Last year, AWS CEO Adam Selipsky delivered a smashing keynote address. He shared about the company’s commitment to investing further in its already-impressive suite of cloud-native solutions. He introduced new features like Amazon SageMaker Canvas, a Graviton3 server chip, and a new Mainframe Modernization service.

The AWS CEO also made an interesting point. Even with all the advancements we’ve seen in cloud computing technology, we are still in the early stages. There is tremendous opportunity and potential left in cloud computing, and AWS is ready to capitalize.

This is great news for us at ClearScale, as we’ve gone all in on AWS. In 2022, we helped organizations worldwide migrate to the cloud, launch new services, and implement powerful technologies, all on AWS. We love what the cloud services provider offers, and we’re honored to be an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner.

But AWS’ continued commitment to the cloud is also great news for those who have yet to make the transition. The great news is that it’s not too late to move critical IT infrastructure to AWS. In fact, it’s the perfect time to modernize and pursue digital transformation that could change your organization forever.

To that end, here’s a recap of Adam Selipsky’s most exciting talking points from his 2022 re:Invent keynote presentation. The takeaway is clear: things are only getting better on AWS.

What is AWS Prioritizing?

Before diving into specific feature and service announcements, we wanted to point out how AWS is thinking about its role as a cloud services provider. Adam Selipsky covered many areas in his keynote address. But it’s clear that AWS is still prioritizing its position as an enabler of innovation, scalability, big data management, and infrastructure security.

On the innovation front, AWS is empowering organizations to cut time to market dramatically – by 43% on average and over 60% for some. Furthermore, the power of AI/ML is more accessible than ever through services like Amazon SageMaker, with solutions like Amazon Aurora and Redshift Serverless also serving as essential analytics tools for modern enterprises.

Some customers are also saving 30% on IT costs on AWS, with one business estimating it will save $60M over the next five years. When it comes to data governance, AWS recognizes the need to strike the balance between security and access. Today, 85% of AWS’ largest 2,000 customers use Amazon GuardDuty to detect threats across AWS accounts. Cloud security is clearly top of mind for leaders.

Adam Selipsky also took the opportunity to point out how these capabilities make AWS attractive for uncertain economic times. Like what we’re facing today. The cloud is the best way to improve cost-effectiveness while getting more out of IT infrastructure. Rather than shy away from the cloud, organizations should lean in next year.

Looking outside of specific AWS offerings, the cloud vendor is heavily committed to sustainability. The company is currently a leading purchaser of renewable energy and is committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2025. This will be a priority for many years to come.

What’s Coming Down the AWS Pipeline

In addition to giving a general overview of AWS’ vision for the future, Adam Selipsky announced major improvements to existing solutions. And he covered new services to address the biggest pain points of modern IT innovation.

Here’s a list of what we’re most excited about:

  • Amazon OpenSearch Serverless: a serverless add-on to OpenSearch. It empowers users to perform interactive analytics, real-time application monitoring, and more without having to manage infrastructure.
  • Amazon Aurora zero-ETL integration with Amazon Redshift: a new integration that removes the need to move data and create data pipelines between these two services. Updates happen automatically and continuously to allow the potential for near-real-time analytics and ML on transactional data.
  • Amazon Redshift integration for Apache Spark: a new integration that enables users to perform Apache Spark functions directly on top of Amazon Redshift data. It’s a move in the direction of a zero-ETL future.
  • Amazon DataZone: a new data management service that allows users to catalog, discover, share, and govern data at scale through an intuitive web portal.
  • ML-powered forecasting with Amazon QuickSight Q: an improvement to the business intelligence service that allows users to make voice requests to have Q forecast metrics into the future. The update can even answer “why” questions and help analysts determine correlations and potential causations between data points.
  • Amazon Security Lake: a new data lake service that makes it easy for security teams to analyze security data at petabyte scale. Security Lake is optimized for security data and supports the OCSF standard that AWS helped create.
  • AWS SimSpace Weaver: a new service for running large-scale spatial simulations without having to manage infrastructure.
  • Amazon Connect: a suite of updates to Amazon Connect to make it easier for support teams to meet customer needs.
  • AWS Supply Chain: a new application that enhances supply chain visibility by giving users a unified view of supply chain data and pre-trained ML models.
  • AWS Clean Rooms: a new service that helps users create clean rooms for sharing data and conducting analyses without compromising data security.
  • Amazon Omics: a new service that supports large-scale analytics for genomic and other omics data – crucial for many healthcare organizations.

Go Further on AWS with ClearScale

2023 is going to be another fantastic year for AWS users. It’s only getting easier to automate critical IT processes, leverage AI/ML, and launch IoT applications. Big data also feels less “big” on the cloud. And development teams have more capacity to focus on the most exciting stuff. But this assumes a baseline level of cloud computing knowledge and familiarity with AWS.

For those who have limited cloud experience or capacity to tackle that next digital transformation project, we can help. We’ve earned 11 AWS competencies and completed over 1,000 cloud projects to date and continue to support clients in all industries.

More importantly, we’re much more than technical experts. We work closely with our clients to ensure that whatever we do moves them closer to their goals. After all, the cloud is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. We keep this in mind with every project.

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