A Crisp Cheat-Sheet to 2016 AWS re:Invent Announcements

AWS, yet again, reigns the public cloud arena from all dimensions with a plethora of new announcements at AWS re:Invent 2016. With digital disruption treading in every vertical across the globe, AWS has now set a stage for itself to be a key part of this evolution. And the congregation, which had over 35,000 attendees, witnessed 25+ new announcements and 10+ updates by Amazon vice president and chief technology officer Werner Vogels. And to you, we present here a cool zippy cheat sheet of all the new & updated epoch-making-announcements at 2016 AWS re:Invent:


Amazon EC2 C5: A new powerful compute optimized instance featuring the highest performing processors and the lowest price/compute performance in EC2. Read More »

Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs: The debutant attachable Elastic GPUs, which are cost effective and provide a flexible way to add graphics acceleration to Amazon EC2 Instances. Read More »

Amazon EC2 F1: A compute instance with programmable hardware for application acceleration. Read More »

Amazon EC2 I3: The latest generation of storage optimized high I/O instances, featuring NVMe based SSDs for the most demanding I/O intensive relational, NoSQL, transactional, and analytics workloads. Read More »

Amazon EC2 R4: The latest generation of memory optimized instances that are 20% more price performant over R3 instances.Read More »

Amazon EC2 T2: Available in t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. Read More »

Amazon Lightsail: Helps launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS starting at $5/month. Read More »

AWS Batch: Enables developers, scientists, and engineers to run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. Read More »

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager: Helps automate key management tasks like collecting system inventory, applying OS patches, automating image creation, and configuring OS and applications at scale. Additionally, users can record and govern instance’s software configuration with AWS Config.

C# support on Lambda: Enables use of C# with AWS Lambda. Read More »

Lambda@Edge: Allows developers to deliver a low latency user experience for customized web applications by enabling them to run code at CloudFront edge locations without provisioning or managing servers. Read More »

AWS Personal Health Dashboard: Provides a personalized view of AWS service health.

AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate: Provides a fully managed Chef server and a suite of automation tools for continuous deployment, automated testing for compliance, and a user interface for visibility into nodes. Read More »

AWS Organizations: Helps IT teams to manage multiple AWS accounts. Read More »

AWS Shield: A managed DDoS protection service that safeguards web applications using Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53. Read More »

AWS Snowmobile: An exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data. Read More »

Blox: A collection of open source software that enables customers to build custom schedulers and integrate third-party schedulers on top of ECS. Read More »

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility: Get up to twice the performance of the typical PostgreSQL database and the features you love in Amazon Aurora. Read More »

AWS CodeBuild: Helps build and test code in the cloud as you scale. It can be used with other AWS services; and it is also integrated with AWS Elastic Beanstalk to enable testing of Elastic Beanstalk apps. Read More »

AWS X-Ray: Helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a micro services architecture. It also shows how the underlying services are performing, so that you can identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. Read More »

AWS Greengrass: Helps run IoT applications seamlessly across the AWS cloud and local devices using AWS Lambda. Read More »

AWS IoT Button: For improved developer experience. Read More »

AWS Snowball Edge: A petabyte-scale data transfer service with on-board storage and compute. Read More »

VMware on AWS Cloud: Helps run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud. Read More »

Amazon Pinpoint: Helps run targeted push notification campaigns to improve user engagement in mobile apps. Read More »

AWS Mobile Hub integration with Amazon Lex: Helps build mobile apps that use speech and text, in addition to touch to your mobile app. Read More »

Amazon Athena: an interactive query service that helps analyze data in Amazon S3 using SQL.

AWS Glue: A fully managed ETL service that simplifies and automates data discovery, transformation, and job scheduling tasks. Read More »

AWS Step Functions: Helps coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Read More »

Amazon Lex: A deep learning engine (which powers Alexa) for building conversational interfaces using voice and text. Read More »

Amazon Polly: Built to revolutionize speech-enabled products, it turns text into lifelike speech, currently offering support for 24 languages and 47 lifelike voices. Read More »

Amazon Rekognition: Built to revolutionize the face recognition and object-recognition solutions, it helps to add image analysis to your application, help detect objects, scenes, and faces in images, and also search and compare faces. Read More »


  • AWS Config integration with Amazon EC2 Systems Manager: Facilitates continuous monitoring and governance of software on EC2 instances and on-premises systems. Read More »
  • Amazon AppStream 2.0: A fully managed, secure application streaming service that can stream desktop applications from AWS to any device, without rewriting them. Read More »
  • IPv6 support for EC2 instances in Amazon VPC. Read More »
  • Enhanced context for custom authorizers in Amazon API gateway. Read More »
  • AWS CloudFormation updated with resource coverage. Read More »
  • Availability of Regional Edge Caches for Amazon CloudFront: A new type of edge location for CloudFront that further improves performance. Read More »
  • Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services. Read More »
  • Addition of AWS Service Delivery Program to AWS Partner Network. Read More »
  • Amazon Aurora now supports T2.Medium instances. Read More »
  • Addition of new Edge Locations in Minneapolis, MN, Berlin, Germany and London to Amazon CloudFront. Read More »

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