AWS Roundup: IoT buttons hit the enterprise, Directory launch and more

0 Posted by - 16th February 2017 - Technology

Amazon Web Services got off to a slow start in January, taking its time to sleep off the New Year’s festivities. But the cloud provider got up to speed by the end of the month, launching a handful of new products for its customers to work with.

Last year, the cloud provider launched 1,017 new features, according to the fourth-quarter earnings report Amazon released last month. Here’s the breakdown of what you need to know about Amazon’s January news:

IoT Buttons dash into the enterprise

Last year, Amazon launched Dash buttons to consumers, small devices that people could program to reorder household products from the online retailer with a press. Now, the company is letting enterprises create their own.

The AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program will give businesses access to the same hardware, along with tools to build custom functionality for a fleet of buttons.

Businesses will need to purchase at least 10,000 of the buttons in one go and can put their own artwork on them. The buttons are automatically provisioned to work with AWS services, so they can be easily set up to do things like kick off a Lambda function or put an object in an S3 bucket.

The idea behind the buttons is to let businesses make it easier for customers to perform repetitive actions, like ordering a pizza or requesting customer service.

Developers can also buy a few generic IoT buttons from Amazon’s retail site to let them prototype the functionality they would want to build for a larger deployment, before shelling out for thousands of the devices.

WorkSpaces virtual desktops get free SSDs and cost optimization

Amazon’s WorkSpaces cloud virtual desktop service got more appealing for free last month. The company announced that all newly-launched virtual desktops will use SSD volumes as their attached storage by default for no additional charge.

Existing WorkSpaces can be rebuilt to take advantage of the new, faster storage. Doing so means that Amazon will restore the virtual data drive using a WorkSpace’s last available automatic snapshot, and restore the virtual system drive. Importantly, that means any changes to the system drive will be erased as a result of a rebuild, so administrators should be careful.

In addition to that, Amazon launched a WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer that tries to automatically find the most cost-effective billing options for each virtual desktop environment. It’s deployed through a CloudFormation template and uses a number of AWS services to determine and automatically toggle a WorkSpace between hourly and monthly billing, based on what’s cheapest.

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