Amazon Kendra releases WorkDocs Connector

Amazon Kendra is an intelligent search service powered by machine learning, enabling organizations to provide relevant information to customers and employees, when they need it. Starting today, AWS customers can index and search documents from Amazon WorkDocs – a fully managed, secure content creation, storage, and collaboration service.

Amazon QLDB supports customer managed KMS keys

Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) now supports customer managed AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) keys to encrypt data at rest. Starting today, customers can encrypt QLDB Ledgers with keys created and controlled exclusively in their account, with key policy, audits, and key lifecycle managed by the customer. With this feature, QLDB customers can meet data security standards that require encryption using customer managed keys. New ledgers with customer managed KMS key support can be easily created with a single click in the AWS Management Console, the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), or an API call in AWS CloudFormation. 

Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL supports pg_cron extension for scheduling database jobs in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition adds support for the pg_cron extension in AWS GovCloud (US) regions. pg_cron allows you to use cron syntax to schedule PostgreSQL commands directly within your database. You can use pg_cron to schedule tasks such as periodically rolling up data for analytic reports, refreshing materialized views, and scheduling vacuum jobs to reclaim storage. pg_cron includes an AWS open source contribution that adds an audit table so that you can query the outcome of each scheduled job.

Amazon Aurora Supports PostgreSQL 12.6, 11.11, 10.16, and 9.6.21 in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Following the announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database by the open source community, we have updated Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition to support PostgreSQL 12.6, 11.11, 10.16, and 9.6.21 in AWS GovCloud (US) regions. These releases contain bug fixes and improvements by the PostgreSQL community. As a reminder, Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL 9.6 will reach end of life on January 31, 2022.

Announcing Automatic Revision Publishing for AWS Data Exchange

Providers using AWS Data Exchange can now publish new revisions to their data products more easily. Before this launch, providers were required to take both finalization and publishing steps to add new revisions to products. Additionally, if a revision was included in multiple products, providers had to take other publishing actions for each individual product they wanted to update.

Easily enable AWS Config recording and deploy Conformance Packs across your organization using Quick Setup

Today, AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup announces support for AWS Config, allowing you to enable AWS Config recording and deploy conformance packs across all the accounts and Regions in your organization – with a few clicks. Quick Setup also lets you customize the types of resources to record and conformance packs to deploy for different groups of organizational units (OUs).

AWS announces a new AWS Training Partner program

The new AWS Training Partner (ATP) program enables AWS customers to work with a single, trusted Partner who can offer, deliver, and/or resell official AWS-authored training. All AWS Training Partners are selected based on their quality and expertise in providing training. They must continually meet or exceed rigorous criteria to maintain their status in the program.

AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon EBS io2 Block Express Volumes

Today AWS announced general availability of io2 Block Express volumes that deliver up to 4x higher throughput, IOPS, and capacity than io2 volumes, and are designed to deliver sub-millisecond latency and 99.999% durability. io2 Block Express refers to io2 volumes running on the EBS Block Express architecture, and supports standard io2 features such as Multi-Attach and Elastic Volumes. io2 Block Express volumes are available first with Amazon EC2 R5b instances, which delivers the highest EBS-optimized performance, with support for other instances coming soon. Using R5b instances customers can now provision a single io2 volume with up to 256,000 IOPS, 4000 MB/s of throughput, and storage capacity of 64 TiB. This makes io2 Block Express and R5b instance combination ideal for your largest, most I/O intensive, and mission critical deployments of Oracle, SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL Server, and SAS Analytics.

AWS Systems Manager Automation now supports upgrade of SQL Server 2012

AWS Systems Manager Automation now enables customers to upgrade SQL Server 2012 or later on Amazon EC2. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 will reach extended end-of-support on 7/12/2022. Customers can use AWS Systems Manager Automation runbook to easily upgrade SQL Server 2012 to newer supported versions such as SQL Server 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. The following upgrade paths become available across SQL Server Enterprise, Standard, and Web editions.

1. SQL Server 2012 to SQL Server 2014/2016/2017/2019
2. SQL Server 2014 to SQL Server 2016/2017/2019
3. SQL Server 2016 to SQL Server 2017/2019
4. SQL Server 2017 to SQL Server 2019