Your passport to AWS re:Invent 2016

Last updated:November 2016

Editor's note

In true Amazon fashion, AWS re:Invent continues to evolve and grow -- exceeding attendees' expectations with access to more training, sessions and certifications, as well as full-day technical deep dives on emerging topics such as internet of things, serverless computing and containers.

The sold out AWS re:Invent 2016 conference, scheduled for November 28 through December 2 in Las Vegas, is a showcase for the public cloud provider's new or improved services -- and a platform for its continued push toward enterprise adoption of AWS.

While the public cloud provider keeps a tight lid on news prior to the show -- not to mention who will perform at the re:Play party -- one look at the sessions schedule hints to an increased focus on artificial intelligence, with an entire track dedicated to Alexa. There are also mini conferences on topics such as IoT and Amazon machine learning. Other AWS re:Invent 2016 sessions focus on more typical topics, including the ever-popular "Scaling up to Your First 10 Million Users," within the Architecture track and a security and compliance session titled "Architecting for End-to-End Security in the Enterprise," which explores how Fortune 500 companies use protect sensitive data in AWS.

This AWS re:Invent 2016 guide outlines expert insights on what to expect at the show, as well as up-to-the-minute news and developments from Las Vegas. We examine important services and features in the areas of AWS management and development. The guide also looks at topics that are growing in popularity and emphasis throughout the industry, including serverless computing, artificial intelligence and containers. Check back often for updates.

1What's on the horizon for AWS?

The public cloud market is evolving at breakneck pace. And while some enterprises are still exploring the idea of moving certain workloads to AWS, others are experimenting with serverless computing, containers and IoT. Technologies, such as containers, can help developers spin up applications faster than ever before. But a move to more advanced and complicated workloads means cloud services must be capable of handling large amounts of data -- without degradation in performance or speed. In this section, we look at how the public cloud industry has changed over the past year and what part AWS is playing in those technological advancements.

2Use AWS to build better applications

As AWS has evolved over the last 10 years so too have its developer tools and methods. The traditional deployment model for legacy applications now looks vastly different than they did in the first days of public cloud. Developers can choose between a variety of AWS Elastic Compute Cloud instances and container images, all while load-balancing resources and directing network traffic. Some IT teams even opt for serverless architectures, using AWS Lambda to manage back-end resources. And the move toward a DevOps methodology means that business units now expect applications and versions to continuously deploy and update. To keep pace with AWS and the changing cloud app development market, IT teams must maintain solid dev practices and use the proper tools to achieve business objectives. This section can help IT teams understand changes as they occur.

3Control AWS cloud resources and personnel

AWS and other public cloud providers try to ease barriers to enterprise adoption in a variety of ways. Free tiers of service and a variety of migration tools can make AWS an attractive option for businesses of all sizes. But once they make the move to the cloud, resource and data management take on new levels of importance. Administrators need to take firm control of their cloud environments to ensure they stay on budget and secure data from internal mistakes and external threats. While the cloud offers new management challenges, businesses are increasingly placing trust in AWS. Some businesses are going all-in, while others make a more gradual and deliberate jump to cloud. Use expert advice in this section to be certain your IT team takes a well thought-out approach to managing workloads in AWS.