This week anyone with even a passing interest in cloud computing will be watching what Amazon announces at AWS Re:Invent, the annual confab for AWS partners and customers.
Here are a few things to watch for at Re:invent:
1: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Will he make an appearance this year? He was onstage with CTO Werner Vogels in 2012, but has otherwise been a no-show. Last year, Bezos was manifest only via a second-hand quote from Amazon SVP Andy Jassy telling reporters that Bezos said AWS could become Amazon’s largest business.
2: Official Docker support. [company]IBM[/company], [company]Red Hat[/company], [company]Google[/company] and even [company]Microsoft[/company] are officially on the Docker (and Kubernetes) bandwagon. [company]Amazon[/company] supports Docker on Elastic Beanstalk, but needs to make a more definitive statement — perhaps some sort of Docker-as-a-Service. Docker CEO Ben Golub will be at the event so stay tuned. And there will be Docker training sessions of course.
3: Expanded reserved instances. If Amazon announces that RIs can be used across availability zones in a region, it will get a standing ovation, said one long-standing AWS watcher.
If you buy a reserved instance now you are tied into one zone and when you launch you have to specify the same zone you initially bought in to get the savings. All of that gets complicated when the purchase of the RI is someone other than the developer who consumes it, he said. If you add multiple accounts, RIs of different instance types, in different zones and regions, it actually gets difficult to use your RIs, he said.
4: More incremental (sub-hour) pricing. Both [company]Microsoft[/company] Azure and [company]Google[/company] Compute Engine are available in per-minute increments, Amazon remains at a per-hour model. I’m told Amazon’s infrastructure may make per-minute pricing impossible, but stay tuned.
5: More enterprise goodies. As Microsoft, IBM, HP, Red Hat and others improve their respective clouds, Amazon needs to continue to push higher-value, higher end services for enterprise in the vein of RedShift data warehousing, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and more recently AWS Directory Services and its vCenter-like portal for VMware admins.
Bonus point: Some sort of directional statement vis a vis live migration.
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Note: this story was updated at 11:30 November 10 to include mention of live migration which, shame on me, I should have included earlier.