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March 2023 Amazon Web Services Announcements

We’re back with our recap of monthly updates and announcements from AWS. AWS announced a massive number of updates to their services in March, so we’ll run down some highlights to help you make sense of this. Some themes in the March releases:

  • expanding service integrations and improved observability, such as improved S3 Object Lambda tooling in CloudFront,

  • additional network resources supported in VPC Reachability Analyzer, and

  • Glue providing continuous logging in AWS Glue Job monitoring.

AWS also expanded its global footprint in March by adding a new edge location in Peru to its network. Additionally, Direct Connect got an expansion with access points added in Mumbai, India; Muscat, Oman; Auckland, New Zealand; and Hamburg, Germany.


March Numbers:

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


  • Total Updates: 207

  • Total Services With Feature Updates: 91

  • Average Daily Updates: 9

  • Average Updates Per Service: 2

  • Regional Service Expansions: 60

Graph 1: Monthly Actual and Projected Updates


Services Specifics:

Let’s analyze the updates to services and examine the details of the service updates that were released this month. The following are the top 5 services that received updates in March 2023:

  • Amazon EC2: 9

  • Amazon RDS: 7

  • Amazon Connect: 6

  • AWS Glue: 5

  • Amazon Kendra: 5

Amazon released or moved several services to General Availability in March.

  • Amazon DataZone (Preview): A new data management service to allow for data sharing between producers and consumers across organizations. This preview adds an additional data-sharing approach to the toolkit.

  • Amazon VPC Lattice: This service simplifies service-to-service communications. This includes creating network connectivity across accounts and VPCs.

  • AWS re:Post: AWS Knowledge Center articles are being migrated to the AWS re:Post solution, allowing AWS builders to access comprehensive AWS knowledge better.

  • AWS Application Composer: This service provides a drag-and-drop visual approach to architecting, configuring, and building serverless applications utilizing several AWS services.

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

Graph 2: Update Counts Per Service


Notable Service Updates:

When reviewing the March updates, the following items stood out to us as notable and worth calling out based on their potential to impact a broad base of users and get lost in the large number of updates.

  • Amazon Simple Email Service has added delivery and engagement graphs. This functionality, available in the Virtual Deliverability Manager, gives a time series view of critical metrics such as delivery, complaint rate, and message volume. This will simplify the monitoring of this process.

  • AWS Network Firewall added the ability to inspect TLS connections, which allows the firewall to decrypt traffic in transit, apply firewall rules, and then re-encrypt the traffic to deliver it to the destination. This greatly expands the areas where connection security can be applied.

  • AWS VPN adds support for tunnel visibility and control when tunnel maintenance updates occur. This allows for better stability and management of VPN site-to-site tunnels.

  • The AWS Well-Architected Tool has added consolidated reporting and search functionality to allow customers to more easily see themes in the risks identified during a Well-Architected Framework review.

  • AWS Chatbot, which provides prebuilt chat ops support for customers’ AWS accounts, now supports searching for AWS resources and documentation. Using natural language queries, the Chatbot can give feedback to customers about the resources in their AWS accounts and references to documentation supporting those resources.

  • Application Load Balancers in AWS now support the TLS 1.3 cipher set. This will improve the security of these resources and allow for better compliance with standards such as PCI/DSS.

  • You can now run Windows 11 on Amazon Workspaces by Bringing Your Own License (BYOL). This allows companies that have adopted Windows 11 to provide a consistent experience between on-premise and cloud-based desktop environments.

  • Amazon Lightsail has been extended to have a Research specific offering. These instances come with the ability to work in analytical applications such as Scilab, RStudio, and Jupyter.

  • Amazon S3 Multi-Region Access Points can now support replicated data across regions and AWS accounts. This allows for increased resiliency structure through both multi-region and multi-account redundancy for customers with that need.


Conclusions:

March saw a bumper crop of changes and announcements from AWS, including:

  • Expansion of their Direct Connect access footprint,

  • Several changes focused on monitoring and working with AWS services, and

  • Changes focused on improving the developer experience.

This month brings the total AWS change in the first quarter to 435. The complete announcement list is included below for anyone looking at specific update headlines for a service. We’ll be back next month with our analysis of April’s updates.



Total Announcement List:

  • 03/31/2023 Amazon Simple Email Service now detects gaps in BIMI configuration

  • 03/31/2023 AWS Cloud Map enables service editing in AWS console

  • 03/31/2023 Amazon Simple Email Service now supports delivery and engagement graphs

  • 03/31/2023 AWS License Manager now offers improved license visibility and distribution across your organization

  • 03/31/2023 AWS announces new AWS Direct Connect location in Mumbai, India

  • 03/31/2023 Announcing the general availability of Amazon VPC Lattice

  • 03/31/2023 AWS Glue Studio visual ETL adds 10 new visual transforms

  • 03/31/2023 Console Toolbar now generally available for AWS CloudShell

  • 03/31/2023 Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus supports 500M active metrics per workspace

  • 03/31/2023 Service Quotas is now available in additional Regions

  • 03/31/2023 AWS Blu Insights enhances user access with single sign-on

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery supports automated replication of new disks

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Network Firewall announces support for ingress TLS inspection

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon Connect launches expanded JSON attributes support in flows

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Lake Formation now available in AWS Middle East (UAE Region)

  • 03/30/2023 EC2 Image Builder adds real-time build tracking and improves build speeds for image pipelines

  • 03/30/2023 AWS WickrGov now available in AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon Kendra launches Featured Results

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon EC2 R5b instances are now available in additional regions

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon RDS Custom now supports new General Purpose gp3 storage volumes

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 22.2

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon SNS launches the Extended Client Library for Python to support payloads up to 2GB

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Compute Optimizer now supports 61 new EC2 instance types

  • 03/30/2023 Announcing the ACK Controllers for Amazon EventBridge and Pipes

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Batch now supports user-defined pod labels on Amazon EKS

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon Athena for Apache Spark is now available in 4 new regions

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Compute Optimizer now support EC2 instances with non-consecutive utilization data

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Site-to-Site VPN adds support for better visibility and control of VPN tunnel maintenance updates

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Well-Architected Tool Announces Consolidated Report and Enhanced Search functionality

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon Omics now enables batch variant store imports

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Chatbot now supports search of AWS resources and AWS content

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon EventBridge Scheduler is now available in 18 additional regions

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS supports RDS for PostgreSQL

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon GuardDuty now monitors runtime activity from containers running on Amazon EKS

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon SageMaker Canvas now supports NLP and CV use cases

  • 03/30/2023 AWS Compute Optimizer now supports HDD and io2 Block Express EBS volume types

  • 03/29/2023 AWS Application Migration Service is now available in the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region

  • 03/29/2023 Amazon EC2 C6in instances are now available in additional regions

  • 03/29/2023 AWS announces Amazon DataZone (Preview)

  • 03/29/2023 AWS re:Post now includes AWS Knowledge Center articles

  • 03/29/2023 AWS WAF is now available in the Zurich, Spain, Hyderabad, and Melbourne regions

  • 03/29/2023 AWS Toolkits for JetBrains and VS Code now support AWS SAM Accelerate to speed up application iteration

  • 03/29/2023 Amazon SageMaker Python SDK now supports setting default values for parameters

  • 03/29/2023 AWS DataSync now supports copying data from Azure Blob Storage (preview)

  • 03/29/2023 Amazon CloudFront announces support for HTTP status and response generation using CloudFront Functions

  • 03/29/2023 Amazon Translate launches Batch Translation in eight additional regions

  • 03/29/2023 AWS Service Catalog is now available in four additional AWS Regions

  • 03/29/2023 Amazon SageMaker is now available in Europe (Spain) Region

  • 03/28/2023 Amazon GuardDuty simplifies enforcement of threat detection across all accounts in an Organization

  • 03/28/2023 Amazon SageMaker is now available in Europe (Zurich) Region

  • 03/28/2023 AWS Copilot adds support for full customization with AWS CDK or YAML overrides

  • 03/28/2023 AWS CodeBuild supports Arm-based workloads in five additional AWS Regions

  • 03/28/2023 Bottlerocket adds support for FireLens

  • 03/28/2023 NICE DCV releases version 2023.0 with support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9

  • 03/28/2023 AWS Systems Manager Incident Manager announces the launch of on-call schedules

  • 03/28/2023 AWS IoT Core deepens integration with Amazon Sidewalk

  • 03/28/2023 Amazon Athena adds minimum encryption to enhance query result security

  • 03/27/2023 Amazon Connect now provides step-by-step guides in agent workspace

  • 03/27/2023 Amazon Chime SDK launches call analytics

  • 03/27/2023 AWS MGN now supports inventory import and export, server status dashboard, and new modernization actions

  • 03/27/2023 Automate JAVA Stack deployment with AWS Launch Wizard for SAP

  • 03/27/2023 Amazon EKS adds domainless gMSA authentication for Windows containers

  • 03/27/2023 AWS Cost Anomaly Detection now automatically configured for all new Cost Explorer users

  • 03/30/2023 Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/27/2023 AWS Glue Crawler now supports enhanced crawl capabilities in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/27/2023 Amazon Chime SDK now supports Amazon Lex chatbots

  • 03/24/2023 Amazon EMR on EKS adds support for JEG pod placement for managed endpoints

  • 03/24/2023 Amazon MSK adds support for Apache Kafka version 3.3.2 in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/24/2023 Analyze log patterns, metrics and Jaeger traces with new observability features in Amazon OpenSearch Service

  • 03/24/2023 Amazon Detective announces increased quota limits for data volumes

  • 03/24/2023 Amazon EMR on EKS adds managed and self-managed node groups support for managed endpoints

  • 03/24/2023 Amazon Connect Tasks now supports custom task templates in flows

  • 03/23/2023 Allow Listing tool for testing new Billing, Cost Management and Account console permissions

  • 03/23/2023 Announcing per-second billing for all Amazon GameLift instances

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon SNS announces support for setting content-type request headers for HTTP/S notifications

  • 03/23/2023 Announcing the latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.2

  • 03/23/2023 AWS Service Catalog now available in AWS Middle East (UAE) Region

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon IVS now supports multiple hosts in live streams

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Elastic Clusters are now available in 3 additional regions

  • 03/23/2023 AWS IoT TwinMaker is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon Aurora cross-region disaster recovery capabilities now available in Asia Pacific (Melbourne) region

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon Security Lake (Preview) is now available in three additional Regions

  • 03/23/2023 AWS Backup for Amazon S3 is now available in Asia Pacific (Jakarta) and Middle East (UAE) Regions

  • 03/23/2023 AWS Resilience Hub adds support for Amazon EKS

  • 03/23/2023 AWS announces a new guided Amazon Redshift getting started experience

  • 03/22/2023 Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler now enables OAuth based access to Snowflake

  • 03/22/2023 VPC DNS Query Logging Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region

  • 03/22/2023 AWS Security Hub is now available in three additional AWS Regions

  • 03/22/2023 Amazon WorkDocs announces Search Resources API

  • 03/22/2023 Amazon RDS Proxy now supports PostgreSQL major version 15

  • 03/22/2023 AWS CloudFormation language extensions transform is now available in 5 additional AWS Regions

  • 03/22/2023 Application Load Balancer now supports TLS 1.3

  • 03/24/2023 AWS Batch launches support for configurable Ephemeral Storage on AWS Fargate

  • 03/22/2023 Amazon S3 Event Notifications now supports Amazon EventBridge in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/22/2023 AWS announces new edge location in Peru

  • 03/23/2023 Amazon ECS provides contextual failure reasons for troubleshooting task launches with capacity providers

  • 03/21/2023 AWS Clean Rooms is now generally available

  • 03/21/2023 AWS now allows you to bring your Windows 11 licenses to Amazon WorkSpaces

  • 03/21/2023 Amazon Corretto 20 is now generally available

  • 03/21/2023 Amazon VPC Reachability Analyzer now supports 3 additional AWS networking services

  • 03/21/2023 Amazon EC2 C6in, M6in, M6idn, R6in, and R6idn metal instances are now available

  • 03/21/2023 AWS announces new AWS Direct Connect location in Muscat, Oman

  • 03/21/2023 Application Auto Scaling now supports resource tagging

  • 03/20/2023 Amazon EMR now supports Amazon EC2 C7g (Graviton3) instances

  • 03/20/2023 Amazon Connect launches support for multiple SAML 2.0 identity providers

  • 03/17/2023 AWS Database Migration Service now generates an AWS Glue Data Catalog when migrating to Amazon S3

  • 03/17/2023 AWS Transfer Family is now available in the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region

  • 03/17/2023 AWS Migration Hub Strategy Recommendations adds support for binary analysis

  • 03/17/2023 Amazon CloudWatch Logs adds support for new Amazon VPC Flow Logs metadata

  • 03/17/2023 AWS Database Migration Service now supports S3 data validation

  • 03/17/2023 AWS CodeBuild now supports a small GPU machine type

  • 03/17/2023 AWS Backup now supports VMware vSphere 8 and multiple virtuals NICs

  • 03/16/20223 Amazon GuardDuty RDS Protection for Amazon Aurora is now generally available

  • 03/16/2023 AWS Chatbot now avilable in Microsoft Teams

  • 03/16/2023 AWS Cloud Map is now available in Asia Pacicif (Melbourne) AWS Region

  • 03/15/2023 Amazon Kendra releases Microsoft SharePoint Cloud Connector

  • 03/15/2023 AWS Storage Gateway is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderbad) and AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Regions

  • 03/15/2023 Announcing Amazon Linux 2023

  • 03/15/2023 Amazon EC2 M6a and C6a instances now available in South America (Sao Paulo) region

  • 03/14/2023 Announcing cross-account support for Amazon S3 Multi-Region Access Points

  • 03/14/2023 Introducing Mountpoint for Amazon S3, a high performance performance open source file client

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon Kendra releases Confluence Server Connector

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon S3 on Outposts now supports local S3 Replication on Outposts

  • 03/14/2023 Announcing an updated console experience for Amazon GameLift

  • 03/14/2023 Application Auto Scaling now supports Metric Math for Target Tracking policies

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service introduces security analytics

  • 03/14/2023 Introducing fine-grained access controls with AWS Lake Formation and Apache Hive in Amazon EMR

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon EC2 M1 Mac instances now support in-place operating system updates

  • 03/14/2023 Use S3 Object Lamda with Amazon CloudFront to tailor content for end users

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon S3 simplifies private connectivity from on-premise networks

  • 03/14/2023 AWS Data Exchange for Amazon S3 is now generally available

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra) now supports client-side timestamps

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon Chime SDK now supports Amazon Voice Focus for carriers

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon Kendra releases SharePoint OnPrem Connectors

  • 03/14/2023 Amazon Kendra releases Confluence Cloud Connector

  • 03/13/2023 Announcing R6i instances for Amazon Neptune

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service now supports OpenSearch version 2.5

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon Connect Wisdom now supports Microsoft SharePoint Online

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in Asia Pacific (Melbourne) AWS Region

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon Neptune introduces graph summary API

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon Neptune announces support for Slow Query Logs

  • 03/13/2023 Amazon Route 53 Resolver endpoints for hybrid cloud are now available in Europe (Zurich) Region

  • 03/10/2023 AWS License Manager Linux subscriptions expands region and administrator support

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler now supports Amazon EMR Hive as a big query engine

  • 03/10/2023 Announcing Favorites features to organize AWS Systems Manager documents and runbooks

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon EMR on EKS adds support for emitting customer metrics for managed endpoints

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon SES add email recieving metrics for better visibility and control

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Prefix Lists now available in two additional regions

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon Connect launches a new API for customers to access historical metrics

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon EKS is now available in the Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region

  • 03/10/2023 Amazon Route53 Resolver endpoints for hybrid could announces IPv6 support

  • 03/10/2023 AWS announces new AWS Direct Connect location in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 03/09/2023 Amazon MQ now supports RabbitMQ version 3.10.17

  • 03/09/2023 Announcing lower data warehouse base capacity configuration for Amazon Redshift Serverless

  • 03/09/2023 Amazon QuickSight enhances the developer experience with SDK 2.0

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports minor versions PostgreSQL 14.7, 13.10, 12.14, and 11.19

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports RDS Optimized Writes

  • 03/08/2023 AWS Database Migration Service Fleet Advisor now supports target recommendations

  • 03/08/2023 AWS Glue now provides continuous logs in AWS Glue Job Monitoring

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon Redshift adds support for 200k tables

  • 03/08/2023 AWS Glue introduces faster and simpler permissions setup

  • 03/08/2023 Announcing Open Data Maps for Amazon Location Service

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose now supports data delivery to Elastic

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon Aurora MySQL-Compatible Edition now supports Microsoft Active Directory authentication

  • 03/08/2023 AWS Config now supports 18 new resource types

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon RDS Proxy is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region

  • 03/08/2023 Amazon DynamoDB now supports table deletion protection

  • 03/08/2023 AWS Security Hub launches support for NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5

  • 03/07/2023 AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports enhanced color processing

  • 03/07/2023 Delegated administrator for AWS Organizations launches in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/07/2023 AWS Glue 4.0 now supports Streaming ETL

  • 03/07/2023 AWS Application Composer is now generally available

  • 03/07/2023 AWS Resource Explorer supports 12 new resource types

  • 03/07/2023 Amazon EC2 I3 Bare Metal Instance is now available in the Middle East (Bahrain) region

  • 03/07/2023 AWS announces new competition structure for the 2023 Season

  • 03/07/2023 Amazon Redshift Query Editor V2 is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

  • 03/06/2023 Amazon Aurora extends the cross-region disaster recovery capabilities to additional AWS regions

  • 03/06/2023 IAM Roles for Amazon EC2 now provide Credential Control Properties

  • 03/06/2023 AWS Snowball is now available in the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region

  • 03/06/2023 AWS Lambda now supports up to 10 GB of ephemeral storage for Lambda functions in 6 additional regions

  • 03/06/2023 Introducing maintenance window feature for AWS IoT Device Management Jobs

  • 03/06/2023 AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces now supports environments without a network bridge

  • 03/06/2023 Amazon EC2 announces the ability to create Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that can boot on UEFI and Legacy BIOS

  • 03/06/2023 Amazon MSK is now available in Middle East (UAE) AWS Region

  • 03/03/2023 AWS IoT SiteWise now supports Time-Weighted Average and Standard Deviation

  • 03/03/2023 AWS announces new AWS Direct Connect location in Hamburg, Germany

  • 03/03/2023 AWS CloudShell now supports modular variant of AWS Tools for PowerShell

  • 03/03/2023 Amazon OpenSearch Service extends Amazon Graviton2 (C6g, M6g, R6g) instances support in four additional regions

  • 03/03/2023 AWS Key Management Service now supports FIPS 140-2 enabled interface VPC endpoint

  • 03/02/2023 AWS Network Firewall is now available in the Middle East (UAE) Region

  • 03/02/2023 AWS Step Functions Distributed Map is now available in more Regions

  • 03/02/2023 Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds support for MongoDB 5.0 wire protocol and client-side field level encryption

  • 03/02/2023 Amazon Timestream now supports batch loading data

  • 03/02/2023 Amazon RDS Blue/Green Deployments is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad and Melbourne) Regions

  • 03/02/2023 AWS Control Tower announces a progress tracker for landing zone setup and upgrades

  • 03/02/2023 Amazon MSK adds support for Apache Kafka version 3.3.2

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon Detective adds graph visualization for interactive security investigations

  • 03/01/2023 Introducing Amazon Lightsail for Research

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon Aurora MySQL 3.03 (compatible with MySQL 8.0.26) is generally available

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon EMR Serverless now supports application log encryption with Customer Managed Keys (CMK)

  • 03/01/2023 AWS Comprehend simplifies custom model retraining and management

  • 03/01/2023 AWS App Runner is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney) and AWS Europe (Frankfurt) regions

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon Neptune Serverless now scales down to 1 NCU to save cost

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) announces general availability of Ethereum Token-Based Access

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon Kinesis Data Streams increases On-Demand write throughput limit to 1 GB/s

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Cross Region Automated Backups with encryption

  • 03/01/2023 Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS supports Proactive Insights

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