Highly anticipated features for the cloud community

As re:Invent, the big annual AWS gathering, comes to a close, our AWS experts take a look back at the big news announced by the hyperscaler and what these features will bring to our customers.

The new features include three key aspects of the work of IT teams specializing in the cloud: migration, management and deployment of new solutions.


Among the announcements, our team first picked out the ability to process applications in waves. Why is this interesting? Most migration projects involve application groupings in batches. Being able to trigger migration scripts on groups of applications will therefore save IT teams time.

Another important announcement is the availability of a fully managed database schema conversion service, DMS Schema Conversion. It will be very useful for the always very complex migration of databases. This service, which is directly integrated into the AWS console, will no longer require the execution of a tool like AWS SCT. This should simplify conversion during migrations via DMS (Data Migration Services). In fact, this new solution automatically converts the source to the target format and brings up any objects that cannot be converted in the process.


On the management side, the security aspect is not left out, including the announcement of Elastic Disaster Recovery, a managed service that will enable the automation of Disaster Recovery Plans. Our experts believe that this service will provide real security in the event of a disaster and will likely save a lot of time in post-disaster recovery.

Also on the security front, Amazon Inspector will now scan Lambda functions (a service widely used for Serverless applications). When the function is triggered, Inspector will launch and report back immediately. This should be a real time-saver for all Lambda users.

Another long-awaited announcement for Cloud Temple and a good number of partners is multi-account support for CloudWatch. Until now, AWS’ monitoring service was restricted to a single account and therefore it was necessary to aggregate metrics in a third-party tool. Now, metrics from multiple accounts show up in one place.


Finally, on the solutions side, our team picked up on the announcement of Amazon ECS’ new service, Service Connect, which will facilitate communication between microservices. This new feature simplifies the creation and operation of resilient distributed applications. Now, it will be possible to add a resiliency layer to your Elastic Container Services (ECS) service communication and get traffic information without having to modify your application code.

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