AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote summary

AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote summary

AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote

Day Three of AWS re:Invent 2017 was a real kicker. The keynote presentation by AWS CEO Andy Jassy was awesome. The keynote started a bit slow for me and I’m not a big fan of the whole “I’m bigger and bolder and rougher and tougher” thing with all the numbers, charts and Magic Quadrants … but I get it. AWS is big, it’s here and it’s here to stay.


Once Andy got to the announcements, the pace was incredible. There were over 10 updates, new features or entire new services announced at re:Invent 2017. That’s an insane number. The pace of innovation at AWS is incredible. I will try to summarize these announcements in this blogpost:


  • Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances with Direct Access to Hardware
  • New instance type: M5 – The Next Generation of General-Purpose EC2 Instances
  • New instace type: H1 Instances – Fast, Dense Storage for Big Data Applications
  • Streamlined Access to Spot Capacity, Smooth Price Changes and Instance Hibernation
  • Introducing AWS Fargate
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes


  • Aurora Multi-master
  • Amazon Aurora Serverless
  • Amazon DynamoDB On-Demand Backup
  • Amazon Neptune
  • Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables
  • Amazon Neptune


  • S3 Select
  • Glacier Select

Machine Learning

  • Amazon SageMaker
  • AWS DeepLens
  • Welcoming Amazon Rekognition VideoAmazon Kinesis Video Streams
  • Amazon Transcribe
  • Introducing Amazon Translate
  • Amazon Comprehend

Please have a look at for a description of all the new services and updates announced at re:Invent. From my personal interest I’m most excited about the new container services. If I can find a quiet place to work today, I will try to do a more elaborate write-up of these two new services: Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (EKS) and Fargate.

Have a good day!


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