Amazon Web Services is live in Las Vegas for the AWS re:Invent event. We expect a rapid flow of announcements and the unveiling of new things as they work.
We know you may not have time to watch the whole thing, so we’ll continue that for the next few days and deliver quick hits on the biggest news as it’s announced, all in one easy-to-digest, easy-to-skim list. Here we are!
Stay tuned for more developments throughout the day.
Wednesday, Nov. 29
You read that right, Amazon has joined the ranks of other tech giants to finally release its own image generator. Kyle reports that the Titan Image Generator is now available in preview for AWS customers and can create new images when given a text description or customize existing images. Read more.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
The big announcement for the day was Amazon Q, an AI-powered chatbot for AWS customers. During his keynote, AWS CEO Adam Selipsky described it as being able to “quickly chat, create content and take actions. It’s all informed by an understanding of your systems, your data repository and your operations. Kyle reports that Q is trained in 17 years worth of AWS knowledge and goes beyond answering questions – it also does things like understanding the nuances of workloads in app and propose AWS solutions and products for apps that run in seconds Read more.
Guardrails for Amazon Bedrock
The new Guardrails for Amazon Bedrock tool allows companies to specify and limit the types of languages that can be used in a model. For example, define off-limits topics for the model, so it doesn’t answer irrelevant questions, Ron wrote. Read more.
Amazon has unveiled its latest generation of chips for model training and inferencing (ie, running trained models). Kyle writes that Amazon is already talking about AWS Trainium2, which is designed to provide up to 4x better performance and 2x better energy efficiency than the first generation Trainium. The second chip announced this morning, called Graviton4, is intended for inferencing. The fourth generation of Amazon’s Graviton chip family (as indicated by the “4” added to “Graviton”), it differs from Amazon’s other inferencing chip, Inferentia. Read more.
Amazon S3 Express One Zone
Amazon has a major update to the S3 object storage service called Amazon S3 Express One Zone, a new high-performance and low latency tier for S3. Frederic reports that One Zone will offer a significant performance boost for data-intensive applications, including AI/ML training, financial modeling and high-performance computing. Read more.
Amazon announced three new serverless offerings to facilitate the management of its Aurora, ElastiCache and Redshift serverless services. Ron writes, “Since each of these options is serverless, it means Amazon manages all the hardware in the background, and delivers the right amount of resources you need, scaling as needed without IT has to deal with all the back-end management work.” Read more.
Now that’s with your palm
AWS has taken the wraps off a new palm-scanning identification service that allows companies to authenticate people when entering a physical location. Paul reports that Amazon One Enterprise builds on the company’s existing Amazon One offering, which debuted in 2020 to enable biometric payments at its own cashless stores powered by Amazon’s surveillance . Visitors to Amazon Go stores can associate their payment card with their palm print, allowing them to enter the store and complete their transaction by waving their hand over a scanner. Read more.
Virtual desktop environment
Amazon has launched new $195 devices that allow business users to access virtual desktop environments, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, over the internet. Sarah writes that the devices are based on Fire TV Cube hardware – a decision made by Amazon to use existing expertise from the retail giant’s arm that produces streaming media players. The company explained its decision to develop new hardware from customer feedback about wanting to lower IT spending by replacing desktops and laptops with less expensive hardware. Read more.