5 Things you need to know about Amazon’s cloud announcements

A new cloud-based File System, new container features and a virtual desktops get a boost


Amazon Web Services held a summit today in San Francisco where it announced a handful of new features for its IaaS cloud.

News included:

  • Amazon Machine Learning

This is a new product for AWS that allows users to import data from other AWS storage products – like S3, RedShift and RDS – and create visual representations of the data, including predictive modeling.

More information: Amazon Machine Learning

  • Amazon Elastic File System

Another new product for AWS, this one is a complement to the company’s other storage services (S3, Glacier, EBS) but is made specifically as an enterprise file system. It uses the NSFv4 protocol and is based on an SSD-backed platform.

More information Amazon Elastic File System

  • General Availability of AWS Lambda

AWS announced Lambda at the re:Invent conference last fall and today made the product generally available. Lambda is an event-driven computing platform. It can be setup so that when an event happens, it triggers an action.

More information: AWS Lambda

  • General Availability of EC2 Container Service

Another service announced at re:Invent became GA today: the EC2 Container Service. This allows users to spin up containers on AWS’s virtual machine service, and new features announced today will automatically schedule and manage the containers. Read more analysis of this news here, including what it means for competitor Google.

More information: Amazon Elastic Container Service

  • Amazon Desktop Apps Marketplace and Workspaces Application Manager

AWS said today that one of its most popular and fastest-growing services is Workspaces, which provides cloud-based virtual desktops-as-a-service. The Workspaces product family got a boost today with two new services: AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps and Workspaces Application Manager. The Marketplace is a new landing spot for applications that are designed specifically to run on Workspaces, while the Application Manager is a tool for managers to more easily package and deliver applications on to Workspace desktops.

More information: AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps and Amazon Workspaces Application Manager

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