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What’s New at AWS: Spring & Summer Launches You Need to Know ​

For the 10th consecutive year, Gartner has just recently named Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Leader in their Infrastructure & Platform Services Magic Quadrant— and with good reason. AWS is constantly innovating and releasing new technologies when it comes to cloud services, enhancing customer experience and facilitating organizational growth.  

With the continuous release of new features and services it can be difficult to keep up with this pace of innovation. To help cut through the clutter, we asked EagleDream’s 3 AWS Partner Network Ambassadors to outline which recent announcements will really move the needle for our customers. Take a look below:  

EagleDream’s Top Highlights

After reviewing some of the latest announcements, capability improvements, and launches, here are 3 Key Updates our AWS Ambassadors want you to know:  

1. Meet the Smallest Member of the Snow Family: AWS Snowcone

In early June, Amazon Web Services announced the release of AWS Snowcone, the smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of edge computing, edge storage, and data transfer devices. Much like its former Snowball counterparts, the AWS Snowcone is a secure, physical device equipped with 2 vCPUs and 4 GB of RAM that can be used to transfer large amounts of data to AWS (up to 8 terabytes on one device) without the need for an internet connection.  

The Snowcone also provides edge computing and data analysis capabilities suited for remote locations where connectivity is limited. For those locations where internet connectivity is an option, the Snowcone can also be used to transfer large amounts of data to AWS over the Internet by using the pre-loaded AWS DataSync agent. 

Principal Cloud Solutions Architect Justin Guse outlined his thoughts and his experience using Snowcone in his latest review: “Using the AWS Snowcone to move my data to AWS S3 was an exceedingly effortless process. AWS has made moving data into the cloud even easier which would be a no-brainer for businesses looking to move large quantities of data, especially if scaling up an internet circuit is not an option.” 

Check out AWS’s press release on Snowcone here. Learn more about AWS Snowcone in our recent blog written by Principal Cloud Solutions Architect and APN Partner Ambassador Justin Guse. 

2. Introducing a New Containerizing Tool for Java and .NET Applications: App2Container

During the month of July, Amazon Web Services released one of their latest tools, AWS App2Container (A2C), a command-line tool for modernizing .NET and Java applications into containerized applications. A2C analyzes and builds an inventory of applications running in virtual machines, on-premises or in the cloud. Users of this tool can select the application they want to containerize, and as a result, A2C packages the application artifact and identified dependencies into container images, configures the network ports, and generates the ECS task and Kubernetes pod definitions. With A2C, you can easily modernize your existing applications and standardize the deployment and operations through containers. 

How is EagleDream using App2Container? Our cloud and development teams are leveraging App2Container with customers looking to streamline their operations, accelerate application modernization, and easily deploy existing applications to the cloud with correct networking and security configurations.  

In a recent blog written by AWS Principal Developer Advocate, Channy Yun, he states that “By modernizing existing applications using containers, you can make them portable, increase development flexibility, standardize your CI/CD processes and reduce operational costs.” 

To learn more about AWS App2Container, visit AWS’s website here. To explore how you can start using App2Container, schedule a conversation with one of our AWS Ambassadors here.

3. Amazon EC2 T4g instances now generally available

Another announcement made last month was that new Amazon EC2 T4g instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors are now generally available. This also includes a free trial of the t4g.micro instance size through the end of December 2020. 

AWS Graviton2 processors are custom-built by AWS using 64-bit Arm Neoverse N1 cores to enable the best price performance for cloud workloads running in Amazon EC2. They deliver a major leap in performance and capabilities over first-generation AWS Graviton processors, with 7x performance, 4x the number of compute cores, 2x larger caches, and 5x faster memory. These instances deliver significant cost savings over other general-purpose instances for scale-out applications such as web servers, containerized microservices, data/log processing, and other workloads that can run on smaller cores and fit within the available memory footprint. 

Learn more about Graviton in AWS’s latest press release here. 

Let's Talk About It

Interested in learning more about these latest announcements and how they will impact how your team builds, deploys, and scales in the cloud? Join us for our next 20 Minute Tech Break on October 9th as we discuss these launches more in-depth. Bring your questions to the table – we’re here to help.  

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EagleDream's Ambassadors

Scott Weber, Dustin Potter, and Justin Guse

The APN Ambassador Program is a community of technical experts in the AWS Partner Network (APN) community. APN Ambassadors are passionate about sharing their AWS technical expertise and possess multiple AWS certifications as well as in-depth AWS knowledge that is recognized and validated by AWS.  

Did you know that EagleDream has the 2nd Highest Number of AWS Ambassadors in North America, with three ambassadors on-staff?

Meet our 3 Ambasadors: VP of Cloud Solutions, Scott Weber and Principal Cloud Solutions Architects Dustin Potter and Justin Guse.

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