Announcing AWS Snowblade for U.S Department of Defense JWCC customers

AWS announces the availability of AWS Snowblade for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract customers. AWS Snowblade is designed to provide AWS compute, storage, and other hybrid services in remote locations, including Denied, Disrupted, Intermittent, and Limited (DDIL) environments for the DoD. AWS Snowblade is the first AWS Snow Family device designed to meet US Military Ruggedization Standards (MIL-STD-810H), enabling JWCC defense customers to run their operations in edge locations that can be subject to extreme temperatures, vibrations, and shocks. With support for 208 vCPU in a portable, compact 5U, half-rack width form-factor, AWS Snowblade is the densest compute device of the AWS Snow Family allowing JWCC customers to run demanding workloads in space, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained edge locations.

AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights security profiles now include FedRAMP authorization

In AWS Marketplace, customers can now filter for products with Vendor Insights security profiles that are FedRAMP authorized or in process. With AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights, you can complete third-party software risk assessments in days instead of months. Vendor Insights serves buyers who need help to efficiently validate that third-party software meets their business compliance needs. Vendor Insights also serves sellers who want to showcase their strong security posture, while reducing the operational burden from responding to buyer requests for risk assessment information.

AWS Control Tower increases account access configuration flexibility

Today, AWS Control Tower announced additional landing zone flexibility. Customers can now select whether AWS Control Tower sets up AWS account access with AWS IAM Identity Center (successor to AWS Single Sign-On), or they can self-manage AWS account access with AWS IAM Identity Center or use another method. AWS Control Tower continues to deliver an opinionated configuration following AWS best practices, while recognizing that some customers have existing configurations or bespoke business needs that require deviation from AWS Control Tower’s standard configuration. Customers can opt into Control Tower governed IAM Identity Center directory groups and permissions sets at any time. 

Amazon EMR on EKS now supports Spark Operator and spark-submit

We are excited to announce that Amazon EMR on EKS now supports Spark Operator and spark-submit as new job submission models for Apache Spark, in addition to the existing StartJobRun API. With today’s launch, you now have the flexibility to submit your Apache Spark jobs via your preferred submission model on Amazon EMR on EKS without needing to change your application.

SageMaker Automatic Model Tuning automatically chooses tuning configurations

Amazon SageMaker Automatic Model Tuning is now able to automatically choose hyperparameter ranges, search strategy, maximum runtime of a tuning job, early stopping type for training jobs, number of times to retry a training job, and model convergence flag to stop a tuning job, based on the objective metric you provide. This minimizes the time required for you to kickstart your tuning process and increases the chances of finding more accurate models with a lower budget.

Announcing Live Tail in Amazon CloudWatch Logs, providing real-time exploration of logs

We are excited to announce Amazon CloudWatch Logs Live Tail, a new interactive log analytics experience feature that helps you detect and debug anomalies in applications. You can now view your logs interactively in real-time as they’re ingested, which helps you to analyze and resolve issues across your systems and applications.

AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces now provides more flexibility routing with path parameters

AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces now supports path parameters in routes for Lambda and URL service endpoints. Refactor Spaces reduces the undifferentiated heavy lifting of building and operating the AWS infrastructure necessary for incremental refactoring, letting you focus on evolving your applications into microservices. With this launch, Refactor Spaces gives you greater control when creating route paths and subpaths making it easier to route traffic to different service endpoints based on the path parameters you use.

AWS IoT Device Management introduces Software Package Catalog

AWS announces the Software Package Catalog preview. This is a new feature of AWS IoT Device Management that enables IoT customers to register, store, and report system software packages, along with their versions and metadata in a centralized location. With Software Package Catalog, you can now easily track and monitor software package versions throughout their fleet, gain valuable insights from a central dashboard, and perform updates targeting devices with specific software version.