Since its start in 2012, AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services' annual conference, has offered attendees a chance to dive into all things AWS public cloud. The sold-out event features a slew of workshops, hackathons, boot camps and expert Q&A sessions -- all geared toward helping existing customers and the AWS curious gain a better understanding of working in and with Amazon's public cloud services.
As AWS products and services continue to grow and change, so does the solar system of vendors and partners that revolve around it. During the inaugural re:Invent conference, the expo floor housed row upon row of vendors -- spanning categories such as security, monitoring and management, data analytics, storage, application development, partners and integrators and many more. Those numbers have increased each year, which can make it difficult for attendees to keep track of who does what or to map out a course of action while on the show floor for just a few days.
In this AWS re:Invent 2015 guide, we bring you AWS news and developments leading up to, during and after the conference. We also spoke with industry experts, analysts and AWS users to get their take on the AWS market in four key areas: security, monitoring and management, data analytics and application development. We look at how AWS' presence in those areas has grown and how it could evolve in the coming years. We also delve into the need for third-party tools that fill certain gaps or help make enterprise public clouds more seamless and robust.
1Keep up -- AWS re:Invent 2015-
Amazon Web Services (AWS) never disappoints at its annual user conference -- introducing new products, services and price cuts left and right. And this year's sold-out event likely will be no different. Our news coverage offers preshow predictions and developments as well as the latest announcements as they happen in Las Vegas. We also offer insights into what these changes mean for AWS in the cloud market and how that translates to the user community.
At AWS re:Invent this year, announcements included new capabilities for existing products, as well as management tools and a new storage appliance -- setting social media abuzz. Continue Reading
Ease of use and speed are hailed as two advantages of AWS, factors that were further stressed at re:Invent 2015 in products and tools to help simplify cloud development and management. Continue Reading
Businesses have only seen the tip of the Internet of Things' iceberg, and Amazon plans to blow open the potential with the new AWS IOT cloud service. Continue Reading
Amazon's cloud now offers more container services to meet demands of the Docker craze, but the cloud giant pins the future on Lambda, to take servers out of the application equation. Continue Reading
Amazon launched a host of cloud migration tools to make it as easy as possible to move data into its cloud, but IT shops want a simple cloud exit plan as well. Continue Reading
Amazon launched a deluge of new tools this week, many that offer alternatives to more expensive third-party cloud management and business intelligence tools. Continue Reading
AWS' new multimillion dollar acquisition is expected to improve upon its slate of mobile app development tools -- Elemental offered faster than real-time processing. Continue Reading
A variety of new AWS tools could be introduced at re:Invent, including services to help with the management of microservices and the cloud environment as a whole. Continue Reading
2Lock down public cloud apps-
Security in AWS
Adopting AWS cloud services changes the landscape of enterprise IT. And while these changes can be beneficial from a computing perspective, IT teams must still consider security in this shift in services. AWS has a long list of security native tools, and end users must acclimate to how to incorporate those tools into their procedures. In addition, AWS takes a shared responsibility role in safeguarding public cloud services so enterprise IT professionals must know how to incorporate traditional security measures into the new IT landscape of public cloud computing.
Applying security groups and network access control lists are two of many options available to help prevent unwanted access to cloud resources. Continue Reading
One way to secure new AWS EC2 instances is through the use of preconfigured Amazon Machine Images. Using these hardened OSes can also shorten development times. Continue Reading
3Control AWS performance, costs-
Managing AWS resources
The cloud continues to evolve. And with that, enterprises are more willing to put multiple workloads into AWS. But this complicates cloud management, making it even more important for IT teams to closely monitor costs and ensure application performance remains in check. While AWS offers several tools to manage and monitor resources, there is an entire ecosystem of third-party tools to help pick up what native AWS utilities like CloudWatch and the AWS Management Console leave off. This section takes a look at the sometimes tricky task of managing multiple workloads that reside in the AWS cloud as well as other public cloud services. You'll also receive information on development tools to help ensure you build apps right the first time.
4Analyze big data-
Data analytics in AWS
Enterprises are sinking more money into big data analytics, seeking to mine gold from heaps of information they obtain. AWS offers a variety of tools to help businesses put all the data they collect to use, including data warehousing services and machine learning. AWS customers can combine these analytics tools with other compute-intensive programs to programmatically update software in response to data. And enterprise interest in AWS analytics tools could push the cloud provider to new analytical heights. This section outlines the rise of big data projects as well as some of the most useful features to help enterprises get an edge over their competition.
The appeal of cloud data analytics has skyrocketed, as nearly half of midmarket and enterprise-class businesses are interested in big data projects in the coming year. Continue Reading
5App dev and performance-
Many enterprises move to the cloud to reap the benefits of running scalable and flexible applications. And AWS has a range of services aimed at helping developers build and deploy apps in its infrastructure. With the development landscape constantly changing and tools evolving at a rapid pace, it can be tough for dev teams to keep up. In addition, containerization and microservices are pushing app development to the next level -- speeding up development cycles and lessening the burden on IT teams. But, while containers are popular, they're not perfect.
Developers can customize Amazon's new voice command service to accept new commands, thanks in part to AWS Lambda. Continue Reading
Allowing for greater connectivity between applications and cloud resources, Amazon API Gateway helps enterprises deploy complex workloads. Continue Reading