Wednesday, 01 December 2021 01:55

AWS pitches robotics as the next big thing Featured


At today's AWS re:Invent 2021 conference in Las Vegas the company announced robots take centre stage in the company’s future plans, while data continues to be a hot topic.

The annual AWS re:Invent conference is back to in-person and enjoyed capacity-filling crowds in excess of expectations with AWS customers and partners from around the world keen to hear the news face-to-face. iTWire, meanwhile, tuned in from a more subdued Sydney gathering but with no less gusto.

The event includes over 1,500 technical sessions, along with a range of training sessions, and customer and partner announcements. However, the big news came from the opening keynote early today, headed by new AWS CEO Adam Selipsky (pictured). And what’s big is robots, so much so that AWS has invested heavily.

The new AWS robotics startup accelerator - Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced this startup accelerator, which AWS is running with MassRobotics, and is open to robotics hardware and software startups around the globe. Benefits include hands-on training with AWS robotics solutions and up to $US 10,000 in AWS credits to use on IoT, machine learning, or robotics services.

AWS IoT RoboRunner - a new robotics service that reduces the complexity and time-to-market for companies to build and deploy applications that aid fleets of robots in working seamlessly together. This builds on the very same tech Amazon itself uses in its fulfilment centres and is now being made available to all developers to build advanced robotics applications for their businesses.

Are robots in your future? AWS has certainly made it simpler for you.

Next, data remains on the agenda and AWS announced AI for data analytics (AIDA) - a new set of AWS partners solutions to empower business experts with predictive analytics in their AWS analytics environment. Launch partners include technology organisations Amplitude, Anaplan, Causality Link, Domo, Exasol, Pega Systems, Qlik, Snowflake, Tableau, and Workato, as well as consulting partners Provectus, Cognizant, Interworks, and Quantiphi.

Speaking of partners, AWS stated partners remain a critical component of accelerating innovation, and AWS unveiled two new partner competencies:

AWS Energy Competency – a new partner competency differentiating specialised AWS Partners whose demonstrated technical expertise and repeat customer success have enabled energy producers worldwide to build and operate assets efficiently and safely while working to transition to a lower-carbon world. Australian AWS Partner Contino is one of the launch partners.

AWS Graviton Ready APN Partners - thousands of customers are using Graviton2-based instances to get up to 40% better price-performance on Amazon EC2. As customers adopt such instances they need the right software solutions to help integrate, deploy, monitor and secure their Linux-based and containerised workloads. This new partner competency recognises AWS partners, like Australian company Buildkite, who offer Graviton-supported software offerings including operating systems and platform services, security, monitoring, observability, CI/CD, data, analytics, and cloud devices.

The final big announcement was AWS Data Exchange for APIs - a new AWS data exchange capability allowing customers to find, subscribe to and use hundreds of third-party APIs in the cloud. This makes it easier to access data on a pay-as-you-go basis, explore consistent API documentation, use AWS-generated SDKs to make API calls, and leverage AWS-native authentication and governance.

AWS Data Exchange for APIs is available within the Asia Pacific region now, from Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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