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So last week I had a chance to attend AWS re:invent, which is AWS and Amazon’s major educational event. This was their 5th year for the event and it was huge to say the least. 43,000 attendees actually physically there in Las Vegas.

Live broadcast on day one of the Expo.

SAP was of course there as well, we had a small booth along with several SAP partner companies in their Expo area.

We were there to talk to attendees, engage folks about SAP and the multi-cloud strategy and of course engage with various partners of ours there in shared experiences and knowledge. I was also lucky enough to get to attend several sessions and learn about several of the huge number of announcements they had this year.

I even found a Kegerator out there in the masses 🙂

Some of the highlights were of course being able to learn hands on with several of the new products, services and new things they announced.

Personal favorites were:

Amazon Sumerian 

Amazon Sumerian lets you create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. With Sumerian, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes that run on popular hardware such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and iOS mobile devices. Learn More »

Alexa for Business

Alexa for Business is an AWS service that makes it easy for you to empower your organization with Alexa by giving your employees their own intelligent assistant for work. Alexa for Business gives you the tools to manage Alexa for your organization – at scale. Learn More »

Amazon EC2 M5 Instances

Amazon EC2 M5 Instances are the next-generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances and are ideal for workloads such as web and application servers, back end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, as well as for app development environments. M5 instances are based on the new lightweight Nitro Hypervisor which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your instances. Learn More »

Amazon EC2 H1 Instances

Amazon EC2 H1 instances are a new generation of Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized instances designed for applications that require low cost, high disk throughput and high sequential disk I/O access to very large data sets. H1 instances offer the best price/performance in the magnetic disk storage EC2 instance family. They are ideal for H1 data-intensive workloads, distributed file systems, log or data processing applications and big data workload clusters. Learn More »

New Deployment Options for AWS Lambda Functions

You can now shift incoming traffic between two AWS Lambda function versions based on pre-assigned weights. This allows you to gradually shift traffic between two versions, helping you reduce the risk and limit the blast radius of new Lambda deployments. You can now also use AWS CodeDeploy to automatically manage the rollout of new function versions. Learn More »

AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions

You can now allocate 3,008MB of memory to your AWS Lambda functions. Previously, the maximum amount of memory available to your functions was 1,536MB. Now, it’s easier to process workloads with higher memory or denser compute requirements, such as big data analysis, large file processing, and statistical computations. Learn More »

AWS Cloud9

AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser. It includes a code editor, debugger, and terminal. Learn More »

Support for Serverless Deployments in AWS CodeDeploy

You can now use AWS CodeDeploy to deploy AWS Lambda functions. CodeDeploy helps you automate the testing, rollout and, if necessary, rollback of Lambda functions. This will help you reduce risks associated with updating Lambda functions. Learn More »

AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions

You can now log the execution activity of your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail Lambda data events. Previously, you could only log Lambda management events, which provide information on when and by whom a function was created, modified, or deleted. Now, you can also record Lambda data events and get additional details on when and by whom an Invoke API call was made and which Lambda function was executed. Learn More »

Probably the most interesting thing for me though was the time I spent with other evangelists and experts from AWS and the discussions we had about areas we wanted to explore between SAP and AWS technologies. Out our own SAP TechEd were we had a joint demo from AWS and SAP we begin planning out activities and ideas for 2018!

I think 2018 will be a great year!

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