pre:Invent Roundup

All the AWS announcements that were eclipsed by an outage

Ryan Coleman

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Wow! What a week. AWS made a lot of news, though not exactly in the way they’d planned. There was a lot of snark on the internet about the outage, including from this blog author who could not control their robot vacuum, but let’s remember that IT operations is very hard and AWS services are some of the most robust in the business. It’s easy to think we can all do better, but very few actually can.

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The lasting news this week is the huge set of pre-reInvent announcements that got AWS Twitter excited this week.

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AWS Step Functions stole the (pre) show

The clear darling of #preinvent was Step Functions, which added service integration with Amazon API Gateway along with Synchronous Express Workflows.

The combination is a big step forward for serverless logic orchestration. Add in code signing and extension support, and enterprises can get a ton done through Step Functions and the broad set of service integrations they support.

CloudFormation Modules might be a turning point

Personally, I’m most excited about the CloudFormation Modules announcement.

I’ve spent enough time with infrastructure-as-code module ecosystems to tell you with authority that tooling and the platform don’t matter that much. It’s the network effect of content, built with care by dedicated teams, through a sustained focus on community that makes it all work.

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So, it’s with curbed enthusiasm that I look at CloudFormation Modules as a promising foundation for the hard work of building content ecosystems for the public and for enterprises. In my view, it’s the right IaC target for this kind of abstraction, vs SAM or CDK.

You can find a set of examples on AWS-samples GitHub like this one for secure-by-default S3 buckets, which sounds very familiar to what Stackery builds out for you! Caution: JSON-only fragments seem to be supported at the moment for defining a module but they might add support for YAML fragments.

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