I tend to follow the news from AWS all the time. They introduce solutions to problems all developers / devops face during multiple stages of their projects. I’d like to highlight three categories: application configuration, security, and availability.
AWS Secrets Manager simplified the process of configuration update. They removed the requirement for a recovery window which allowed easier automation process for the secrets management.
Amazon Inspector has added support to include Debian 8 and Debian 9 in their security assessment for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Security Best Practices. Previously list of supported systems had only Amazon Linux/Linux2, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu.
Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports delayed replication. Delayed replication was introduced in MySQL version 5.6. It is useful to test applications’ performance when there is a lag caused by the heavy load on slave. Also this offers ability to inspect the previous status of database without reloading from a backup.