AWS Continues to Push Data at reInvent 2015 AWS reInvent conference Day 2 keynote, the spotlight was on Internet of Things (IoT). The keynote address was delivered by’s CTO Werner Vogels. He treated attendees to another round of product announcements, following Wednesday’s flurry. The AWS IoT platform is now in beta, and it was the highlight of his presentation. Vogels presented AWS IoT following a long slideshow of real-world examples. These examples included Internet-connected consumer devices as well as industrial and municipal implementations. They also covered biometrics, genomics, and genomics. Vogels stated that developing apps for IoT is a “lot of heavy lifting”. AWS IoT, however, aims to ease that burden by providing developers with an easy way to connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS IoT was created to assist developers in building, deploying and managing IoT applications. It allows developers to connect devices to their AWS cloud apps. It also includes a rules-based engine that collects and processes data, a registry to store data and security capabilities to protect that data. Vogels explained that the feature “Device Shadows” allows IoT devices to be restored back to their desired state after they have been offline. Vogels also announced Amazon Kinesis Analytics in a Big Data announcement. It will be available next year. Vogels described Kinesis Analytics to be a “SQL based time series analytics for streaming information.” It is compatible with Kinesis Firehose which AWS had unveiled earlier in the Day 1 keynote presentation. Other Announcements Vogels’ keynote presentation featured many other product announcements, including:

  • Two new EC2 instance types are available: The X1 is based on Intel Xeon E7 V3 processor. It supports 2TB of memory and will be available in first half 2016. The T2.nano will be available later in the year to support very small loads.
  • The Amazon EC2 Container Registry. Vogels described it as a “fully managed” service where developers can store and launch containers images. The registry will be made available later in the year.
  • Lambda improvements: AWS Lambda now supports Python. Other features include VPC support and scheduled functions, long-running functions, and custom retry logic.
  • The AWS Mobile Hub: In beta, the Mobile Hub allows developers to create mobile apps on AWS using a simple three-step process.