AWS Announcements at a Glance: The Highlights from AWS in September 2021

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As usual, it’s been an action-filled month of announcements, updates, and news from Amazon Web Services. What follows isn’t an exhaustive list of all September 2021 AWS announcements, but a curated selection to assist enterprise thought leaders with cloud, cloud adoption, and cloud native services within their organizations. This month’s announcements include an update to Amazon FSx, updates to Amazon S3, new managed connectors for MSK Connect, and a new and exciting way to extend your Amazon EKS workloads.

Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

FSx continues to improve and expand, and Amazon has announced FSx for NetApp ONTAP, a fully-managed enterprise data management service for Netapp ONTAP file systems. You can now import on-premises workloads that rely on ONTAP to AWS, taking advantage of the AWS cloud’s scalability, security, and resiliency. To learn more about FSx for NetApp ONTAP, visit the product announcement page.

Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering

Amazon S3 has always been the most cost-effective storage service in AWS. That trend continues with Amazon’s announcement that:

  • Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering now has no minimum storage duration for all objects
  • Monitoring and automation charges are no longer collected for objects smaller than 128 KB

Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering is typically used to store shared sets of data that is used across multiple teams for different purposes, such as analytics, machine learning, real-time monitoring, or data lakes. Previously, data using Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering had a 30 day storage requirement. This restriction has been removed. In addition, objects less than 128 KB will no longer be subject to monitoring and automation charges.

If Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering looks like it could be a fit, take a look at the news page and also check out their product page.

Amazon MSK Connect Managed Connectors for Apache Kafka Clusters

Amazon MSK Connect allows you to deploy connectors using Kafka Connect easily and quickly. This fully automated services provisions the required resources and creates the cluster. In addition, health, delivery state, and patch management are all part of the installation. Amazon MSK Connect is also fully compatible with Kafka Connect, so migrating your existing connectors to the service can be done with no refactoring. And because of this compatibility, you can use it with Apache Kafka and Apache Kafka compatible clusters as sources and sinks, in addition to Amazon MSK.

For more information, as well as an in-depth walk-through demo, see the announcement. To learn more about Amazon MSK Connect, check out the product page here.

Amazon EKS Anywhere

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) is a great way to run managed Kubernetes in AWS, and now you can use Amazon EKS in your own data centers. With Amazon EKS Anywhere, you can create, operate, and manage Kubernetes clusters on premises using VMWare vSphere, using the same tools you use to operate your EKS installs in your AWS account.

Interested in more information on EKS Anywhere? Check out the full announcement, which includes a walk-through demo.

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