29. October 2017 22:00
by Aaron Medacco
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AWS re:Invent 2017: My Final Schedule

29. October 2017 22:00 by Aaron Medacco | 0 Comments

After a disastrous rollout of reserved seating for re:Invent 2017, where many attendees could not reserve session seating when it was made available, my final schedule for re:Invent 2017 is set. Thanks to some Twitter heroes who announced that you could reset your re:Invent account password as a workaround, people (including me) were able to start getting their seats, although many sessions were already full.

Twitter Hero

I'd like to give AWS the benefit of the doubt, but re:Invent tickets aren't cheap, and some people are traveling halfway across the world for this event. Being locked out of the sessions they'd like to attend because of a faulty website whose development was likely outsourced is ridiculous. Apparently, there were similar issues for last year's re:Invent 2016, but I didn't experience those firsthand. Needless to say, many people weren't shy about their frustration.

Twitter Anger

Water under the bridge. Hopefully, next year Amazon will use their own engineers to develop next year's seat reservation site. 

In my case, I was able to reserve a spot in almost all the sessions I was interested in. And what I mean is I was able to fill the schedule of one man in Vegas who can't be in multiple spots at once. There's over 1100 sessions this year, so I'll have to take to YouTube later to see all the content I'm going to miss due to scheduling conflicts. I still have a few unreasonable blocks that are back-to-back which I'll likely have to give up. That or be lucky all the seats aren't taken by the time I run across the strip.

Feel free to come say hello if you see me at one of sessions or out and about. I'd love to have a chat or exchange ideas with others in the community. 

Monday

  • 10:45am - 11:45am - Cache Me If You Can: Minimizing Latency While Optimizing Cost Through Advanced Caching Strategies (ATC303)
  • 12:15am - 1:15pm - Analyzing Streaming Data in Real Time with Amazon Kinesis (ABD301)
  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm - Getting Started with Amazon Aurora (DAT202)
  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm - GPS: Anti-Patterns: Learning From Failure (GPSTEC302)
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm - GPS: Global Partner Summit Welcome Reception (GPSGEN202)

Tuesday

  • 8:30am - 9:30am - Scaling up to Your First 10 Million Users (ARC201)
  • 10:45am - 11:45am - Deploying Business Analytics at Enterprise Scale with Amazon QuickSight (ABD311)
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Deep Dive into the New Network Load Balancer (NET304)
  • 2:05pm - 2:20pm - Cooking in the Cloud with AWS and Chef (DEM29)
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Running Lean Architectures: How to Optimize for Cost Efficiency (ARC303)
  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm - ElastiCache Deep Dive: Best Practices and Usage Patterns (DAT305)
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Deep Dive on Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) (STG306)

Wednesday

  • 8:00am - 10:30am - Andy Jassy Keynote
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Living on the Edge, It's Safer Than You Think! Building Strong with Amazon CloudFront, AWS Shield and AWS WAF (CTD310)
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Design, Deploy, and Optimize Microsoft SQL Server on AWS (WIN306)
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Optimizing EC2 for Fun and Profit #bigsavings #newfeatures (CMP202)
  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm - High Resiliency & Availability of online entertainment Communities Using Multiple AWS Regions (ARC306)
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Continuous Integration Best Practices for Software Development Teams (DEV322)

Thursday

  • 8:30am - 10:30am - Werner Vogels Keynote
  • 11:35am - 11:50pm - Protecting your Web Application on AWS: Best Practices for Third-Party WAF Deployment (DEM24)
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm - AWS Database and Analytics State of the Union - 2017 (DAT201)
  • 2:05pm - 2:20pm - Confidence, Clarity, and Control: How to Achieve a 30% Reduction in AWS Cloud Migration Timelines (DEM59)
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Keeping Pace With The Cloud: Managing and Optimizing as You Scale (ENT316)
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - What's New In Serverless (SRV305)
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Taking DevOps Closer to the AWS Edge (CTD401)
  • 8:00pm - 12:00am re:Play Party

Friday

  • 9:15am - 10:15am - Embrace DevOps and learn how to Automate Operations (DEV306)
  • 10:45am -11:45am - Moving to Amazon ECS - the Not-So-Obvious Benefits (CON405)

Now I just need to figure out when to play some poker. 

Cheers!

9. October 2017 12:05
by Aaron Medacco
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Announcing AWS Reactions - Send Me Your Memes

9. October 2017 12:05 by Aaron Medacco | 0 Comments

For those unaware, there are a lot of micro-blogs out there within technology that like to poke fun at the craft by sharing memes and captioned GIFs describing what it's like in the life of a professional in technology. Some examples include:

There isn't (at least, not that I'm aware of) anything I could find like this for those in the cloud community, much less the AWS community. 

So I'm starting one! Go check it out! And also, go submit a meme!

https://awsreactions.tumblr.com/

AWS Reactions

And I'm going to do my best to maintain it. However, it gets a lot easier to do so if there's a steady stream of submissions. Therefore, if you're reading this post right now, go submit a meme describing your encounters in and about Amazon Web Services here!

If nothing else, bookmark the site and keep checking in to get some periodic lulz!

Cheers!

7. October 2017 22:45
by Aaron Medacco
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AWS re:Invent 2017 Schedule: Where I Plan To Be

7. October 2017 22:45 by Aaron Medacco | 0 Comments

AWS re:Invent 2017 is only 50 days away and with the latest announcement made by AWS for reserved seating and this year's mobile app, it's time to figure out where to spend my time within the 5-day conference. I figured why not post the sessions I'm interested in going to? If anyone sees me or wants to connect you'll know where to find me!

AWS re:Invent 2017

This year, like those prior, there are a crazy amount of sessions available (check them out here), and no way to attend everything so it's kind of a seating race, but here's the following is what's on my radar. AWS seems to be posting more and more sessions as the date for re:Invent gets closer so if you're going, you might want to keep checking in. It's unlikely I'll be able to attend each of these since times will overlap or be in different locations where it's not practical to run around the Las Vegas strip like a madman.

Breakout Sessions:

  • ARC401 - Serverless Architectural Patterns and Best Practices
  • ENT401 - Successfully Migrating Business-Critical Applications to AWS
  • BAP201 - Realizing the Benefits of the AWS Cloud: Confident Decision Making Based on Insights and Control
  • BAP204 - How Amazon Is Moving to Amazon Chime
  • CMP202 - Optimizing EC2 for Fun and Profit #bigsavings #newfeatures
  • DAT202 - Getting Started with Amazon Aurora
  • DEV204 - Monitoring Modern Applications: Introduction to AWS X-Ray
  • GPSBUS203 - GPS: AWS Partner Network 2018 and Beyond: Building Successful AWS Practices and Solutions
  • GPSBUS204 - GPS: Building a Profitable Next-Generation AWS MSP Practice
  • ABD304 - Best Practices for Data Warehousing with Amazon Redshift & Redshift Spectrum
  • ABD305 - Design Patterns and Best Practices for Data Analytics with Amazon EMR
  • ABD311 - Deploying Business Analytics at Enterprise Scale with Amazon QuickSight
  • ABD315 - Building Serverless ETL Pipelines with AWS Glue
  • ARC303 - Running Lean Architectures: How to Optimize for Cost Efficiency
  • ARC306 - High Resiliency & Availability of PlayStation Communities Using Multiple AWS Regions
  • ATC303 - Cache Me If You Can: Minimizing Latency While Optimizing Cost Through Advanced Caching Strategies
  • DAT305 - ElastiCache Deep Dive: Best Practices and Usage Patterns
  • DEV306 - Embrace DevOps and learn how to Automate Operations
  • ENT315 - Landing Zones: Creating a Foundation for You AWS Migrations
  • ENT316 - Keeping Pace With The Cloud: Managing and Optimizing as You Scale
  • GAM301 - Migrating the League of Legends Platform into the AWS Cloud
  • GPSTEC302 - GPS: Anti-Patterns: Learning from Failure
  • GPSTEC307 - GPS: Too Many Tools? Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Bridges Operational Models
  • NET304 - Deep Dive into the New Network Load Balancer
  • SRV305 - The State of Serverless Computing
  • STG307 - Deep Dive on Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS)

Chalk Talks:

  • GPSCT305 - GPS: Thinking Microservices as Workflows: AWS Lambda and AWS Step Functions

Demo Sessions:

  • DEM24 - Protecting your Web Application on AWS: Best Practices for Third-Party WAF Deployment
  • DEM29 - Cooking in the Cloud with AWS and Chef
  • DEM54 - Know before You Go: Planning a Successful Application Migration to AWS
  • DEM59 - Confidence, Clarity, and Control: How to Achieve a 30% Reduction in AWS Cloud Migration Timelines

Workshops:

  • GPSWKS401 - GPS: Designing a Cloud Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • GPSWKS402 - GPS: Architecture Rodeo
  • GPSWKS407 - GPS: Strategies for Migrating Microsoft SQL Server Databases to AWS
  • GPSWKS408 - GPS: Migrate Your Databases with AWS Database Migration Service and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool
  • RET305 - Turbo Charge Your E-Commerce Site with Amazon Cache and Search Solutions
  • SID311 - Designing Security and Governance Across Multiple AWS Accounts
  • SID312 - DevSecOps Capture the Flag
  • SID341 - Using AWS CloudTrail Logs for Scalable, Automated Anomaly Detection

So...yeah, there's a lot and those are the few I cherry picked. I'll also be attending some of the other events as I can fit them in. The goal is to cram as much knowledge into my head within the short (is 5 days short?) 5 day event as possible. The keynotes will be packed but assuming there's room, I'm hoping to get a good seat for that, too. Those are in the morning on Wednesday (Nov. 29th) and Thursday (Nov. 30th). I'll be skipping the hackathons and the 5k (what!?), but I'm going to see what Broomball is and I'll be attending the Pub Crawls as well as the re:Play Party (DJ Werner Vogels?).

Unfortunately, this doesn't really leave a lot of time for playing poker around Vegas (I'll have to get it in there somehow) and I've also decided to delay getting the Professional certifications since I can do those without being at re:Invent at a later date. Amazon Web Services posts the sessions on their YouTube channel post-event, which is nice since there's no way I'll have time to get to everything. 

I also just bought a new video camera to do some vlogs while at the event. I think the internet could do with some more content on what AWS re:Invent is like in the first-person, but we'll see how that goes. I can already see me running out of battery during a key event or dropping the camera on Day 1.

Aaron's New Video Camera

Maybe I can even get some face-to-face with some of the bigger names over at Amazon or even some of the larger figures in the AWS community. I'll be making a post for each day, although they won't be published until after the event, as I will definitely not be writing blog posts in a hotel room when there's Vegas to be had! I'll post a follow up of my schedule as the reserved seating opens up. For those not registered yet, what are you doing!? For those that are, you might want to check out the webinar AWS is producing so you get a seat in the sessions that matter to you.

Cheers!

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