AWS re:Invent is one of the go-to conferences of the year if you want to learn how cloud is transforming industries and see what new innovations are driving IT evolution. The theme for this year’s re:Invent was Transformation, and with more than 65,000 customers and partners present in Las Vegas, this year saw the biggest crowd yet.
You must have seen tons of new announcements from both Andy Jassy and Dr. Werner Vogels keynotes (you can read about them in our re:Invent recap blog), however, I want to talk about a few AWS products that didn’t make it into the keynotes but are just as important for you to know.
If you’re an existing AWS customer, you’ve likely been using (or have tried to use) Reserved Instances (RI) or Convertible Reserved Instances. Customers love them because they provide discounts for reserving capacity ahead of time. To everyone’s surprise, AWS announced Compute Savings Plans and EC2 Instance Savings Plans in early November 2019.
Compute Savings Plans provide discounts up to 66% compared to On Demand pricing, while providing a lot of flexibility compared to RI/ Convertible RI (like being able to change region, instance family, operating systems or tenancy). EC2 Instance Savings Plans offer savings up to 72% for your EC2 instances. EC2 Instance Savings Plans provide flexibility in regards to the instance size (within an instance family), and operating system.
Still confused? Listen to AWS and CloudHealth experts break down everything you need to know about Savings Plans in our webinar.
Fargate Spot on Amazon ECS
Similar to Amazon EC2 spot instances, you can now use spare Fargate capacity on Amazon ECS through Fargate spot. AWS will give you a two-minute notification before taking the spot back when they need that extra capacity. Thus, if your tasks cannot tolerate interruptions, this might not be a good solution for those workloads. The tradeoff to this potential interruption is that Fargate spot features help you optimize your cost.
You can learn more about Fargate Spot on Amazon ECS here.
AWS Compute Optimizer
AWS Compute Optimizer analyzes your resource consumption data through CloudWatch metrics (if you have subscribed to those) using machine learning and gives you recommendations to resize your over-provisioned or underutilized resources. You can learn more about AWS Compute Optimizer here. One thing to note is Compute Optimizer is currently limited to 5 regions and supports only a few instance families (i.e. M, C, R, T and X) with a support baseline of 14 days. If you want to rightsize your environment, you also need the right business context and information from multiple sources to make a well-informed decision.
To get rightsizing in a business context, you need a solution like CloudHealth.
Quantum computing sounds like a far into-the-future technology, even today. With the Braket announcement, Amazon wants to establish its market leadership when Quantum computing goes prime time. It’s a fully managed service that allows you to start using quantum computing-as-a-service. Quantum computing services from multiple hardware providers are managed through Amazon Braket.
Learn more about Amazon Braket here.
AWS Cost Categories
AWS Cost Categories, in Public Beta since November, helps customers create custom accounts and tag-based groupings. The groupings are done for cost and usage line items. Cost Categories groupings can be then used for AWS Cost Explorer. Cost categories are limited to cost by tags and accounts that you select and don’t include all the other assets and accounts. It’s important to note that these categories are limited to just cost, and can’t be applied to other areas like policies, rightsizing, and recommendations. Dependency mapping across different assets is a key element that we found missing and is something that can limit what you can do with Cost Categories. However, this feature should work well for companies that are just starting out on their cloud journey.
These were some of the highlights that were not showcased at the keynotes. To learn more about major announcements at re:Invent, watch the CloudHealth webinar.