AWS Weekly Update

Keeping up with AWS updates can feel like chasing the wind. With a plethora of services continually evolving, it's crucial to stay informed about the latest advancements. Here are the most newsworthy AWS updates from the past week, designed to boost your cloud operations and development workflows.

1. Amazon RDS Updates

  • One-click Instance Profile Creation for RDS Custom SQL Server Instances

    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Starting today, RDS Custom for SQL Server database instance creation is simplified with single-click creation and attachment of an instance profile. You can choose “Create a new instance profile” and provide an instance profile name for Create database, Restore snapshot, and Restore to Point-in-time options within the RDS Management Console. Click to read more.
  • Amazon RDS Multi-AZ Deployment with Two Readable Standbys Supports 6 Additional AWS Regions

    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployment with two readable standbys now supports six additional AWS regions, enhancing data availability and resilience. Click to read more.

2. Amazon Bedrock Innovations

  • Claude 3 Sonnet and Haiku Now Available in Amazon Bedrock in the Europe (Frankfurt) Region
    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Beginning today, customers in the Europe (Frankfurt) region can access Claude 3 Sonnet and Haiku in Amazon Bedrock to easily build and scale generative AI applications. Amazon Bedrock is a fully managed service that offers a choice of high-performing large language models (LLMs) and other foundational models (FMs) from leading AI companies like AI21 Labs, Anthropic, Cohere, Meta, Mistral AI, Stability AI, as well as Amazon via a single API. Click to read more.

3. Amazon SageMaker Update

  • Amazon SageMaker Canvas Announces Up to 10x Faster Startup Time
    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Amazon SageMaker Canvas now boasts up to 10 times faster startup times, reducing the wait time for users and enabling quicker access to machine learning tools and services. Click to read more.

4. Amazon EC2 Enhancements

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 High Memory U7i Instances
    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Amazon Web Services is announcing general availability for Amazon EC2 High Memory U7i instances, the first DDR5 memory-based 8-socket offering by a leading cloud provider, offering up to 32TiB of memory and 896 vCPUs. Powered by 4th Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, U7i instances have twice as many vCPUs, delivering more than 135% compute performance and up to 45% better price performance versus existing U-1 instances. Click to read more.

5. Amazon MSK Enhancements

  • Amazon MSK Adds Support for Apache Kafka Version 3.7
    • Published: May 29, 2024
    • Summary: Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (MSK) now supports Apache Kafka version 3.7, bringing new features and improvements for efficient streaming applications. Click to read more.


These updates highlight AWS's continuous effort to innovate and enhance its services. From streamlined database management to advanced AI capabilities, AWS ensures that users have access to cutting-edge tools and technologies. Stay tuned for more updates to keep your cloud infrastructure optimized and future-ready.

For detailed information on these updates and more, visit the AWS News Blog.

James Phipps 30 May, 2024
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