Announcing latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline with support for Luxion Keyshot

We are pleased to announce the general availability for the latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline This release includes support for Luxion KeyShot usage based licensing (UBL) via the AWS Thinkbox Marketplace for all customers globally, bringing the power of the cloud to Industrial Design.

AWS CloudFormation macros can now be used in templates with nested stacks

AWS CloudFormation has enhanced CreateStack and UpdateStack actions to support Macros. This means customers can now embed macros in templates with nested stacks. Macros enable powerful custom processing on CloudFormation templates, from simple actions like find-and-replace operations to extensive transformation of entire templates.

In the AWS SDKs and CLI, templates containing macros can now be executed directly using the CreateStack and UpdateStack actions. This functionality is available in all regions today. For more information, visit our API reference.

Alexa for Business now lets you access usage metrics for shared devices and private skills

Today, Alexa for Business launched usage reports, which lets you access usage metrics on how Alexa for Business shared devices and private skills are being used in your organization. This will allow you to measure the impact of Alexa in your organization, as well as run and measure experiments so you can identify opportunities to build improved experiences for your employees. For example, the usage reports will allow you to measure the usage of “Join the meeting” functionality across your conference rooms, so you can understand user preferences in different locations. You can then determine where you need to educate or develop features to increase user engagement. Usage reports can also help you understand what private skills are most popular with users, so you can prioritize the development of more such private skills.

AWS Server Migration Service Adds Support for Multi-Server Migration

AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) now offers multi-server migration support that makes it easier and more cost effective to migrate applications from on-premises datacenters to Amazon EC2. You can migrate a group of servers as a single unit without having to go through the hassle of coordinating the replication of individual servers or decoupling application dependencies. With multi-server support, Server Migration Service significantly reduces the time to migrate applications and lessens the risk of errors in the migration process.

Deploy Fortinet FortiGate Auto Scaling Baseline on AWS with New Quick Start

This Quick Start automatically deploys Fortinet FortiGate Auto Scaling Baseline on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 15 minutes. The Quick Start is intended to be a baseline for IT infrastructure architects, administrators, and DevOps professionals who plan to implement or extend Fortinet’s Security Fabric workloads on the AWS Cloud.

AWS Service Catalog Announces Integration with AWS Organizations

AWS Service Catalog, a service to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now integrates with AWS Organizations. With this feature, you can simplify sharing of AWS Service Catalog portfolios across member accounts in your organization. AWS Organizations offers policy-based management for multiple AWS accounts.

Now, AWS Service Catalog administrators no longer need to have the receiving account ID or portfolio ID on hand. You can save time and reduce the risk of error with manually sharing portfolio and account IDs. Using your organization’s master account, you can share portfolios to member accounts by referencing an existing organizational unit or organization ID without leaving AWS Service Catalog.

Click to learn more about AWS Service Catalog and AWS Organizations.

AWS CodePipeline Supports VPC Endpoints

You can now access AWS CodePipeline from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. Many AWS customers run their applications within a VPC for security or isolation reasons. Previously, you could connect to CodePipeline from your VPC using an internet gateway or VPN connection. With VPC endpoints, no public IP addresses are required and traffic between the VPC and CodePipeline does not leave the Amazon network. 

AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports AWS Elemental MediaConnect Flows as Inputs

You can now use AWS Elemental MediaConnect flows as inputs for your AWS Elemental MediaLive channel. Simply select the flow when creating the input and the MediaLive resources will be created in matching availability zones, so your live channel can benefit from the high-quality, reliable, and secure video transport that MediaConnect provides.