Starting today, Amazon QuickSight customers can log user actions within their QuickSight accounts using AWS CloudTrail for governance, compliance and auditing purposes. With this feature, customers can continuously log, monitor and retain events associated with Amazon QuickSight, and answer questions on Who, When and What with regards to data access in QuickSight, to comply with corporate policies.
AWS CloudFormation adds support for Amazon Cognito, EBS Elastic Volumes and updates resource coverage
CloudFormation updated support for new resources:
- Create an Amazon Cognito identity pool.
- Manage the role configuration for an Amazon Cognito identity pool.
- Create an Amazon Cognito user pool.
- Create an Amazon Cognito user pool client.
- Create a user group in an Amazon Cognito user pool.
- Create an Amazon Cognito user pool user.
- Attach a user to an Amazon Cognito user pool group.
You can now use upgraded versions of Presto (0.170), Apache Zeppelin (0.7.1), and Hue (3.12.0) on Amazon EMR release 5.5.0. Presto 0.170 includes support for LDAP authentication and various improvements and bug fixes. Hue 3.12.0 adds new features to the SQL editor, timeline and pivot graphing for visualization, and email notifications for Apache Oozie workflow completion. Additionally, we incorporated several improvements for Apache Flink and resiliency for Apache Spark, and we backported a bug fix for Spark 2.1.0 integration in Oozie.
You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) to exchange sensitive data between applications using server-side encryption (SSE) integrated with the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices – at any scale. You can use Amazon SQS to take advantage of the scale, cost, and operational benefits of a managed messaging service. The addition of server-side encryption allows you to transmit sensitive data with the increased security of using encrypted queues.
AWS Config now supports pre-built and custom rules in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.
AWS Mobile Hub Adds Export/Import for Snapshotting and Repeatable Deployment of Projects Through the Development Lifecycle
Starting today you can import and export AWS Mobile Hub projects with their associated AWS resources. This feature will allow developers to export, import and share their project configurations in an easily editable text file format (YAML). They can duplicate projects in the same AWS account or across accounts, for easier team collaboration and sharing. Each import of an exported project creates an identical isolated stack of AWS resources that provides a separate, independent, consistent development and testing environment.
We are excited to announce the availability of Hardware Multi-Factor Authentication (HW MFA) in AWS GovCloud (US). The GovCloud-specific tokens are distributed by SurePassID, a third-party digital security company, and implement the OATH TOTP standard. Hardware MFA provides an extra level of security for GovCloud accounts, by prompting users for a token-based authentication code in addition to their username and password, before they can sign in. The MFA token keys are stored in GovCloud with the separate Identity and Access Management (IAM) stack to ensure logical isolation from other regions during authentication. Tokens are available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Amazon Inspector announces availability of Assessment Reports, and the launch of support for Amazon Linux 2017.03
Today, Amazon Inspector has announced availability of assessment reports for all security assessments. Starting today, you will have the ability to view and download assessment reports, which document the details of what was tested as part of the assessment run, and the specific results for each rules package assessed. The report contains an executive summary of the assessment, the list of instances targeted, the rules packages tested, the rules that generated findings, details of findings, and optionally the list of rules that passed without any findings. Assessment reports can be viewed and downloaded from the “Assessment Runs” tab of the Inspector console. Reports are available in html and pdf format, and are also available through the Inspector API and CLI.
Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.9 Now Available, Adds Player Account Cloud Gem, Improved Component Entity System, Particle Editor Updates, and More
We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.9, the biggest release yet for Amazon’s free AAA game engine. This release is a direct result of customer feedback, with over 473 improvements, fixes, and features. Some highlights include:
• A new Player Account Cloud Gem that provides a customizable, stand-alone solution for player authentication and management. In as little as 30 minutes, an engineer can build and launch a player account system in their game—a task that would typically take 2-3 engineers several months to accomplish.
• A new Component Entity system that helps developers create complex, working entities faster and with minimal effort. This update includes automatic exposure of component features to designers, a new warning system for missing or mistaken configurations, usability improvements to the Entity Inspector, and more.
• New GPU features and emitter types for the particle editor, so you can fill game worlds with visually stunning effects. New emitter types include point, sphere, circle, box, and beam.
• Much more, including a new one-step, express installation process, support for both Z-up and Y-up world coordinates in the FBX importer, improved search functionality for the Asset Browser, Component Entity and Lua support for the UI Editor and Twitch Metastream, and support for versioned Gems.
Amazon WorkDocs iOS App Now Lets You Save Files Directly to WorkDocs, and Open Files Stored in Your WorkDocs Account Using Other Apps on Your Device
The Amazon WorkDocs iOS app now supports file sharing between the WorkDocs app and other apps on your iPhone or iPad, provided they also support file sharing across apps. You can send files from the app you’re using to your WorkDocs app so you can store them in your WorkDocs account. You can save photos from your Camera Roll into WorkDocs, making it easy to capture and store whiteboard content and handwritten notes. Using the share button in the WorkDocs app, you can send files to other apps on your device, which allows you to open files for editing using applications like Microsoft Word and Apple Keynote (and save the changes back to WorkDocs), send files stored in WorkDocs using email and other popular messaging apps, and save email attachments directly to WorkDocs.
Starting today, Amazon RDS enables you to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access for Amazon RDS for MySQL DB instances and Amazon Aurora DB clusters. Database administrators can now associate database users with IAM users and roles. By using IAM, you can manage user access to all AWS resources from a single location, avoiding issues caused by permissions that are out of sync on different AWS resources.
You can now send messages to and receive messages from Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (first-in-first-out) queues with applications that use the Java Message Service (JMS). Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service that enables reliable communication between distributed software components and microservices at any scale. Amazon SQS FIFO queues, the newest queue type, are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved, and that each message is processed exactly once.
We are excited to announce a new edge location for Amazon CloudFront in Atlanta, Georgia. Each new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application. This is our third edge location in the Atlanta area, bringing the total number of CloudFront locations to 85 (including 74 points of presence and 11 regional edge cache locations). To see a full list of all Amazon CloudFront locations, please visit our website here. Meet with the CloudFront team at one of our upcoming webinars.
This new Quick Start automatically deploys a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 environment that receives its storage and data management capabilities from a NetApp ONTAP Cloud system running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to enable Internet access for your image builder and fleet instances without the need for advanced network configuration. Providing Internet access to your instances allows your applications to access online resources such as application updates and licensing services, and your users to access documents, tutorials, and other information from the Internet.
Amazon Redshift announces query monitoring rules (QMR), a new feature that automates workload management, and a new function to calculate percentiles
You can use the new Amazon Redshift query monitoring rules feature to set metrics-based performance boundaries for workload management (WLM) queues, and specify what action to take when a query goes beyond those boundaries. For example, for a queue that’s dedicated to short running queries, you might create a rule that aborts queries that run for more than 60 seconds. To track poorly designed queries, you might have another rule that logs queries that contain nested loops. We also provide pre-defined rule templates in the Amazon Redshift management console to get you started.
Use the Enhanced AWS Price List API to Access AWS Service- and Region-Specific Product and Pricing Information
Starting today, the AWS Price List API can return product and pricing information for specific AWS services and regions. Previously, the API returned product and pricing information for a service for all AWS regions at once. You can now create more precise requests that return product and pricing information for the AWS service and region of interest.
For example, using this API you can get the product and pricing information for Amazon S3 in the us-east-1 region:
https://pricing.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/offers/v1.0/aws/AmazonS3/current/us-east-1/index.json or https://pricing.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/offers/v1.0/aws/AmazonS3/current/us-east-1/index.csv
The AWS Service Delivery Program helps AWS customers find qualified APN Partners that have demonstrated the ability to provide expertise in a specific service or skill area. AWS Service Catalog partners help create catalogs of IT services that are approved by the customer’s organization for use on AWS. With AWS Service Catalog, customers and partners can centrally manage commonly deployed IT services to help achieve consistent governance and meet compliance requirements while enabling users to self-provision approved services.
Attach an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role to your existing Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS GovCloud region
You can now attach or replace an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role to your existing Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS GovCloud region.
Amazon Lex is now generally available for all customers. Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into your application using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to developers, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language conversational bots.
Amazon Rekognition can now detect explicit and suggestive adult content in images, enabling you to protect users from inappropriate content. Beyond flagging an image based on presence of adult content, Image Moderation also returns a hierarchical list of labels with confidence scores. These labels indicate specific categories of adult content, thus providing more granular control to developers to filter and manage large volumes of user generated content (UGC).
Introducing Amazon Redshift Spectrum: Run Amazon Redshift Queries directly on Datasets as Large as an Exabyte in Amazon S3
Today we announced the general availability of Amazon Redshift Spectrum, a new feature that allows you to run SQL queries against exabytes of data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). With Redshift Spectrum, you can extend the analytic power of Amazon Redshift beyond data stored on local disks in your data warehouse to query vast amounts of unstructured data in your Amazon S3 “data lake” — without having to load or transform any data. Redshift Spectrum applies sophisticated query optimization, scaling processing across thousands of nodes so results are fast – even with large data sets and complex queries.
Amazon Polly Introduces a new Whispered Voice Tag, and Speech Marks for Synchronization with Visual Animation
You can now add a whispered speech effect in your Text-to-Speech output with Amazon Polly, and synchronize speech with visual animation using Speech Marks. To create voices with a whispered effect, you simply use the SSML tag “whispered” to mark the text input to be spoken in a hushed or whispered voice. This tag can be applied to any of the 47 voices in Amazon Polly’s Text-to-Speech portfolio. Visit the Amazon Polly documentation for more information on how to use the new “whispered” SSML tag.
Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) added support for service-linked roles, a new type of role that gives you an easier and more secure way to delegate permissions to AWS services. You can start by using service-linked roles with Amazon Lex, a service that enables you to build conversational interfaces in any application using voice and text.