Whats New In Data: re:invent Andy Jassy Keynote

Glue Elastic Views

Most data teams and customers I work with have data in multiple places. You might have a CRM system, an accounts system, document management etc. Bringing all this data together and keeping it up to date in a ‘single customer view’ for analytics workloads is something data engineers spend a lot of time thinking about.

Quicksight Q

I was already a fan of QuickSight due to the pay per session pricing. It works really well when you consider the minimum user licensing for some other data visualisation tools.

New gp3 EBS Volumes

You can now scale your storage volume performance independent of storage capacity. Oh and it’s up to 20% cheaper than gp2.

Aurora Serverless v2

v2 now claims to be able to scale instantly in a fraction of a second. The scaling is adjusted in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount of database resources that the application needs.

Babelfish for PostgreSQL

I’ve seen quite a number of database workload migrations to the cloud. Often these will also include moving from a commercial database engine to an open source engine like PostgreSQL. There are tools like AWS DMS and Qlik Replicate that do a good job of handing the data migration and conversion of data types. What is often is more time consuming is migration of database code such as PL/SQL to the open source equivalent.

SageMaker Data Wrangler

In some industries up to 92% of analytics project time is spent doing data wrangling (sourcing, ETL, cleaning etc) in order to get ready for the actual Machine Learning and Analytics workloads.

SageMaker Feature Store

Like data wrangling feature engineering can be a time consuming process. Once completed it makes sense to be able to share the results with other people who might be developing machine learning workloads based on the same datasets.

SageMaker Pipelines

Bringing CI/CD to machine learning workloads SageMaker Pipelines has been launched to help you automate different steps of the ML workflow, including data loading, data transformation, training and tuning, and deployment.

Whats Next?

It’s been a great start to re:Invent I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.



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Matt Houghton

Matt Houghton


Data Architect @CDL_Software , AWS Community Builder, 13 x AWS Certified. Qlik Global Luminary 50.