AWS re:Invent 2016 – Key Announcements

Dec 16 2016
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Comunet were fortunate enough to attend Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) global annual conference, re:Invent 2016 a few weeks ago. Over the course of several days in Las Vegas, AWS announced several major releases and updates to their cloud platform and we wanted to highlight some of the exciting news that emerged from this event. Read on to find out more.

AWS and AI

AWS announced that they are making their first foray into artificial intelligence (AI), with the release of new services that capitalise on deep learning technologies. The first of which is their Reckognition program, which provides image recognition services. They also announced a new service called Polly, which translates typed text into verbal speech. Polly supports 24 languages and 47 voices. Best of all, you can use Polly in your AWS account to process up to 5 million characters per month for free.

However, the one AI announcement that really captured people’s attention is Amazon Lex. Some of you may already be familiar with the Alexa platform that is used in Amazon’s Echo, the wireless speaker that you can control with your voice. Lex is essentially the technology that underpins Alexa. By opening up Lex to the public, AWS is giving developers the opportunity to power chatbots on popular communication platforms such as Facebook Messenger and Slack. Lex will allow users to submit text or audio and specify the response to that submission.

Using Glue for Business Intelligence

For anyone who has engaged in a business intelligence (BI) project, you will understand how important it is to ensure your data is as clean as possible before commencing analysis. Thankfully, AWS has launched a new cloud-based service to help you prepare your data for this task. AWS Glue automatically runs programs to clean up data from multiple sources. This is very handy if you already have your data stored on-premises and are keen to move it into the cloud.

Managed Services for Large Organisations

Larger organisations who have thought about the cloud, but are hesitant about making the transition, will be pleased to know that AWS are launching their own Managed Services platform. AWS Managed Services will provide enterprise-level tools for backing up data, patching software and operating systems, in addition tracking spending. This is excellent news for businesses that are looking for high-level solutions for their technology systems.

As you can see, AWS re:Invent 2016 had some major announcements that will change the way that organisations interact with the cloud. As an AWS Partner, Comunet are excited about helping you to experience the benefits of these new features. If you are keen to find out more, be sure to contact us today. In the meantime, stay tuned for more news about AWS and the cloud on the Comunet blog.