AWS re:Invent Keynote Recap and Thoughts

  • Lex — a conversational bot framework and backend, essentially the backend for Amazon Alexa now offered as a service on AWS.
  • Rekognition — image recognition as a service powered by deep learning.
  • Polly — text to speech as a service
  • Greengrass — for syncing data and running applications across IoT devices and providing seamless connectivity up into the cloud. This is more of an application framework for IoT combined with backend hooks. So far I find the explanations of Greengrass to be a bit muddy. It requires a closer look.
  • Athena — run SQL on top of data in S3, completely serverless, pay per query. Built on top of Presto, supports a few different file formats. $5 per TB of data queried.
  • FPGA instances — this is a first in the cloud as far as I know. This is programmable hardware in the cloud, more specifically, Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

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Co-founder of @EverbloomHQ, VC at Sigma Prime Ventures, Co-founder of @Localytics, Software Engineer, @andrew311, http://www.andrewrollins.com

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Andrew Rollins

Andrew Rollins

Co-founder of @EverbloomHQ, VC at Sigma Prime Ventures, Co-founder of @Localytics, Software Engineer, @andrew311, http://www.andrewrollins.com

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