Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Adam Selipsky kicked off day 2 of AWS re:Invent 2021 today with a keynote presentation loaded with exciting announcements, status updates, and long-term vision-setting for the AWS cloud platform. From Selipsky’s keynote, it’s clear that AWS has big ambitions, as well as the firepower to follow through.

One thing Selipsky stressed, which may be surprising to many, is that we are still in the early days of the cloud. Amazon CEO Andy Jassey estimated back in April that less than 5% of all IT spend happens on the cloud. In other words, there is still a tremendous opportunity to optimize and enhance IT infrastructure. And, as Selipsky explained, AWS continues to be the best place for this to happen. Now more than ever, it makes sense to maintain mission-critical workloads on AWS and innovate with the backing of the platform.

Below is a summary of what Selipsky covered and what we can look forward to in 2022 and beyond with AWS.

New Announcements from AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS continues to invest heavily in its already-robust suite of cloud-native tools, products, and solutions. This year, Selipsky announced a slew of upgrades to existing technologies and entirely new services that will enable more organizations to leverage the power of cloud computing.

Here were some of the biggest announcements:

  • A new Graviton3 server chip that performs 25% faster than Graviton2, consumes 60% less energy and offers 3x faster performance for ML workloads.
  • New C7g instances powered by the Graviton3 chip that will better support compute-intensive workloads.
  • New EC2 Trn1 instances that will accelerate and optimize deep learning models with 800 Gbps network bandwidth and better overall price for performance.
  • A new AWS Mainframe Modernization service that empowers organizations to migrate, modernize, and run mainframe workloads seamlessly on AWS. The solution has already proven to cut mainframe migration time by 67%.
  • A new AWS Private 5G service that will allow users to launch and manage their own private mobile network in days with automatic configuration, no per-device charges, and shared spectrum operation. AWS provides all the hardware, software, and SIMs needed for Private 5G, making it a one-stop solution that is the first of its kind.
  • Key updates to AWS Lake Formation, including:
    – Row and cell-level security so that users can restrict access to specific data and only reveal sensitive information to authorized users
    – Transactions for governed tables
  • Serverless and on-demand analytics for Amazon Redshift, Amazon EMR, Amazon MSK, and Amazon Kinesis, which means organizations can now perform advanced analytics without having to worry about provisioning capacity or managing servers.
  • A new Amazon SageMaker Canvas service that provides a point-and-click interface for business users and analysts to generate ML predictions without having to write any code.
  • A new AWS IoT TwinMaker service that simplifies the process of creating and using digital twins for real-world systems.
  • A new AWS IoT Fleetwise service that streamlines how automotive companies collect data from massive fleets, which will be essential in the coming autonomous driving age.

Why AWS is Still the Leader in Cloud Computing

Outside of continuously upgrading its cloud offerings, AWS keeps setting itself apart from other service providers in the market. The platform, now in its 15th year, has 81 Availability Zones, 250+ services, 475 instance types to support virtually any workload. And it has an always-evolving library of solutions designed for highly specific use cases.

AWS is also working hard to enable better security services and seamless integration of data at scale from any source. At a time when edge computing and IoT networks are gaining momentum, the cloud provider is allowing users to tap into AWS capabilities on-premises, at the rugged edge, and through 5G networks.

Given all these characteristics, it’s easy to see why Gartner recognized AWS as a Magic Quadrant leader in 2021. The platform combines the ability to execute along with a complete vision for how all of its technologies come together within one comprehensive ecosystem. That’s why AWS currently supports many of the biggest companies in the world, including United Airlines, Nasdaq, and Dish, and is growing more accessible to smaller organizations every day.

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