Day 1 at re:Invent 2022

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I have the pleasure of attending AWS’s annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas to learn about all of the new features and products AWS will be launching this year.

The event is split over multiple hotels, from the Venetian to Mandalay Bay, up and down the strip, with events and sessions happening throughout the week. Getting used to where everything is located is a monumental task, with the hotels being further apart than it seems and even inside the hotel/resorts being a maze to navigate. I managed to get lost in the Venetian on the first day, just looking for the conference halls! I did get to see the impressive simulated sky in the palazzo area in the Venetian, though:

Within the main entrance to the conference halls, AWS has a wall where anyone can write messages:

Once the first few sessions were done, and people had time to register, pick up their badges and swag (a nice hoodie and a water bottle, where you can scan the QR code each time you fill up and AWS will donate to a water charity), the expo hall opened for the first day. The number of people going into the hall was impressive:

I’ve attended some engaging sessions so far on microservices, Service Catalog and the keynotes so far.

In the evening, I also got to catch up with my fellow AWS Ambassadors, and it was great to catch up with the ambassadors I’d met earlier in the year and meet other ambassadors for the first time in person.

Some highlight launches so far:

AWS launches OpenSearch serverless preview:

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2022/11/announcing-amazon-opensearch-serverless-preview/

AWS Lambda SnapStart, speeding up Java function start-up time by up to 10x:

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2022/11/aws-lambda-snapstart-java-functions/

Amazon Datazone sounds interesting, a new way to gather and manage access to data from disparate sources;

https://aws.amazon.com/datazone/

Amazon Inspector now supports Lambda Functions to detect potential malware in code deployed in Lambda, and this is a handy tool for preventing malware and other vulnerabilities:

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2022/11/aws-amazon-inspector-support-aws-lambda-functions/

The Amazon Verified Permissions preview looks to be interesting. A centralised permissions system for applications linked to Cognito could be very useful. Would be interesting to see if this could be combined with AWS AppConfig Feature Flags and have a good way of managing application configurations directly in AWS.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2022/11/amazon-verified-permissions-preview/

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/mt/using-aws-appconfig-feature-flags/