1Amazon’s AWS Summit Accelerates Cloud Services
by Sean Michael Kerner
2Werner Vogels Takes the Stage
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels led the AWS Summit event in New York City, detailing use cases for the cloud and announcing new services.
3AWS Has Over 1 Million Active Users
The cloud isn’t just a buzzword for Amazon; it’s a real business that Vogels said has more than 1 million active users today.
4Six Key Trends Are Driving the Cloud
Vogels sees six trends as being pivotal to cloud adoption: speed, focus, removing the need for servers, security, mobility and data usage.
5Amazon Has Multiple Cloud Security Services
In Vogels’ view, the cloud can be a more secure deployment target for applications than on-premises deployment. His view is backed by multiple AWS services for security, including identity and access management, auditing with CloudTrail and the security key management service.
6Oscar Insurance Relies on AWS for Security
To prove his point on cloud security, Vogels brought Mackenzie Kosut, head of technical operations at Oscar Insurance, on stage to describe how the health insurance company uses AWS to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.
7AWS Debuts Mobile Device Farm
To assist mobile application development in the cloud, Vogels announced that Amazon is launching the AWS Device Farm, a service that enables developers to test code on a large selection of mobile devices.
8APIs Get a New Cloud Gateway
The basic building block for many native cloud applications is an API that can then be consumed in the application to provide information or services. Vogels announced the new Amazon API Gateway as a new “front door” that provides a secure back-end service for developers to publish, maintain and monitor APIs at scale.
9Cloud Costs Get a New Forecast
One of the key drivers for organizations to move to the cloud is lower costs. With the new Amazon Forecasts service, organizations can now budget and get a forecast of their cloud costs.