by custom 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (based on the Cascade Lake architecture) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz and maximum single core turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz. C5 instances are optimized for compute-intensive workloads and deliver cost-effective high performance at a low price … Read moreAmazon EC2 Instances are Now Available in South America (Sao Paulo)

AWS Resource Groups and Tag Editor Are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Starting today, you can use AWS Resource Groups and Tag Editor in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. AWS Resource Groups makes it easier to manage and automate tasks on large numbers of AWS resources. AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor allows you to add tags to, edit, or delete tags on multiple AWS resources at once. … Read moreAWS Resource Groups and Tag Editor Are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

AWS Glue now provides ability to use custom certificates for JDBC Connections

Starting today, you can now use custom certificates in AWS Glue when using JDBC connections to connect to your data sources from Glue ETL jobs and crawlers. You may decide to use custom certificates because you already obtained a certificate from a third-party issuer, or because the default certificates supported by AWS Glue do not … Read moreAWS Glue now provides ability to use custom certificates for JDBC Connections

AWS Firewall Manager now supports management of Amazon VPC security groups

A security group acts as a virtual firewall for your instance to control inbound and outbound traffic. As customers scale up their number of instances and accounts, security administrators find it difficult to maintain a central view of their security posture across their entire organization. With AWS Firewall Manager support for security groups, administrators now … Read moreAWS Firewall Manager now supports management of Amazon VPC security groups

Amazon Route 53 Resolver Endpoints for Hybrid Cloud Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) service. Amazon Route 53 Resolver endpoints make hybrid cloud configurations easier to manage by enabling seamless DNS query resolution across your entire hybrid cloud. Create DNS endpoints and conditional forwarding rules to allow resolution of DNS namespaces between your on-premises data … Read moreAmazon Route 53 Resolver Endpoints for Hybrid Cloud Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Amazon ElastiCache launches self-service updates for Memcached and Redis Cache Clusters

When service updates applicable to your Memcached or Redis clusters become available, we will notify you via multiple channels including ElastiCache console, Emails, Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), AWS Personal Health Dashboard (PHD) and Amazon CloudWatch Events. You can start using self-service updates via the ‘Service Updates’ page in the Amazon ElastiCache console, AWS ElastiCache … Read moreAmazon ElastiCache launches self-service updates for Memcached and Redis Cache Clusters

Amazon ECS adds support for G4 Instance type

G4 instances are optimized for machine learning application deployments (inference), such as image classification, object detection, recommendation engines, automated speech recognition, and language translation that need access to low level GPU software libraries. G4 instances are supported with the Amazon ECS GPU-optimized AMI Version 20190913 and higher.  To get started with adding a GPU instance … Read moreAmazon ECS adds support for G4 Instance type

AWS Direct Connect Announces Resiliency Toolkit to Help Customers Order Resilient Connectivity to AWS

The following resiliency models are available: Maximum Resiliency: This model provides you a way to order Dedicated connection to achieve a SLA of 99.99% after you meet all the requirements for achieving the SLA listed here. High Resiliency: This model provides you a way to order Dedicated connection to achieve a SLA of 99.9% after … Read moreAWS Direct Connect Announces Resiliency Toolkit to Help Customers Order Resilient Connectivity to AWS

Amazon Cognito Increases CloudFormation Support

Amazon Cognito has increased support for AWS CloudFormation. This new support includes the ability to securely and automatically configure a hosted UI domain, configure customization for a hosted UI, configure an IdentityProvider, configure the behavior of advanced security features and configure resource servers, all directly within CloudFormation. Favorite

Virtual Machines for TensorFlow 2.0

Why risk your current workstation tool chain when you can try first? Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Since TensorFlow 2.0 is now available, and a period of hectic business travel appears to have passed, I got to thinking about getting back to machine learning, software engineering, and doing what I would do if I … Read moreVirtual Machines for TensorFlow 2.0

AWS Backup Enhances SNS Notifications to filter on job status

AWS Backup offers a centralized, managed service to back up data across AWS services in the cloud and on premises using Storage Gateway. AWS Backup serves as a single dashboard for backup, restore, and policy-based retention of different AWS resources, including Amazon EBS volumes, Amazon RDS databases, Amazon DynamoDB tables, Amazon EFS file systems, and … Read moreAWS Backup Enhances SNS Notifications to filter on job status

Introducing Amazon SageMaker ml.p3dn.24xlarge instances, optimized for distributed machine learning with up to 4x the network bandwidth of ml.p3.16xlarge instances

The ml.p3dn.24xlarge instances provide up to 100 Gbps of networking throughput, 96 custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable (Skylake) vCPUs, 8 NVIDIA® V100 Tensor Core GPUs with 32 GB of memory each, 300 GB/s NVLINK GPU interconnect, and 1.8 TB of local NVMe-based SSD storage. Compared to the next largest P3 instance, the 4X increase in network … Read moreIntroducing Amazon SageMaker ml.p3dn.24xlarge instances, optimized for distributed machine learning with up to 4x the network bandwidth of ml.p3.16xlarge instances

Amazon EventBridge is now available in AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region

Amazon EventBridge is a serverless event bus that delivers a stream of real-time data from event sources, including SaaS applications like Zendesk, Datadog, and Pagerduty, and routes that data to targets like AWS Lambda. You can set up routing rules to determine where to send your data to build application architectures that react in real … Read moreAmazon EventBridge is now available in AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region

Amazon Elasticsearch Service provides option to mandate HTTPS

The require HTTPS configuration is now available for Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains across 21 regions globally: US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon, N. California), AWS GovCloud (US-Gov-East, US-Gov-West), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Ireland, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Hong Kong), and China (Beijing – … Read moreAmazon Elasticsearch Service provides option to mandate HTTPS

Parquet conversion in AWS using Airflow (Part 2)

In this post, we will deep dive into the custom Airflow operators and see how to easily handle the parquet conversion in Airflow. If you are on AWS there are primarily three ways by which you can convert the data in Redshift/S3 into parquet file format: Using Pyarrow which might take a bit of time … Read moreParquet conversion in AWS using Airflow (Part 2)

Amazon Elastic Container Service now supports IntelliSense in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a popular editor among developers using containers and open source technologies. We aim to improve the productivity of developers using these tools at the beginning of the development life cycle. IntelliSense for Amazon ECS offers auto completion, flagging errors and missing required properties in creating task definitions. Along with IntelliSense for … Read moreAmazon Elastic Container Service now supports IntelliSense in Visual Studio Code

AWS Direct Connect Support for AWS Transit Gateway is now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

AWS Direct Connect gateway allows you to access any AWS Region (except China) using your AWS Direct Connect connections. You can associate up to three Transit Gateways from any AWS Region with each Direct Connect gateway. AWS Direct Connect is introducing a new type of virtual interface called the transit virtual interface to support connectivity … Read moreAWS Direct Connect Support for AWS Transit Gateway is now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

New Quick Starts deploy JFrog Artifactory on AWS

Three new Quick Starts deploy JFrog Artifactory on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 30-45 minutes. The available options for deployment use your choice of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS). Favorite

AWS IoT Core Introduces Beta Feature To Simplify Device Certificate Registration

AWS IoT is announcing a new feature for AWS IoT Core called “Multi-Account Registration,” which is now available in beta. The new feature allows customers to quickly move devices between their AWS accounts by specifying the account information when the device connects to AWS IoT Core. Customers opting to use this feature will use Server … Read moreAWS IoT Core Introduces Beta Feature To Simplify Device Certificate Registration

Amazon ECS supports Automated Draining for Spot Instances running ECS Services

Automated Spot Instance Draining will automatically place Spot instances in “DRAINING” state upon the receipt of two minute interruption notice. ECS tasks running on Spot instances will automatically be triggered for shutdown before the instance terminates and replacement tasks will be scheduled elsewhere on the cluster. No new ECS service tasks will be started on … Read moreAmazon ECS supports Automated Draining for Spot Instances running ECS Services

AWS Cloud Map Available in Three Additional AWS Regions

AWS Cloud Map is a cloud resource discovery service. With AWS Cloud Map, you can define custom names for your application resources, such as Amazon ECS tasks, Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon DynamoDB tables, Amazon SQS queues, or any other cloud resource. You can then use these custom names to discover the location … Read moreAWS Cloud Map Available in Three Additional AWS Regions

Analyzing historical speeches using Amazon Transcribe and Comprehend

To follow this tutorial you need the following: A) Python3 with the following libraries installed: boto3, pandas, matplotlib, seaborn, spacy, and wmd. B) An active account on AWS; C) AWS command-line interface (awscli) installed and configured; D) Youtube-DL installed. IMPORTANT NOTE To increase readability and comprehension of this article I decided to show only the … Read moreAnalyzing historical speeches using Amazon Transcribe and Comprehend

Amazon Aurora Serverless PostgreSQL Now Supports Data API

The Data API enables you to focus on building your applications without worrying about managing database connections or connection pools. Instead, you can issue SQL commands against an Aurora Serverless cluster by simply invoking a HTTPS API endpoint provided by the Data API. The Data API takes care of managing database connections and returning data. … Read moreAmazon Aurora Serverless PostgreSQL Now Supports Data API

AWS Lambda Now Supports Custom Batch Window for Kinesis and DynamoDB Event Sources

Lambda reads records from a stream at a fixed cadence (e.g. once per second for Kinesis data streams) and invokes a function with a batch of records. Batch Window allows you to wait as long as 300s to build a batch before invoking a function. Now, a function is invoked when one of the following … Read moreAWS Lambda Now Supports Custom Batch Window for Kinesis and DynamoDB Event Sources

How to get started with AWS AI Services

Before getting into the details of implementation, we need to decide on the overall architecture. That is, we need to answer two questions: What services do we need to make it work? How do they interact with each other? Let’s start with the first question. Part 1: Select the appropriate Building Blocks To keep things … Read moreHow to get started with AWS AI Services

Introducing new Amazon EC2 Windows Server AMIs for DISA STIG compliance

Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) are the configuration standards created by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) that provide guidance on how to secure software and information systems. To make your systems STIG-compliant, you must install, configure, and test a variety of security settings. With this launch, you can use the new Windows Server AMIs … Read moreIntroducing new Amazon EC2 Windows Server AMIs for DISA STIG compliance

Amazon Redshift announces automatic workload management and query priorities

Amazon Redshift now makes it easy to maximize query throughput and get consistent performance for your most demanding analytics workloads. Automatic workload management (WLM) uses machine learning to dynamically manage memory and concurrency helping maximize query throughput. In addition, you can now easily set the priority of your most important queries, even when hundreds of … Read moreAmazon Redshift announces automatic workload management and query priorities

Introducing Amazon EC2 G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications

Amazon EC2 G4 instances deliver the industry’s most cost-effective GPU platform for deploying machine learning models in production and graphics-intensive applications. G4 instances provide the latest generation NVIDIA T4 Tensore Core GPUs, AWS custom second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors, up to 50 Gbps of networking throughput, and up to 900 GB of … Read moreIntroducing Amazon EC2 G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications

Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Shenzhen, China

Details: Amazon CloudFront announces the launch of a new CloudFront Edge (POP) location in Shenzhen, China. With this new POP operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data Co. Ltd. (NWCD), CloudFront has 4 POPs in 4 cities across China. With this launch, viewers in Shenzhen would see an improvement of 62% in average latency when accessing … Read moreAmazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Shenzhen, China

Amazon API Gateway Simplifies Invoking Private APIs

Amazon API Gateway simplifies accessing private APIs by allowing you to associate one or more Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Endpoints to a private API. API Gateway will create and manage Route53 alias records necessary for easily invoking the Private APIs. With this feature, you can leverage Private APIs in web applications hosted within your … Read moreAmazon API Gateway Simplifies Invoking Private APIs

Amazon Elastic Inference Now Available In Amazon ECS Tasks

With Amazon Elastic Inference support in ECS, you can now choose the task CPU and memory configuration that is best suited to the needs of your application, and then separately configure the amount of inference acceleration that you need with no code changes. This allows you to use resources efficiently and to reduce the cost … Read moreAmazon Elastic Inference Now Available In Amazon ECS Tasks

Solving My Wife’s Problem ‘What Should I Wear Today?’ With AI

Next problem to solve is, to only trigger the capture when the person is near the door area, which may indicates an intent to exit the house. While, an example footage below shows a false positive detection where a person is simply walking pass from front living room towards dining room. False Positive Detection Looking … Read moreSolving My Wife’s Problem ‘What Should I Wear Today?’ With AI

Automating Machine Learning Models on AWS

Using AWS Lambda, S3 and EC2 Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash Working as a Research Assistant under Professor Gordon Gao, at the University of Maryland, I have had the opportunity to combine both my Data Engineering and Science interests to automate machine learning models in the cloud. Assisting one of Professor Gao’s Phd fellows, … Read moreAutomating Machine Learning Models on AWS

AWS Storage Gateway adds Amazon CloudWatch logging and metrics for File Gateway

File Gateway provides on-premises applications with file-based, cached access to virtually unlimited cloud storage. With this launch, you can configure Amazon CloudWatch Logging to log configuration errors, such as insufficient bucket access privileges, or when applications use the gateway to access files that have transitioned to long-term Amazon S3 storage classes. You can subscribe to … Read moreAWS Storage Gateway adds Amazon CloudWatch logging and metrics for File Gateway

AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports HEVC and 4K/UHD Outputs for Live Channels

Encoding with HEVC offers a number of advantages. While UHD video requires an advanced codec beyond H.264 (AVC), high frame rate (HFR) or High Dynamic Range (HDR) content in HD also benefit from HEVC’s advancements. In addition, benefits can be achieved with HD and SD content even if HDR and HFR are not needed. HEVC … Read moreAWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports HEVC and 4K/UHD Outputs for Live Channels

AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports Stale Manifest Deletion

AWS Elemental MediaStore is a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live streaming media combined with the security and durability AWS offers across its services. MediaStore offers an inexpensive method for pass-through and low-latency segmented video content delivery, with pay-as-you-go pricing. The service … Read moreAWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports Stale Manifest Deletion

Train and deploy the Mighty Transformer NLP models using FastBert and AWS SageMaker

In my earlier introduction to FastBert, I described it as a library that will allow developers and data scientists to train and deploy BERT based models for NLP tasks beginning with Text Classification. The scope of BERT (read Transformers) based models have widened a bit since I wrote my earlier blog and includes BERT, XLNet, … Read moreTrain and deploy the Mighty Transformer NLP models using FastBert and AWS SageMaker

NXP i.MX-RT1060, i.MX-RT1050, and Kinetis K64 are Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

NXP development boards running Amazon FreeRTOS enable devices to easily and securely connect to AWS IoT Core or to edge devices running AWS IoT Greengrass. You can learn more and get started by downloading Amazon FreeRTOS source code for these boards using the links below. 1. MIMXRT1060-EVK: based on i.MX RT1060 Crossover Processor with Arm® … Read moreNXP i.MX-RT1060, i.MX-RT1050, and Kinetis K64 are Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

AWS App Mesh now supports retry policies

AWS App Mesh now supports adding retries to traffic between services. With this feature, you can add resilience to your application with essentially no change to application code. This is useful in applications where failed requests can be retried without any negative consequences, shielding users from transient issues  Favorite