AWS re:Invent 2017 Day 2 Recap: Getting Into the Swing of Things

AWS re:Invent is now in full swing and while we got off to a good start on day one, most if not all of the attendees have now arrived and the breakout sessions, keynotes and announcements this conference is famous for are all starting to flow.

With the second day of AWS re:Invent in the books, here’s a quick list of the key highlights from the jam-packed day:

The expo

After the pre-day activities on Monday, the expo hall formally opened on Tuesday, which was the first full day of the conference. This meant booth time for myself and other Rackspace employees (we’re at booth #640).

This year’s expo also includes a developer lounge where, if you’re lucky, you might run into Jeff Barr with his purple hair. There is also the AWS Village, content and demo theaters, and plenty of AWS partners and vendors. As you can see, it was crazy crowded and a lot of fun.

The announcements

While AWS CEO Andy Jassy’s keynote doesn’t hit until the third day of the conference, there were a few announcements of note that came out on Tuesday. Here’s a sampling:

Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

One announcement of particular interest is AWS’s announcement of EC2 bare metal instances. These instances allow direct access to the hardware of the instance while still retaining cloudy goodness like Elastic Load Balancing, Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, AutoRecovery, and many other cloud advantages. With direct access to hardware, AWS meets the needs of users needing access to lower level hardware features. Read more about bare metal instances here.

Amazon GuardDuty

During Tuesday night’s keynote Tuesday Night Live with Peter DeSantis, AWS also dropped this little gem in our laps — Amazon GaurdDuty. With a simple click to enable, it is now possible to turn on world-class monitoring backed by a multitude of public and AWS-generated data feeds and powered by machine learning. With this information, you’re able to build your own Lambda functions to remediate issues, triggered by GaurdDuty.

Well, I know it’s light but that’s about it for the second day of re:Invent. In a departure from year’s past, Andy Jassy will provide his keynote on the third day of the event and I’ll make sure and recap all of the new announcements that contains tomorrow. Until then!

Eric Johnson is the AWS Evangelist at Rackspace. He has been working with AWS technologies as a developer and an architect for the last six years. His passion for all things new in cloud technologies drive him to be a lifetime student and fanatical speaker on all things cloud.


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