For anybody anticipating the brand new Amazon Web Services’ CEO Adam Selipsky to beat a brand new path for the cloud behemoth, Tuesday’s keynote handle at AWS’s annual consumer convention would have come as a disappointment.
The former Tableau CEO—who returned to AWS earlier this 12 months when Andy Jassy ascended to the Amazon CEO throne—was by no means going to be charged with setting a drastic new course for the dominant cloud vendor, which maintains a wholesome double-digit market share lead over its rivals Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
However, a pair of pre-conference interviews with Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal hinted at a simplified, industry-focused strategy from the brand new CEO, who held up Amazon’s cloud contact heart product Amazon Connect as a great instance of how AWS may simplify its choices for much less cloud-savvy prospects sooner or later.
As Matt Asay wrote for InfoWorld forward of the present, “It’s a safe bet to take Selipsky at his word and assume the company is going to try to tame its Byzantine service creep (more than 200 services and counting) for customers with vertical industry solutions.” While taming the Byzantine service creep could also be forthcoming, it was not on show the primary day of re:Invent.
Major AWS re:Invent bulletins
Even although he spoke for an hour lower than his boss sometimes used to, Selipsky took a leaf out of Jassy’s playbook by persevering with to make a large variety of bulletins throughout his re:Invent keynote, specializing in three key areas: compute, networking, and information, in that order.
This included new compute choices, reminiscent of c7g, a brand new EC2 occasion powered by Graviton3, the most recent iteration of its Arm-based customized silicon portfolio. These situations promise to function 25% quicker on common for compute workloads and higher nonetheless for specialised cryptographic or machine studying workloads.
Another occasion known as Trn1 was launched in preview, which is the primary to make use of the Trainium chip that was introduced final 12 months. Trn1 guarantees greater efficiency for compute-intensive machine studying coaching use circumstances, full with 800 Gbps of community bandwidth capability.
Selipsky additionally set his sights on a big cohort of consumers who nonetheless run Cobol functions on mainframes by its new AWS Mainframe Modernization program. “Many customers are trying to get off mainframes to get the agility and elasticity of the cloud,” he stated.
Regardless of whether or not prospects wish to merely re-platform or completely refactor their present mainframe functions into microservices, AWS says it will possibly cut back the time it takes emigrate by as much as two thirds by routinely recompiling code to run on a brand new “mainframe-compatible EC2 runtime” or routinely refactor the Cobol code to Java for you, Selipsky stated.
As the developer and ex-AWS worker Tim Bray tweeted throughout the keynote: “Big enterprise customers with traditional apps are where it’s at. The world of cloud-native people/apps is invisible.”
On the info facet, the large launch was SageMaker Canvas, an extension to the cloud vendor’s present machine studying workbench that goals to allow non-developers to construct machine studying fashions utilizing a point-and-click interface. AWS additionally launched serverless choices for the Redshift, Elastic MapReduce, Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, and Kinesis analytics providers suddenly.
Not introduced on stage, however doubtlessly extremely attention-grabbing for builders, was the launch of a brand new open supply Kubernetes cluster autoscaling instrument known as Carpenter. Karpenter is aimed toward serving to builders transfer away from guide cluster right-sizing by offering “just-in-time compute resources to meet your application’s needs and will soon automatically optimize a cluster’s compute resource footprint to reduce costs and improve performance,” principal developer advocate Channy Yun wrote in a weblog submit.
What subsequent for Selipsky and AWS?
There is in fact the likelihood that this 12 months’s occasion, which landed throughout the center of a worldwide pandemic, got here on the flawed time for Selipsky to make any main adjustments to a enterprise that would realistically hit $60 billion in income this 12 months.
The new CEO did trace at his imaginative and prescient throughout his remaining feedback, the place he parroted Jassy in saying that AWS is “only getting started” and that there’s nonetheless loads of cloud market to be captured by making AWS “more powerful, more intelligent, and easier to use.” The final of these vows may be his largest take a look at to come back.
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