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February 2023 Amazon Web Services Announcements

Welcome to the second installment of our recap of monthly updates and announcements from AWS. AWS released even more changes and updates in February, despite being a shorter month than January. In addition, we noticed a theme in security, fraud detection, and management, including updates to AWS WAF, AWS Fraud Detector, AWS Incident Detection and Response, and AWS Detective.

Direct Connect added two new network entry points, one in the US and one in India. Direct Connect allows for high-speed internal network access to AWS services. Feature and functionality updates to services were the majority of the changes this month, and there was less regional expansion of services than we saw in January.

February Numbers:

Let’s start with some high-level numbers around updates that occurred in February.

  • Total Updates: 107

  • Total Services With Feature Updates: 65

  • Average Daily Updates: 6

  • Average Updates Per Service: 2

  • Regional Service Expansions: 57

Services Specifics:

Let’s look at what services were updated and some details of what kind of service updates were released this month. The top 5 services with updates in February 2023 are as follows:

  • Amazon RDS: 10

  • Amazon EC2: 7

  • Amazon CloudWatch: 5

  • AWS App Runner: 4

  • AWS Elemental: 4

The following services received updates that make them applicable in compliance environments.

  • Amazon EMR Serverless now supports HIPAA, HITRUST, SOC, and PCI DSS workloads.

One new service was released in preview during February.

  • AWS Telco Network Builder - This service allows communications service providers to automate the deployment and management of large-scale and high-count compute, storage, and networking component networks on AWS

The following graph shows a count of updates per service during February.

Notable Service Updates:

When reviewing the February updates, the following items stood out to us as notable and worth calling out separately, as they may impact a broad base of users or get lost in the large number of updates.

  • AWS VPC increases NAT Gateway’s capacity to support concurrent connections to a unique destination, which improves the NAT gateway’s ability to support high-volume outbound networks for workloads that depend heavily on external resources. The new limit is 440,000 concurrent connections per external destination.

  • AWS CloudFormation announces a spotlight for the latest news on CloudFormation features, blogs, and workshops. The spotlight is a new CloudFormation console tab consolidating these resources for filterable access.

  • AWS Control Tower provides updates to access logging and exceptions to more global services for Region Deny. This update removes unnecessary access logging and extends the global services exempt from the Control Tower Region Deny functionality.

  • Amazon SNS now supports AWS X-Ray active tracing to visualize, analyze, and debug application performance. AWS X-Ray allows for increased transparency and visibility into the components of distributed systems involved in a transaction. Adding SNS to active tracing increases the coverage available for workloads.

  • AWS Snow Family now supports Amazon EKS Anywhere. This feature addition increases the flexibility for AWS Snow Family to do workloads in on-premise and other environments outside of the cloud. This can be particularly useful for customers considering workload migration from on-premise data centers.

  • Amazon RDS Database Activity Streams now supports Amazon RDS for SQL Server. Database activity streams allow activity in the database to trigger events via Amazon Kinesis Data Streams.

  • Amazon Detective launches interactive workshop for investigating potential security issues. This new feature allows customers to practice using Amazon Detective in a simulated workshop environment working through several tutorials. This provides experience with Detective outside of the critical nature of a security incident.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Internet Monitor is now generally available. This addition to CloudWatch allows monitoring of Internet availability, traffic patterns, and health events across cities and geographies, supporting the customer’s workload.

  • AWS Lambda now supports Amazon DocumentDB change streams as an event source. Similar to the addition of Database Activity Streams, this feature allows for events to be triggered by changes in Amazon DocumentDB, allowing for creating orchestrations and workloads initiated by data flowing in an application.


February was another busy month for AWS features. This month saw several exciting features and functionality, from increasing the ability to trigger events from databases to improving security features and functionality. Let us know if we can help you use these features or other AWS services to enable, speed up, or advance your business. The complete announcement list is included below for anyone looking at specific update headlines for a service.

Total Announcement List:

  • 02/01/2023 Amazon Connect launches AWS CloudFormation support for instance management APIs

  • 02/01/2023 Amazon Omics now supports PrivateLink and CloudFormation

  • 02/01/2023 AWS App Runner supports HTTP 1.0 protocol

  • 02/01/2023 AWS VPC increases NAT Gateway's capacity to support concurrent connections to a unique destination

  • 02/01/2023 Amazon SageMaker use your own training image in a private Docker registry with Amazon SageMaker

  • 02/01/2023 AWS CloudFormation stackSets give quick access to list of Regions for stack instances of a stack set

  • 02/01/2023 Amazon OpenSearch now supports enabling SAML during domain creation

  • 02/01/2023 AWS IoT Core Rules Engine now supports batching of device logs while routing logs from IoT devices to Amazon CloudWatch logs

  • 02/01/2023 Amazon RDS PostgreSQL now supports minor versions 14.6, 13.9, 12.13, 11.18, and 10.23

  • 02/02/2023 AWS AppConfig expands encryption capabilities, integrating with AWS Secrets Manager and AWS KMS

  • 02/02/2023 AWS Elemental MediaLive adds Dolby E audio decoding

  • 02/03/2023 AWS Panorama simplifies ordering of Panoram appliances

  • 02/03/2023 Amazon Chime SDK now offers a Windows client library

  • 02/03/2023 AWS SAM CLI introduces 'sam list' command to inspect AWS SAM resources

  • 02/06/2023 Amazon CloudWatch now supports high-resolution metric extraction from structured logs

  • 02/06/2023 AWS Elemental MediaTailor now supports fast schedule updates in Channel Assembly

  • 02/06/2023 AWS Glue Crawlers now support MongoDB Atlas

  • 02/06/2023 AWS Systems Manager Change Manager now supports a more flexible way of approving change requests

  • 02/06/2023 AWS Systems Manager Change Calendar now provides a more comprehensive calendar view of operational events

  • 02/06/2023 Amazon Fraud Detector introduces Cold Start model training for customers with limited historical data

  • 02/06/2023 Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports seg extension

  • 02/06/2023 Amazon EC2 C7g metal instances are now available

  • 02/06/2023 AWS SimSpace Weaver now supports CloudFormation

  • 02/07/2023 Amazon RDS for MySQL supports new minor versions 5.7.41 and 8.0.32

  • 02/07/2023 AWS Service Management Connector for JIRA Service Management customer portal

  • 02/07/2023 AWS Direct Connect new location in Kolkata India

  • 02/13/2023 Amazon ECS improves taccuracy of Service Load Balancingt on CloudFormation features, blogs, and workshops

  • 02/08/2023 AWS CloudFormation announces spotlight for latest n on CloudFormation features, blogs, and workshops

  • 02/08/2023 Amazon Polly launches two new Japanese NTTS voices

  • 02/09/2023 AWS Lambda launches new CloudWatch metrics for asynchronous invocations

  • 02/09/2023 AWS Control Tower provides updates to access logging and exceptions to more global services for Region Deny

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon EMR Serverless now supports HIPAA, HITRUST, SOC and PCI DSS workloads

  • 02/09/2023 AWS SDK Announcing the general availability of the AWS CRT HTTP Client in the AWS SDK for Java 2.x

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon EMR on EKS adds support for job execution retries

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon CloudFront now supports OAC with Elemental MediaStore origins

  • 02/09/2023 AWS Config now supports 20 new resource types

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon ElastiCache Announcing enhanced I/O multiplexing for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon GameLift expands SDK support to Go and .NET 6

  • 02/09/2023 AWS Launches AWS SAM connectors as a resource parameter

  • 02/09/2023 Amazon SNS now supports AWS X-Ray active tracing to visualize, analyze, and debug application performance

  • 02/10/2023 Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now supports instance refresh for standby and scale-in protected EC2 instances

  • 02/10/2023 Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling instance refresh now supports rollback

  • 02/10/2023 AWS Launch Wizard now automates deployment of SAP S/4HANA Foundation and SAP S/4HANA 2022

  • 02/10/2023 AWS Announcing Network of Bots for Amazon Lex

  • 02/10/2023 AWS Cloud Map increases default limit

  • 02/10/2023 AWS Elemental MediaConnect expands support for event notifications in Amazon EventBridge

  • 02/10/2023 AWS Console Mobile Application adds support for new AWS regions

  • 02/13/2023 Amazon ECS improves the accuracy of Service Load Balancing

  • 02/13/2023 Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports tcn extension

  • 02/13/2023 Amazon EC2 Introducing Amazon EC2 M7g and R7g Instances

  • 02/13/2023 AWS announces AWS Modular Data Center (MDC) for U.S. Department of Defense customers

  • 02/13/2023 Amazon VPC Announces General Availability of Resource Map in AWS Management Console

  • 02/14/2023 AWS Programmatically manage enabled and disabled op-in AWS Regions in AWS accounts

  • 02/14/2023 AWS Snow Family now supports Amazon EKS Anywhere

  • 02/14/2023 AWS Workspaces Workspot announces Cloud PCs powered by AWS Workspaces Core

  • 02/14/2023 Amazon EventBridge events buses supports enhanced integration with AWS Service Quotas

  • 02/14/2023 Amazon GameLift now supports publishing events to encrypted Amazon SNS topics

  • 02/14/2023 AWS Direct Connect Announces new location in Ashburn Virginia

  • 02/15/2023 Amazon EC2 ENA Express now supports 15 new EC2 Instances

  • 02/15/2023 Amazon RDS Database Activity Streams now supports Amazon RDS for SQL Server

  • 02/15/2023 Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts now support automated maintenance on rare degradation

  • 02/15/2023 Amazon Fraud Detector launched AFD-Lists to optimize fraud prevention strategies

  • 02/15/2023 AWS Trusted Advisor fault tolerance check for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now available in all regions

  • 02/16/2023 AWS WAF Fraud Control - Account Takeover protection now allows inspection of origin resources

  • 02/16/2023 Amazon MQ adds AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) support for RabbitMQ brokers

  • 02/16/2023 Amazon Cognito identity pool data events are now available in CloudTrail

  • 02/16/2023 Amazon Managed Grafana now supports network access control

  • 02/16/2023 AWS WAF Captcha adds support for ten additional languages

  • 02/16/2023 Amazon Pinpoint now supports SMS and voice spending metrics in Amazon CloudWatch

  • 02/16/2023 AWS Control Tower Request tracing for customization now available for AWS Control Tower Account Factory for Terraform

  • 02/17/2023 AWS Incident Detection and Response now supports New Relic integration

  • 02/17/2023 AWS App Runner adds service level concurrency, CPU and Memory utilization metrics

  • 02/17/2023 AWS Step Functions adds integration for 35 services including EMR Serverless

  • 02/17/2023 Amazon CloudWatch announces increased quotas for Logs Insights

  • 02/17/2023 Amazon Connect launches granular access controls for real-time metrics

  • 02/20/2023 Amazon Detective launches an interactive workshop for investigating potential security issues

  • 02/20/2023 AWS ParallelCluster announces ParallelCluster 3.5 with a new UI

  • 02/20/2023 Amazon Connect Cases now supports AWS PrivateLink

  • 02/20/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service now lets you schedule service software updates during off-peak hours

  • 02/21/2023 Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports early notifications of Auto minor Version Upgrades (AmVU)

  • 02/21/2023 Amazon EC2 Expands Torn Write Prevention to EC2 Im4gn, Is4gen instances and additional EBS regions

  • 02/21/2023 Amazon SageMaker supports launching Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor from SageMaker Model Dashboard

  • 02/21/2023 AWS Announcing AWS Telco Network Builder

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon Detective adds the ability to export data from Summary page panels and search results

  • 02/22/2023 AWS App Runner now supports HTTP to HTTPS redirect

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon EKS and Amazon EKS Distro now support Kubernetes version 1.25

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon QuickSight enables role-based access control to data sources that connect to Amazon S3 and Athena

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon Fraud Detector Announcing Smart Data Validation for Amazon Fraud Detector

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon ECS increases the number of provisioning tasks quota to deliver faster Cluster Auto Scaling

  • 02/22/2023 AWS Transfer Family announces AWS CloudFormation support and enhanced monitoring capabilities for AS2

  • 02/22/2023 Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics announces new Synthetics NodeJS runtime version 3.9

  • 02/22/2023 AWS Transfer Family announces support for sending AS2 messages over HTTPS

  • 02/23/2023 Amazon Lex Vertical specific bot templates in Lex Console

  • 02/23/2023 Amazon RDS for MySQL adds new disaster recovery (DR) capabilities with Cross-Region Automated Backups

  • 02/23/2023 Amazon RDS for MariaDB adds new disaster recovery (DR) capabilities with Cross-Region Automated Backups

  • 02/23/2023 AWS Resilience Hub adds application change capabilities and simplified APIs

  • 02/23/2023 Amazon Forecast now supports built-in holiday data for 251 countries to improve your forecasting accuracy

  • 02/23/2023 Amazon CloudWatch RUM now supports customer defined metrics for troubleshooting and monitoring

  • 02/23/2023 AWS Amazon Systems Manager for SAP is now generally available, with initial support for backing up SAP HANA databases using AWS Backup

  • 02/23/2023 AWS Security Hub launches 7 new security best practice controls

  • 02/24/2023 AWS Glue Crawlers now support integration with Lake Formation

  • 02/24/2023 AWS Security Hub Announcing Consolidated Control Findings and a Consolidated Controls View

  • 02/24/2023 AWS App Runner introduces web application firewall (WAF) support for enhanced security

  • 02/24/2023 AWS SAM connectors now support multiple destinations

  • 02/27/2023 AWS Lake Formation extends Data Filters to all regions for supported services

  • 02/27/2023 Amazon Aurora Serverless v1 now supports customer configurable maintenance windows

  • 02/27/2023 Amazon ECS now supports deletion of inactive task definition revisions

  • 02/27/2023 Amazon SageMaker Autopilot now offers the ability to select algorithms while launching a machine learning training experiment

  • 02/27/2023 Amazon CloudWatch Internet Monitor is now generally available

  • 02/27/2023 AWS Service Catalog now supports the ability to disassociate and delete products in one-action

  • 02/28/2023 AWS SAM CLI announces preview of Rust build support

  • 02/28/2023 Amazon Redshift announces general availability of ROLLUP, CUBE, and GROUPING SETS in GROUP BY clause

  • 02/28/2023 Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports major version PostgreSQL 15

  • 02/28/2023 AWS Elemental MediaConvert now Ingests FLAC and Animated GIF Inputs

  • 02/28/2023 AWS Lambda now supports Amazon DocumentDB change streams as an event source

  • 02/28/2023 Amazon Inspector Code scans for Lambda functions within Amazon Inspector now in preview

  • 02/28/2023 AWS Lambda Powertools for .NET is now generally available

  • 02/28/2023 AWS SimSpace Weaver now supports AWS IAM Identity Center

  • 02/28/2023 AWS Private CA releases open source samples to help create Matter compliant certificate authorities

  • 02/28/2023 Amazon RDS for MariaDB supports new minor versions 10.6.12, 10.5.19, 10.4.28, and 10.3.38

  • 02/28/2023 AWS Marketplace Autocomplete suggestions are now available on AWS Marketplace search



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