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January 2023 Amazon Web Services Announcements

As one of the industry leaders in cloud computing, AWS is a constantly evolving ecosystem. Trying to track the updates that happen on an ongoing basis within AWS can be incredibly daunting. In this article, we will look at the AWS updates announced in January and provide some analysis and our take on some of the more notable updates for the month.


January Numbers:

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

  • Total Updates: 107

  • Total Services With Feature Updates: 55

  • Average Daily Updates: 5

  • Average Updates Per Service: 2

  • Regional Service Expansions: 134

Graph 1: Monthly Actual and Projected Updates


Services Specifics:

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

  • Amazon Kendra: 7

  • Amazon RDS: 7

  • Amazon EC2: 6

  • Amazon CloudWatch: 4

  • Amazon SageMaker: 4

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

  • AWS CloudShell is now HIPAA compatible

  • Amazon Managed Workflow for Apache Airflow (MWAA) is now PCI compatible

One new service was released in preview during January.

  • AWS Clean Rooms (preview): Allows customers to quickly set up data clean rooms to support audits, financial transactions, or partner data investigation. This allows for sharing data insights with partners in a secure way without needing to share the underlying datasets.

The following graph shows a count of updates per service.

Notable Service Updates:

When reviewing the January 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.

  • Amazon S3 now encrypts all new objects by default when they are created at no cost

  • AWS Lambda runtimes can now be updated based on user preference for Amazon Linux. Runtime updates are now visible to customers as distinct version numbers.

  • Amazon Kendra intelligence search service has extended its data input ecosystem significantly. Can now index and search data from Microsoft Yammer, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, and S3 (including VPC support). Additionally, Kendra can now be used to improve OpenSearch search results.

  • Amazon EC2 compute services have several updates to allow for prediction and insights around when autoscaling should occur. These automated recommendations can help improve auto-scaled solutions’ performance and cost optimization.

  • The Amazon AppFlow data integration service added 14 new data sources this month. New sources include Asana, Delightful, Google Calendar, Intercom, JDBC, PayPal, Pendo, Smartsheet, Snapchat Ads, WooCommerce, BrainTree, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Oracle HCM, and Zoho CRM.

  • Amazon CloudFront has added some increased controls and the ability to work with HTTP headers. Header policies can now be used to remove headers from responses that should not be sent back to the caller. Additionally, CloudFront can now send a header to track the total number of headers in a request and the header order in a request.

  • The Amazon Detective security and compliance service can now visualize VPC flow logs within EKS clusters. The networking interactions within Kubernetes can be a complicated and opaque aspect of running workloads, and this visualization should allow for an improved understanding of cluster functions.


Conclusions:

Hopefully this article provides some high-level insights into the large number of announcements AWS made in January. We would love to hear from you if this information is helpful or if there is additional information and view of these announcements that you would find valuable in the future. The complete announcement list is included below for anyone looking at specific update headlines for a service.



Total Announcement List:

  • 01/03/2023 Amazon CloudFront - Removal of Response Headers

  • 01/03/2023 Amazon Neptune - graph-explorer visual exploration open source tool

  • 01/04/2023 Amazon Aurora - Backtrack support for MySQL Version 3

  • 01/04/2023 Amazon CloudWatch - Logs removes log stream transaction quotas and SequenceToken requirements

  • 01/05/2023 Amazon MWAA - Supports Apache AirFlow version 2.4 with Python 3.10

  • 01/05/2023 Amazon S3 - Now encrypts all new objects

  • 01/06/2023 Amazon EC2 - Autoscaling forecasts frequently for more accurate predictive scaling

  • 01/06/2023 Amazon EMR - Serverless now supports custom images

  • 01/06/2023 AWS App Runner - Supports secrets and configuration from Secrets Manager and Systems Manager

  • 01/09/2023 Amazon Kendra - Intelligent Ranking for self-managed Open Search

  • 01/09/2023 Amazon S3 - Storage Lens adds tiered pricing for cost-effective monitoring at scale

  • 01/09/2023 AWS Elemental MediaLive - Adds POIS signal conditioning

  • 01/09/2023 AWS Network Firewall - Add support for reject action for TCP traffic

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Kendra - S3 connect with VPC support for indexing and searching S3 content

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Kendra - Google Driver Connector for indexing and searching Google Drive

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Location Service - Adds GrabMaps in Southwest Asia

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Personalize - New "Trending-Now" recipe

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Personalize - Supports tag based resource authorization

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon RDS - Supports restoring database snapshots from Multi-AZ with two readable standbys

  • 01/10/2023 Amazon Route 53 - GA of Application Recovery Controller zonal shift

  • 01/10/2023 AWS CloudShell - HIPAA eligible

  • 01/11/2023 Amazon Pinpoint - Singapore Sender ID registration workflow

  • 01/11/2023 Amazon RDS - Optimized Read is now up to 2x faster for queries in MariaDB

  • 01/11/2023 Amazon Sagemaker - Canvas supports up to 3x faster training of ML models

  • 01/11/2023 AWS CloudFormation - Enhances Fn::FindInMap

  • 01/11/2023 AWS Management Console - Permissions changes in AWS Billing, Cost Management, and Account

  • 01/12/2023 Amazon Kendra - MS Teams connect for searching Teams messages

  • 01/12/2023 Amazon Kendra - MS Exchange connector for email messaging search

  • 01/12/2023 AWS Clean Rooms - Available in preview

  • 01/12/2023 AWS Config - Add support for 22 new resource types

  • 01/12/2023 AWS Lambda - Supports maximum concurrency for SQS event sources

  • 01/12/2023 AWS Resource Groups - Now emits lifecycle events

  • 01/12/2023 AWS Systems Manager - AppConfig allows for tracking stale feature flags

  • 01/13/2023 Amazon CloudFront - Supports the request header order and header count headers

  • 01/13/2023 Amazon RDS - New SSL/TLS certificates and certificate controls

  • 01/13/2023 Amazon EC2 - Nitro Enclaves supports multiple enclaves

  • 01/17/2023 Amazon CloudWatch - Enhanced error visibility for Embedded Metric Format (EMF)

  • 01/17/2023 Amazon Detective - New AWS managed IAM policies for improved secure access for security analysts

  • 01/17/2023 Amazon EC2 - Adds support for ConnTrack Utilization network performance metric

  • 01/17/2023 Amazon EFS - Increases maximum number of Access Points per file system

  • 01/17/2023 AWS Network Firewall - IPv6 support

  • 01/17/2023 AWS Systems Manager - Patch policies to support cross account and cross region patching

  • 01/17/2023 EC2 Image Builder - Can include Marketplace subscriptions in your custom AMIs

  • 01/17/2023 EC2 Image Builder - Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmarks for security hardening of AMIs

  • 01/18/2023 Amazon Chime - SDK now supports 250 webcam video streams

  • 01/18/2023 Amazon EC2 - Autoscaling now gives recommendations about activating predictive scaling policy

  • 01/18/2023 Amazon ElastiCache - Support Memcached 1.6.17

  • 01/18/2023 Amazon EMR - EC2 clusters launch up to 30% faster in private subnets

  • 01/18/2023 Amazon EMR - Serverless introduces account-level vCPU based service quota

  • 01/18/2023 AWS CloudFormation - SAM templates can now be linted to speed up development

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon CloudWatch - Cross-account Metric streams

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon ECS - New default console experience

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon Kendra - MS Yammer connect for messaging search

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon MWAA - PCI DSS compliant

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service - Enhanced dry run for configuration changes

  • 01/19/2023 Amazon RDS - MariaDB now supports enforcing SSL/TLS connections

  • 01/19/2023 AWS Fault Injection Simulator - Increased quotas for target resources

  • 01/19/2023 AWS Storage Gateway - S3 File Gateway Supports DOS attributes

  • 01/19/2023 AWS Storage Gateway - S3 File Gateway increases maximum file shares per gateway from 10 to 50

  • 01/20/2023 Amazon Connect - Long lasting persistent chat experiences

  • 01/20/2023 Amazon EC2 - Launch templates support AWS systems manager parameters for AMIs

  • 01/20/2023 Amazon Marketplace - Private offer pages for customer view of private offers on their accounts

  • 01/23/2023 Amazon AppFlow - 10 new connectors: Asana, Delighted, Google Calendar, Intercom, JDBC, PayPal, Pendo, Smartsheet, Snapchat Ads, WooCommerce

  • 01/23/2023 Amazon Aurora - PostgreSQL 14.6, 13.9, 12.13, 11.18 version support

  • 01/23/2023 Amazon Detective - VPC Flow logs visualization for Amazon EKS workloads available

  • 01/23/2023 Amazon RDS - Multi-AZ with two readable standbys for RDS PostgreSQL supports inbound replication

  • 01/23/2023 AWS Elemental MediaLive - Added timecode burn-in

  • 01/24/2023 Amazon MQ - Supports RabbitMQ 3.8.34

  • 01/24/2023 Amazon Polly - Launches 5 new male NTTS voices

  • 01/24/2023 Amazon RDS - Blue/Green deployments supports Aurora MySQL 3 as a source cluster

  • 01/24/2023 Amazon Sagemaker - Automatic Model Tuning now allows environment variables for tuning jobs

  • 01/24/2023 AWS Control Tower - Comprehensive controls management available in Control Tower

  • 01/24/2023 AWS Lambda - Runtime management controls (better visibility and control on when runtimes are updates for Lambdas)

  • 01/25/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service - Serverless is now GA

  • 01/25/2023 Amazon Quicksight - Adds data bars for tables

  • 01/25/2023 Amazon Quicksight - Increased field limits and performance improvements for Pivot Tables

  • 01/25/2023 Amazon VPC - IP Address Manager now manages IP Addresses in your network outside your AWS organization

  • 01/25/2023 AWS Managed Services - Customers can change responses for Config Rules that are show up with issues

  • 01/25/2023 AWS Pricing Calculator - Supports optimized pricing estimates for EC2 Dedicated Hosts

  • 01/26/2023 Amazon Personalize - Simplified onboarding with data insights

  • 01/26/2023 AWS Managed Services - Achieves FedRAMP High Authorization

  • 01/27/2023 Amazon Sagemaker - Preview of ml.p4de instances for model deployment

  • 01/27/2023 AWS Direct Connect - Three additional locations

  • 01/27/2023 AWS Fault Injection Simulator - Adds Pause I/O action for EBS volumes

  • 01/27/2023 AWS Pricing Calculator - Can access simple monthly calculator estimates in calculator

  • 01/30/2023 Amazon Kendra - Expands data formats support

  • 01/30/2023 Amazon Quicksight - Launches radar chart

  • 01/30/2023 Amazon RDS - Supports increasing storage size when creating read replicas and restoring database snapshots

  • 01/30/2023 AWS Glue - Studio Visual ETL now supports 5 new transforms

  • 01/30/2023 AWS Outposts - Rack local gateway now supports improved VPC routing policy management

  • 01/30/2023 AWS Snow Family - Supports Ubuntu 20 and 22 OS

  • 01/30/2023 AWS Snow Family - Supports Instance Metadata Service Version 2 for EC2 instances on Snow

  • 01/30/2023 AWS Snow Family - Supports software updates for AWS Snowcone

  • 01/30/2023 Bottlerocket - Supports network bonding and VLAN tagging

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon AppFlow - Adds 4 data connectors

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon Athena - Adds data source connector for Google Cloud Storage

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon CloudWatch - Simplifies metric extraction from structured logs

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon EC2 - Hibernate now supports EC2 C6i, C5id, M6i, M6id, and I3en instances

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon EC2 - Credential Guard support for Windows Instances

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon ElastiCache - ElastiCache for Redis announces 99.99% availability SLA

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon MemoryDB for Redis - MemoryDB announces 99.99% availability SLA

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service - Simplies remote reindex for VPC domains

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon Polly - Launches two new US English NTTS voices

  • 01/31/2023 Amazon Sagemaker - Automatic Model Tuning now adds three new completion criteria for tuning jobs

  • 01/31/2023 AWS Artifact - On-demand access to third-party compliance reports now generally available

  • 01/31/2023 AWS CloudTrail - Lake now supports ingestion of activity events from non-AWS sources

  • 01/31/2023 AWS Systems Manager - Integration of automation with Change Calendar

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