All the key points from Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent 2017 conference

Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2017 Conference

This week saw Amazon Web Services (AWS) stage its annual re:Invent 2017 conference, where the company showcased all the hottest products it hopes solution providers will need in the future.

One of the biggest headlines from the event was the announcement that AWS has teamed up with AT&T to roll out several innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

The pair have collaborated in an effort to make it easier to deploy IoT solutions that can improve business operations and manage a vast number of devices scattered around the globe.

AT&T’s vice president of IoT solutions Mike Troiano believed their new solutions would give enterprise customers access to “the best-in-breed solutions to manage IoT assets wherever they are”.

One of them was a cellular LTE-M Button that makes activities such as ordering office supplies or submitting service requests as simple as the push of a button, similar to Amazon’s Dash Button that infiltrated homes in late 2016. It’ll be offered in the US in the first quarter of 2018 at the promotional price of $29.99 (£22.22) per LTE-M Button for the first 5,000 units.

Elsewhere, database startup MongoDB launched its database as a service offering, named MongoDB Atlas, on the AWS Marketplace with several enhancements bolted on to improve performance, resilience and efficiency in the cloud.

The introduction of cross-region replication for MongoDB Atlas lets users build globally distributed applications without multiple data centre configurations, while Performance Advisor lets customers see how they can improve query runtimes without adding more resources.

Data protection specialist Dataguise brought data auditing to Amazon environments, using the AWS re:Invent conference to debut its newest data-centric audit and protection software for the cloud. The California-based company says DgSecure helps businesses move to the cloud by identifying and monitoring sensitive data across on-premises and cloud environments, putting control of various data privacy mandates in the hands of business leaders and their IT teams.

Hybrid open-source software developer Cloudera showed off the beta version of Altus Analytic DB – a new service that allows customers to pull together disparate data sources in the cloud and provide a shared data experience for more powerful business intelligence and analytics.

With the new service, customers can self-service business intelligence and SQL analytics on demand, allowing them to easily manage security, governance and costs that come with the cloud.

Managed services provider SolarWinds revealed its new portfolio, SolarWinds Cloud, which comprises a full stack of solutions that will give customers visibility into logs, metrics and tracing. Also in there is AppOptics – a new application and infrastructure monitoring solution – as well as an updated Papertrail solution (SolarWinds’ cloud-hosted log management offering) and an enhanced Pingdom tool for digital experience monitoring.

Software company and hyper-converged infrastructure player Stratoscale premiered Chorus, a set of AWS-compatible cloud services for running and scaling cloud-native applications within premises-based environments. Stratoscale says Chorus will help enterprises with their hybrid IT strategies and take advantage of their on-premises environments including their own data centres.

Cloud management provider RightScale announced at AWS re:Invent that it has brought its free Cloud Comparison Tool up to date. The company also showcased its cloud management platform, which lets users manage their cloud infrastructure and services.

Finally, call centre provider Genesys unveiled a new AWS integration designed to improve natural language processing and AI capabilities for Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for its cloud contact centre solution, PureCloud.

This integration gives customers the opportunity to build and maintain conversational IVR to route calls more effectively, reducing the number of calls and interactions between businesses and customers.