AWS Announcements – 15 April 2018

By April 15, 2018IT Services
Arvo Agency | AWS Announcements

Arvo offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) as our Cloud Computing platform. To keep our clients informed of updates and improvements, we will regularly post announcements to our blog as we receive them from AWS. If you have any queries about how these updates apply, please don’t hesitate to contact our certified AWS Solutions Architect – Associate, Vincent Vogelaar.

Below are the updates received on 15 April, 2018:

1. AWS AppSync is now in General Availability

AWS AppSync automatically updates the data in web and mobile applications in real time, and updates data for offline users as soon as they reconnect. AWS AppSync makes it easy to build collaborative mobile and web applications that deliver responsive, collaborative user experiences.

You can use AWS AppSync to build native mobile and web apps with iOS, Android, JavaScript and React Native. Get started by going to the AWS AppSync console, specify the data for your app with simple code statements, and AWS AppSync will manage everything needed to store, process, and retrieve the data for your application.

2. AWS introduces a new Service called RODA

The Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA) makes it easy for people to find datasets that are publicly available through AWS. When data is shared on AWS, anyone can analyze it without needing to download or store it, which allows users to spend more time on analysis rather than acquisition. RODA is available now at

RODA allows you to search for datasets by keyword and tags for common types of data, such as genomicsatellite imagery, and transportation. If you have data that you would like to put into the registry, you can do so by adding it via GitHub. Instructions on how to add data and our contribution guidelines are available at

3. AWS introduces a new service called Blockchain Templates

AWS Blockchain Templates provide a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using popular open source frameworks. These templates enable you to focus on building your blockchain applications instead of spending time and energy on manual setup of your blockchain network.

AWS Blockchain Templates deploy the blockchain framework you choose as containers on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster, or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker. Your blockchain network is created in your own Amazon VPC, allowing you to use your VPC subnets and network Access Control Lists. You can assign granular permissions using AWS IAM to restrict which resources an Amazon ECS cluster or Amazon EC2 instance can access.

There is no additional charge for AWS Blockchain Templates. You pay only for the resources required to run your blockchain network.

4. Security Speciality Exam is now in General Availability

5. AWS has Released 4 Free Training Courses covering some of the new technologies released over the last couple of weeks.

  • Amazon Certificate Manager (ACM) and  Private Certificate Authority (AC)
  • Amazon Secrets Manager
  • Amazon Translate
  • Amazon Transcribe

All training courses are at an introductory level and take about 15 minutes to complete.

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