The videos have been posted to YouTube, and there is a ton of fantastic content up for viewing. So much so that it’s almost impossible to watch it all.
Never fear, I’ve been diving into the sessions and have pulled out a few of my favorites. Here’s my top five, and why I think you might find them interesting:
VPC is an immense topic. There’s a ton of possible configurations. Watch as Robert Alexander from AWS walks through several real-world designs that cover the gambit from simple to the very complex. This session is a 400-level (ARC401) so expect a good level of technical content.
Understanding the options available via the VPC service is critical to a successful deployment. Learning what’s possible and – more importantly – what is successful in the real world can help you get a jump on your cloud deployments.
This session (ARC205) in the Architecture track walks through how Riot Games leverages Chef to build the data pipeline behind their game, “League of Legends.” It’s an honest discussion of some of the decisions they’ve made in order to meet their goals.
This 30-minute talk is a great introduction to the concepts and drivers behind Amazon Kinesis. It’s a very approachable introduction (thus a 100-level session, BDT103).
By the way, I’ve got Amazon Kinesis down as my dark horse announcement of the show. Amazon Workspaces is fantastic (more on this soon) and so is Amazon AppStream. Both are leaps and bounds above previous solutions in those areas, but Amazon Kinesis opens up this type of processing to a whole new audience.
There’s usually no faster way to put people to sleep than asking them to spend an hour watching a talk about access control policies. In SEC302, Jeff Wierer defies convention by delivering a crisp talk that delivers a ton of information on this critical talk.
Littered with tips, the ninjas hidden throughout the slides are well deserved. If you’re doing anything in AWS, take the hour required to watch Jeff’s talk.
In this 300-level (ENT303) talk, Abdul Sathar Sait and Tom Laszewski from AWS walk through the challenges around the deployment of traditional enterprise applications into the AWS Cloud.
There’s a lot of great info here that will help you understand not only how, but why, you should be looking at moving “classic” enterprise workloads to AWS.
As a platinum sponsor of the event, we had a big presence on-site. If you want to get a feel for the Trend Micro approach to AWS security, you can watch our sponsored talk with JD Sherry (@jdsherry) and myself (@marknca), “How to Meet Strict Security & Compliance Requirements in the Cloud (SEC208)”. The slides are available as well.
I was also fortunate enough to be invited to speak about my experiences on the team that helped to build Deep Security as a Service. That talk, “How Trend Micro Build their Enterprise Security Offering on AWS (SEC307)” is also online and so are the slides.
A lot happened at re:Invent. I haven’t even mentioned CloudTrail or gone into the details about our involvement with Amazon Workspaces… more to come soon.
Thanks for reading,