Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore provides the capability to easily create on-demand and continuous backups of your DynamoDB tables and restore from these backups, if needed. You can back up tables from a few megabytes to hundreds of terabytes of data, with no impact on the performance or availability of your production applications.

With on-demand backup and restore, you can create full backups of your DynamoDB table for data archiving and retention, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. Point-in-time recovery (PITR) provides continuous backups of your DynamoDB table data, protecting you against accidental writes or deletes. When you enable PITR, you can recover that table from backup at any point in time from the moment you enable it to a maximum of the 35 preceding days.

DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in 16 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), South America (Sao Paulo), and China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet.

You can enable backup and restore for your DynamoDB table data with a single click in the AWS Management Console, a simple API call, or with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). To learn more about DynamoDB backup and restore, see Backup and Restore.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch versions 5.6 and 6.3

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports versions 5.6 and 6.3 for both open-source Elasticsearch and Kibana. Elasticsearch 5.6 includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations to improve search performance. Elasticsearch 6.3 offers autocomplete for Kibana queries and improvements to aggregation and ranking APIs. 

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports zero downtime, in-place version upgrades

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you easily upgrade your Elasticsearch clusters to newer versions without any downtime, using in-place version upgrades. With this new feature, you no longer need to go through the hassle of taking a manual snapshot, restoring it to a new cluster running the newer version of Elasticsearch, and updating all of your endpoint references. Instead, you can easily trigger the in-place version upgrade and Amazon Elasticsearch Service takes care of all the necessary steps in the background, ensuring that your cluster continues to operate while the upgrade is in process. 

AWS AppSync Adds Quick Start for Amazon Aurora

Today, AWS AppSync launched a new quick-start that walks you through connecting AppSync to your Amazon Aurora database to create a new blog application. AWS AppSync is a serverless backend service for web and mobile applications that supports real-time data synchronization and offline capabilities. AppSync supports multiple data storage options, including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElasticSearch Service, AWS Lambda, and HTTP data sources.

AWS Direct Connect live in Denmark and Norway

AWS Direct Connect is announcing immediate availability of new locations in Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway. Both these locations are the first in their respective countries. In Copenhagen, AWS Direct Connect is live at Interxion CPH2 and in Oslo, at DigiPlex Ulven data center. In the Management Console, these sites can be found under the EU (Frankfurt) Region. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway.

Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker Volumes and Volume Plugins

You can now easily configure your containerized application to access storage volumes backed by Local instance storage, Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) or Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) volumes through the use of Docker volume drivers and volume plugins such as Rex-Ray and Portworx.

Previously, if you wanted to deploy containerized applications that required access to storage volumes, you had to manually manage your storage volume using custom tooling such as bash scripts, lambda functions, and manual configuration of Docker volumes.

Now, with the support for Docker volumes, you can deploy stateful and storage-intensive applications on Amazon ECS. You have the flexibility to configure the lifecycle of the Docker volume and specify whether it is a scratch space volume specific to a single instantiation of a task, or a persistent volume that persists beyond the lifecycle of a unique instantiation of the task. You can also choose to use a pre-provisioned Docker volume that you have created before launching your Task.

To get started with this feature, first install your preferred Docker volume plugin (if needed) and simply specify the volume name, the volume driver, and the parameters when setting up a task definition via the AWS management console, CLI or SDK.

To learn more, visit the Amazon ECS documentation.  

Please visit the AWS region table to see all AWS regions where Amazon ECS is available.

Amazon Aurora Serverless Brings Serverless Computing to Relational Databases

Amazon Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down an Amazon Aurora database. It offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any database servers. Aurora Serverless makes it easy and cost-effective to run applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns, and is now generally available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility.

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Adds Support for Encryption at Rest

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) now supports encryption at rest for new DAX clusters to help you accelerate reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables in security-sensitive applications that are subject to strict compliance and regulatory requirements.

DAX provides you a fully-managed, highly available, in-memory cache that is capable of accelerating reads from DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. You can use DAX without making changes to your existing application logic and using your existing DynamoDB APIs calls. DAX manages cache invalidation and data population on your behalf. With the new encryption at rest support, you can also encrypt the storage for your DAX clusters to help you protect data on your DAX nodes, such as configuration and log files. This data is encrypted using AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS).

DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

To learn more about DAX and encryption at rest, see DAX Encryption at Rest.

Amazon Inspector Now Supports Security Assessments for Debian

Amazon Inspector expanded security assessments to include Debian 8 and Debian 9 for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Security Best Practices. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired Amazon EC2 instances, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment.