AWS Summit Chicago highlights
We’ve noticed the trend at the last few events with AWS – huge growth. It shouldn’t be surprising since AWS in general is growing a a huge rate. Analysts estimate that the AWS segment of Amazon’s larger business is growing at almost 70% in the latest quarter. AWS’ current growth is the steepest ramp ever seen in tech companies at its scale.
AWS customers get cloud
From our booth at the partner expo, we noticed the questions we got about VNS3 and our company were more “cloud user” questions, and very few “cloud curious.” We heard very few people ask about how AWS works, the mechanics of launching VNS3, and so on. Most people jumped right into questions about underlying technology, features and use cases.
One of the VNS3 customer use cases that kept popping up was our friends at Geezeo. Rather than building their own switching tunnel architecture between their AWS-based app and customer data centers, Geezeo found VNS3 back in 2009. They grew one simple IPsec tunnel connection to over 30 encrypted IPsec tunnels connecting 400+ banks and credit unions.
Security is still top priority
With the overwhelming amount of data breach and security news, encryption and security were hot topics at booth 604. Our VNS3 diagram drew people in, and I enjoyed watching as a few people’s eyes got wide as I mentioned the VNS3 plug in system for even more networking and security functions.
News from the Summit
Yesterday’s big announcements were focused on data. Moving data around the cloud (Snowball), and deploying and running apps and services in AWS. A quick rundown of the announcements:
- Amazon Inspector GA
- Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration
- 80 TB Snowball
- New Amazon Elastic Block Storage Volume Types
- AWS Application Discovery Service (ADS)
- AWS Elastic Beanstalk managed platform updates
- Remote Access to Devices in Amazon’s Farm
- Cognito sign up and sign up features
- Kinesis stream updates
Slides from the talks are online now, and videos are promised to be out soon.
AWS Chicago meetup groups
On a related note, we help organize, host, and sponsor the AWS user group here in Chicago. Over the last 6 months we’ve seen a huge spike in attendance at meetups as well.
As most of you know the AWS Chicago summit is this week! With all of the excitement of having Amazon in Chicago we wanted to remind you of our upcoming AWS Meetup events!
If you’re in Chicago, make sure to check out the AWS Chicago meetup page to RSVP for our spring and summer events and follow us on Twitter at @awschicago.
Check out this recent video of the most recent Chicago AWS Meetup on Lambda Functions and Serverless Architectures:
1. “AWS Lambda & Serverless Architecture”
Jared Short, Director of DevOps at Trek10 – @ShortJared
2. “The Serverless Framework in Action”
Jared Short, Director of DevOps -at Trek10 – @ShortJared
(Starts at 31:55)
3. “Lambda-fying a Legacy Webapp”
Chris Johnson Bidler, Senior Cloud Computing Engineer at TransUnion – @hlprmnky