AWS Weekly Roundup – Amazon Bedrock Is Now Generally Available, Attend AWS Innovate Online, and More – Oct 2, 2023

October 3, 2023

Last week I attended the AWS Summit Johannesburg. This was the first summit to be hosted in my own country and my own city since 2019 so it was very special to have the opportunity to attend. It was great to get to meet with so many of our customers and hear how they are building on AWS.

Now on to the AWS updates. I’ve compiled a few announcements and upcoming events you need to know about. Let’s get started!

Last Week’s Launches
Amazon Bedrock Is Now Generally Available – Amazon Bedrock was announced in preview in April of this year as part of a set of new tools for building with generative AI on AWS. Last week’s announcement of this service being generally available was received with a lot of excitement and customers have already been sharing what they are building with Amazon Bedrock. I quite enjoyed this lighthearted post from AWS Serverless Hero Jones Zachariah Noel about the “Bengaluru with traffic-filled roads” image he produced using Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion XL image generation model on Amazon Bedrock.

Amazon MSK Introduces Managed Data Delivery from Apache Kafka to Your Data Lake – Amazon MSK was released in 2019 to help our customers reduce the work needed to set up, scale, and manage Apache Kafka in production. Now you can continuously load data from an Apache Kafka cluster to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

Other AWS News
A few more news items and blog posts you might have missed:

The Community.AWS Blog is where builders share and learn with the community of cloud enthusiasts. Contributors to this blog include AWS employees, AWS Heroes, AWS Community Builders, and other members of the AWS Community. Last week, AWS Hero Johannes Koch published this awesome post on how to build a simple website using Flutter that interacts with a serverless backend powered by AppSync-merged APIs.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Upcoming AWS Events
We have the following upcoming events:

AWS Cloud Days (October 10, 24) – Connect and collaborate with other like-minded folks while learning about AWS at the AWS Cloud Day in Athens and Prague.

AWS Innovate Online (October 19)Register for AWS Innovate Online to learn how you can build, run, and scale next-generation applications on the most extensive cloud platform. There will be 80+ sessions delivered in five languages and you’ll receive a certificate of attendance to showcase all you’ve learned.

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