Amazon re:Invent: 10 Innovative Cloud Services Debut at the Event

1 - Amazon re:Invent: 10 Innovative Cloud Services Debut at the Event
2 - CloudTrail Enables Cloud Auditing
3 - Virtual Desktops Come to the Cloud
4 - AppStream Enables Mobile Developers to Serve Resource-Intensive Apps
5 - Amazon Expands Test Drive Options for Cloud Apps
6 - The Open-Source PostgreSQL Database Comes to the Cloud
7 - C3 Instances Provide the Highest Processor Performance in the Amazon Cloud
8 - High I/O Performance Instances Set to Debut
9 - DynamoDB Adds Global Secondary Indexes for Query Acceleration
10 - Redshift Data Warehouse Gets Cross-Region Snapshot for Reliability
11 - Amazon Kinesis Provides Real-Time Processing for Streaming Data
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Amazon re:Invent: 10 Innovative Cloud Services Debut at the Event

by Sean Michael Kerner

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CloudTrail Enables Cloud Auditing

Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services, kicked off the re:Invent conference with the announcement of CloudTrail, a service that logs all the API calls that are made to AWS resources. That logging information is critical for auditing and compliance of cloud services.

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Virtual Desktops Come to the Cloud

The new Amazon WorkSpaces service brings virtual desktops into the cloud in a move to provide greater efficiency. "The ability to centrally manage desktops makes it much easier to manage them," Jassy said.

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AppStream Enables Mobile Developers to Serve Resource-Intensive Apps

During his keynote, Jassy announced the new AppStream service, a flexible interactive cloud-powered streaming service that can be enabled for any device.

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Amazon Expands Test Drive Options for Cloud Apps

The AWS Test Drive program lets prospective cloud users try out apps running in the cloud for free. At re:Invent, Amazon expanded the offering with 30 new Test Drive apps options with new solutions from Oracle, Microsoft, Infor, Sophos, Accenture, MicroStrategy and Splunk.

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The Open-Source PostgreSQL Database Comes to the Cloud

During his keynote address, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels triumphantly announced that, after many customer requests, the open-source PostgreSQL database is now supported on the AWS Cloud Relational Database Service (RDS).

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C3 Instances Provide the Highest Processor Performance in the Amazon Cloud

The new C3 virtual server instances are intended for compute-intensive workloads and leverage Intel Xeon E5-2680v2 Ivy Bridge processors.

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High I/O Performance Instances Set to Debut

In addition to the C3 instances, Vogels announced the upcoming debut of the I2 instance type, which is intended for high-performance random I/O operations. Amazon is targeting the I2 instances to serve transactional system workloads, including NoSQL databases.

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DynamoDB Adds Global Secondary Indexes for Query Acceleration

Amazon's DynamoDB NoSQL database is getting faster with the addition of global secondary indexes. Vogels explained that the new feature will speed up all types of searches that mobile apps make in the cloud.

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Redshift Data Warehouse Gets Cross-Region Snapshot for Reliability

The Amazon Redshift data warehouse service is getting a major reliability boost with the introduction of cross-region snapshots. The new functionality will enable administrators to put their data in multiple geographic locations to help provide another layer of backup and disaster recovery for users.

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Amazon Kinesis Provides Real-Time Processing for Streaming Data

Vogels' final announcement of the re:Invent 2013 conference was the debut of the Kinesis managed data streaming service. Kinesis could help to enable the Internet of things era by connecting sensor data from the physical world with the cloud-based processing engine.

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