AWS re:Invent, the public cloud provider's signature yearly event, is back again. And the conference continues to expand, taking up more of the Las Vegas Strip each year.
This year's show figures to bring much of the same: a look into new AWS products and services, sessions to help AWS professionals expand their deployments and a gathering place for cloud enthusiasts around the globe. AWS re:Invent 2017 will bring together developers, administrators, DevOps engineers, big data experts and other IT professionals, all of whom use the AWS cloud for their own purposes and needs.
As we enter the annual AWS conference, questions are emerging about the cloud provider's strategy, especially for serverless computing, containers and AI. What will this year's keynote addresses reveal, and how can enterprise attendees take advantage of what they learn at the show?
IT professionals across a variety of roles can use this AWS re:Invent 2017 essential guide for news updates directly from Vegas and to stay on top of the latest AWS tools and skills.
Updates and insight from the show floor and keynotes
At AWS re:Invent 2017, the cloud provider will reveal its plans for the future. Recent developments around hybrid cloud and workload migration hint at further expansion outside AWS and into enterprise data centers. Increased automation and continuous delivery should also be focal points for AWS and are among the demands of its customers. And as new workloads and markets develop, expect AWS to make a greater push around the internet of things (IoT) and serverless computing. Reference this essential guide for the latest news, analysis, sights and sounds about these topics and more from the AWS conference.
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AWS users voiced their opinions via Twitter from re:Invent in Las Vegas, reacting to long lines, new services and the massive scale of the conference. Continue Reading
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AWS' keynote addresses reveal a host of new technologies available to customers, as well as a peak behind the curtain at the cloud provider's roadmap. What might be in at this year's AWS conference? Continue Reading
Manage your AWS resources and services
Cloud admins require a specific set of skills and tools to effectively manage an AWS deployment. And those skills can vary based on how an enterprise implements the public cloud. Businesses with a hybrid AWS environment, for example, can benefit from Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Systems Manager, a set of services that lets admins automate management tasks across cloud instances and on-premises servers. For other hybrid users, familiarity with VMware Cloud on AWS will become a must. Meanwhile, all AWS admins -- regardless of their deployment model -- continue to prioritize security, account management and simplified migration processes. Learn which recent AWS tools and services can help meet your needs.
Large enterprises might have many AWS accounts with differing needs. The AWS Organizations service lets admins create consistent cloud use across the business. Continue Reading
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Build a complex, cost-conscious application
Amazon continues to make an effort to win over the developer community, incorporating technologies such as serverless computing and containers into its portfolio. Indeed, AWS unveiled several new developer services at last year's show, and app dev tools will likely share a significant portion of the spotlight this year. The cloud provider also continues to add to its arsenal of EC2 instance types, which include options for accelerated computing and high-performance workloads. Get caught up on AWS app dev and resource provisioning methods ahead of re:Invent 2017.
The AWS Serverless Application Model now includes on-premises functionality that enables developers to build and test applications before deployment. Continue Reading
As containers grew in popularity, many developers incorporated Kubernetes within their DevOps tool chains. But how does AWS' open source orchestrator Blox compare? Continue Reading
AWS has adapted to new app dev methods based on serverless computing, containers and microservices. Each method offers its own benefits, as well as challenges. Continue Reading
Automate AWS resources for speed and efficiency boosts
These days, it's not enough to deploy quality applications; you've got to deploy -- and patch -- them quickly. As such, DevOps takes on a greater role with many enterprises in the cloud, as they build continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines to push out new applications and updates. AWS provides automation capabilities across multiple accounts and regions, allowing DevOps teams to quickly specify the compute and security resources they need. But some experts believe AWS has room to grow. Get started with architecture automation with these helpful tips.
While GitHub has become a favorite in the developer community, CodeCommit and CodeStar provide AWS-native options for customers who are all-in on Amazon's cloud. Continue Reading
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Manage and gain insights from your heaps of data
As enterprises shift more workloads to AWS, their data management and analytics practices need to keep up. It can be a difficult task to properly store and manage data, as it often comes in a range of formats and from a variety of heterogeneous systems. IT teams should evaluate AWS tools, including Glue, as well as the provider's various database options, such as Aurora. For multi-cloud users, it's critical to know how AWS' data management services compare to those from Microsoft and Google. And AWS shops with AI and big data implementations should ensure their data analysts are up to speed with technologies such as Amazon Machine Learning, Athena and Kinesis.
AWS, Azure and Google offer similar data management services but have different data analytics capabilities and pricing structures. Continue Reading