Meetup report: January 2019 Meetup: AWS re:Invent 2018 Recap

Summary of January 2019 Meetup

The January 2019 meetup was held at the newly opened Amazon Internet Services Private Ltd office.

AWS re:Invent 2018 recap started with a warm welcome by Jeevan Dongre, AWS Community Hero and Lead - AWS User Group Bengaluru and introduced our speaker of the day, Madhusudan Sekhar, Principal Technical Evangelist and Head Digital Innovation, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.


Madhu took us on quick ride around **how did AWS enthusiasts re:Invent in Las Vegas **right from Harley ride to re:Play party and from deep-dive sessions, expert sessions, hackathons to hands-on-labs.

Probably this would have kindled an eagerness in the attendees to look forward for re:Invent 2019 early bird registration?

Bhuvaneswari Subramani shared her experience as an AWS diversity scholarship recipient at re:Invent 2018 and you may read more about stories in the blog - Journey through re:Invent 2018 .


Madhu took over the stage back to help us dive deep into all new announcements for AWS Services and of course the next 3 hours was lively to witness the tale from the technocrat!

AWS re:Invent is the biggest learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features are keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, access to technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events and so much more. More than 50K people attend this event from world wide. This year event was full of new services in Compute, Database, Security, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Analytics, Big Data, Deep Learning etc.


Here is a brief about all announcements featured by categories:

In AWS re:Invent 2018, 100+ new features and updates were announced. These updates belongs to different categories like Compute, Database, Analytics, IoT, Machine Learning, Robotics, Satellite, Mobile, Media Services, Network and Content Delivery, Storage, Security etc.


  • AWS Lake Formation
  • Amazon Quicksight (With ML and Natural Language Capabilities)
  • Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka
  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java Applications


  • Amazon Managed Blockchain
  • Amazon Quantum Ledger Database


  • EC2 A1 Instance (powered by AWS Graviton Processors)
  • EC2 C5n (100 Gbps of networking throughput)
  • Firecracker (open sources Firecracker virtualization technology)
  • AWS Outposts (assume a Server rack in your mind)
  • Amazon EC2 P3dn instances (faster networking, new processors, doubling of GPU memory and additional vCPUs )
  • On-Demand Hibernate
  • Lambda as a Target for Application Load Balancer
  • Lambda Layers (a simple way to manage common software and data across multiple functions)
  • AWS License Manager (It makes easy to manage licenses from software vendors like Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP both on AWS and on premises)


  • DynamoDB Transactions
  • Amazon Quantum Ledger Database
  • Amazon Timestream
  • Amazon RDS on VMware
  • Amazon Aurora Global Database
  • DynamoDB On-Demand

Internet of Things (IoT)

  • AWS IoT Things Graph
  • AWS IoT Events
  • AWS IoT SiteWise
  • Amazon FreeRTOS support for Bluetooth Low Energy
  • AWS IoT Device Tester

Machine Learning (ML)

  • Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth
  • Amazon Forecast
  • Amazon Comprehend Medical
  • Amazon Elastic Inference
  • Amazon Textract (automatically detects and extracts text and data from scanned documents)
  • Amazon Personalize
  • Amazon Sagemaker Neo
  • Amazon SageMaker RL (Reinforcement Learning)
  • AWS DeepRacer

Management & Governance

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights
  • AWS Control Tower
  • AWS Well-Architected Tool
  • AWS Serverless Application Repository

AWS Marketplace

  • AWS Marketplace for Containers
  • Private Marketplace
  • AWS Marketplace for Machine Learning

Migration & Transfer

  • AWS Transfer for SFTP
  • AWS DataSync


  • AWS Amplify Console

Networking & Content Delivery

  • AWS Global Accelerator
  • AWS Transit Gateway
  • Elastic Fabric Adapter
  • AWS App Mesh
  • AWS Cloud Map

Robotics & Satellite

  • AWS RoboMaker
  • AWS Ground Station (a fully managed Ground Station-as-a-Service (GSaaS))

Security and Storage

  • AWS Security Hub
  • S3 Object Lock
  • Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive
  • Amazon FSx for Lustre
  • S3 Intelligent-Tiering
  • Amazon EBS Doubles Max Performance of io1 Volumes

AWS Ground Station

In this exciting times where one can buy a kit to make a self decaying orbital satellite and launch to space, AWS have launched AWS Ground Station to deliver a satellite ground station-as-a-service and pay for what you use.
AWS Ground Station is a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, downlink and process satellite data, and scale your satellite operations quickly, easily and cost-effectively without having to worry about building or managing your own ground station infrastructure.

\ … and the list goes on.

In the end of sessions cool stickers (AWS re:invent 2018 Stickers) were distributed.


Here are some important links to AWS re:Invent 2018:

Prashanth HN, co-organizer AWS User Group Bengaluru, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Madhu for such an awesome session and also encouraged & invited us, the attendees, to write technical blogs under AWS User Group Bengaluru Blog.


Our re:Invent recap would have been incomplete without a Selfie with the Speaker...


AWSUGBLR organizers would like to thank

  • The speakers: Madhu for explaining all new launches in detail & Bhuvaneswari for sharing her re:Invent experience
  • Attendees for taking time out of their Saturday and joining us for the meet
  • Amazon Internet Services Private Limited for hosting the meetup and providing stickers, tea/coffee and snacks
  • Piyush Jalan for contributing to the meetup report and Bhuvaneswari for supplemental inputs

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