Last week, Amazon’s AWS re:Invent 2019 conference welcomed more than 60,000 attendees, spread out across six venues on the Las Vegas Strip, which promised to make re:Invent 2019 the biggest re:Invent yet.
Here is a list of just some of the announcements the cloud giants made over the course of the conference:
AWS Local Zone
AWS announced the opening of an AWS Local Zone in Los Angeles (LA). AWS Local Zones are a new type of AWS infrastructure deployment that place compute, storage, database, and other select services close to customers, giving developers in LA the ability to deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latencies to end-users in LA.
The cloud giants unveiled nine new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) innovations. AWS added to its industry-leading compute and networking innovations with new Arm-based instances (M6g, C6g, R6g) powered by AWS-designed processors in Graviton2, machine learning inference instances (Inf1) powered by AWS-designed Inferentia chips.
AWS announced general availability of AWS Outposts, fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with AWS-designed hardware that allow customers to run compute and storage on-premises while connecting to AWS’s broad array of services in the cloud.
AWS Outposts bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data centre, co-location space, or on-premises facility.
AWS announced AWS Wavelength, which provides developers the ability to build applications that serve end-users with single-digit millisecond latencies over the 5G network.
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Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of telecommunications providers’ 5G networks, enabling developers to serve use-cases that require ultra-low latency like machine learning inference at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Quantum Computing Service
AWS announced three initiatives as a part of the company’s plans to help advance quantum computing technologies:
- Amazon Braket is a new, fully managed AWS service that enables scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from quantum hardware providers (including D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti) in a single place.
- AWS Centre for Quantum Computing will bring together quantum computing experts from Amazon, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and other top academic research institutions to collaborate on the research and development of new quantum computing technologies.
- Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab is a program that connects customers with quantum computing experts from Amazon and its technology and consulting partners to develop internal expertise aimed at identifying practical uses of quantum computing and accelerating the development of quantum applications with meaningful impact.
“There’s no question the world will be a better place if everyone can innovate more quickly and efficiently,” said Charlie Bell, SVP, Amazon Web Services.
“And if stuff just works better. For that reason, I’m excited that we are sharing what we’ve learned with you in the Amazon Builders’ Library.”
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services
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