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Feb 19, 2021
Episode 81 - re:Invent 2020 - AI/ML Special
In this episode of AWS TechChat, we close out our four parts of AWS re:Invent 2020 series with an AI/ML special. We cover Amazon Sagemaker, Amazon Kendra, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Amazon QuickSight, and some brand new services. We talk about AWS HealthLake and how it makes sense of health data. AWS customers can use Kendra’s Google Drive connector to ingest and manage content from Google Docs and Google Slides. We introduce AWS Panorama which will help improve your operations with computer vision at the edge. We continue with a raft of new Amazon SageMaker updates: • Amazon SageMaker Feature Store - A fully managed repository for machine learning features • Amazon SageMaker Clarify - Bias Detection and Explainability • Amazon SageMaker Debugger - Optimize ML models with real-time monitoring of training metrics and system resources • Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor - Detect drift in model quality, model bias, and feature importance • Amazon SageMaker Pipelines - First purpose-built CI/CD service for machine learning • Amazon SageMaker Jumpstart - Simplifies Access to Pre-built Models and Machine Learning Solutions Before wrapping out, we share two more AI/ML updates - Amazon EMR Studio is the integrated development environment (IDE) for applications written in R, Python, Scala, PySpark, and Jupyter notebooks now gives you the option to deploy on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Amazon QuickSight allows you to ask Natural Language Query (NLQ) about your data and get answers in seconds. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS Pallavi Nargund - Solutions Architect, AWS
1 hr 4 min
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 80 - re:Invent 2020 - Customer Engagement, Gaming, IOT, Marketplace, and More!
In this episode of TechChat we continue our four part re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering Customer Engagement, Gaming, IOT and Industry, Marketplace, Misc.., and closed out with Partner Updates. For Customer Engagement, we talked about: * Contact Lens now supports real-time contact center analytics to detect customer issues on live calls * Combine this with Connect Wisdom to pull up call relevant info to the agent in real-time. I love the warranty/support example you gave here ear * Voice ID provides real-time caller authentication with no changes to the natural call flow and fall back to traditional authentication methods. * Customer Profiles give you a unified view of your customers * Connect Tasks makes it easy to prioritize, assign, track, and automate contact center agent tasks * And if you're in or have call centers Latin America, 10 new price drops for telephony rates and new inbound numbers were announced at ReInvent. For you gamers or game developers out there: * GameLifts FlexMatch now works regardless of where developers host their game. So maybe we’ll see more cross-platform multi-player games match players across their game vs just that In IOT and Industrial topics we covered: * The new Lookout family of services. First one’s for * Equipment for detecting abnormal equipment behavior and encouragin predictive maintenance * Lookout for Vision will ingest images from the product line to he automate quality inspection * And finally Lookout for Metrics, will help you apply similar anomaly detection to any of your business data and respective metrics. * If your machinery doesn’t have sensors, then you can leverage Monitron, an end-to-end system you can buy at amazon.com (http://amazon.com/) to detect abnormal equipment behavior. * And finally Table charts added to IoT SiteWise help tabulate and visualize the latest key operational metrics like equipment properties and other machine data For Marketplace updates we had: * You can now purchase Professional Services for third-party software from the Marketplace * If you’re using the Private Marketplace, you now have API access to automate and scale out your operations and access. And some general updates we’re going to group together: * IGMP is now supported in Transit Gateway to easily deploy, manage and scale multicast applications * Audit Manager helps prep for audits automating collection of data on AWS resources. * Glue Elastic Views is in Preview for creating materialized views of your data. * And Elasticsearch Service now supports Glue Elastic Views * License Manager enhances automated discovery with tag-based search and detection of software uninstalls * And also provides central management for Entitlements purchased from the Marketplace * And finally, Service Catalog AppRegistry can be used to define and describe your applications running in AWS Partner updates: * Foundational Technical Review Lens now available in the AWS Well-Architected Tool along with SaaS Lens * SaaS Factory Insights Hub helps providers gain insights with various types of content * While SaaS Boost will help partners accelerate their solutions into a SaaS offering. * Introducing the New AWS Travel and Hospitality Competency as well as the * APN Travel & Hospitality Navigate track for partner in those verticals or looking to enter. * And Finally AWS Public Safely and Disaster Response Technology Partners are goto partners to help our customers around the world improve organizational capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters.
Jan 3, 2021
Episode 79 - re:Invent 2020 - App Dev, Containers & Database Wrap
In this episode of AWS TechChat, we continue with part 2 of our 4 parts of AWS re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering Application Development, Containers, and Database announcements. For our developer community, we talk about: • Using Amazon CodeGuru’s new Security Detectors to help you find and remediate security issues in your code. • Python support for Amazon CodeGuru (in preview). • We share another new service, Amazon DevOps Guru (in preview) for measuring and improving an application’s operational performance. • Amazon Lambda now supports up to 10 GB of memory and 6 vCPU cores and a billing granularity reduction down to 1ms. • Amazon API Gateway now supports integration with Step Functions StartSyncExecution for HTTP APIs. • Amazon AppFlow now provides Amazon Connect Customer Profiles connectivity to several cloud applications. • Amazon AppFlow can provide similar app integrations with those 3rd party apps to HoneyCode. • For those AWS Amplify users, deploy AWS Fargate containers through the Amplify Command Line Interface (CLI) and you get a new AdminUI to boot that deploys all the underlying bits for you. • AWS Proton to bridge the gap between platform and development teams. In containers, we kick it off with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS): • First, cluster add-ons are managed through the Amazon EKS console, CLI, or API. • Run Amazon EKS on-premises with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Distribution. • Amazon EKS on AWS Fargate now has built-in logging with Fluent Bit under the hood. • You can now see all your Kubernetes resources in the Amazon EKS console without needing extra tools. • Public registries for your container images with Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) public and the Amazon ECR public gallery. • Use your existing containers as an AWS Lambda package format. • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Deployment Circuit Breaker is in preview to stop deployments from getting worse and auto-rollback. In database, we cover the following announcements: • Babelfish, not a mythological creature, but a translation layer between Amazon Aurora PostgresSQL and Microsoft SQL. • V2 of Amazon Aurora Serverless has arrived, considerably faster and scales in a fraction of a second, with scaling so fast it is perfect for those event-driven applications. • AWS Data Exchange adds revision access rules for governing access. • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Service Delivery Partners for when you want someone to build, deploy, and manage your Amazon RDS deployments. • Amazon RDS Cross-Region backups come to Amazon RDS for Oracle • Share data across Amazon Redshift clusters with data sharing in preview and pull data from partners directly via the Amazon RedShift Console. • Amazon RedShift Federated query comes to Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon Aurora MySQL. • Amazon Redshift Automatic Table Optimization to keep your data warehouse running in tip-top shape automatically. • Move Amazon RedShift clusters easily across Availability Zones. • JSON supports in preview for Amazon RedShift. • Finally, AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) comes to Amazon RedShift (in Preview) as a caching layer to speed up queries. Stay tuned as we cover all aspects of AWS re:invent 2020 in our coming updates. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS AWS Events: AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ AWS Innovate AI/ML Edition https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/machine-learning/ AWS Builders Online Series On-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Events and Webinars - http://aws.amazon.com/events/
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 78 - re:Invent 2020 - Compute, Storage, Security & Network Wrap
In this episode of TechChat we start our 4 part re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering all ‘Security’, ‘Network’, ‘Compute’ and ‘Storage’ announcements. We started reviewing security announcements * AWS Security Hub (https://aws.amazon.com/security-hub/) can now automatically receive findings from the Kube-bench (https://github.com/aquasecurity/kube-bench). * AWS Audit Manager is a new service that helps you continuously audit your AWS usage and automates evidence collection to make it easier for you to assess whether your policies, procedures, and activities are operating effectively. * CloudTrail provides more granular control of data event logging through advanced event selectors Before pivoting to Network updates * AWS Transit Gateway Inter-region Peering is Now Available in additional regions which provides you more choice in how you architect your network and software stack. * AWS Transit Gateway Connect brings SD-WAN connectivity to your VPC * AWS Global Accelerator launches custom routing allowing you to route multiple users to a specific EC2 destination in a single or multiple AWS Regions by directing them to a unique port on your accelerator * VPC Reachability Analyzer is here to simplify connectivity testing and troubleshooting, a great win for customers Compute brings a raft of new instance and instance types * EC2 Mac instances for macOS * New instance types (M5zn high frequency and 100Gbps | D3 and D3en, the next generation of dense HDD storage instances | R5b instances featuring 60 Gbps of EBS Bandwidth and 260K IOPS | G4ad instances, powered by AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs) * Local Zones in Boston, Houston, and Miami * AWS Managed Services supports AWS Outposts * Amazon Machine Images now support tag-on-create and tag-based access control And finally to round out the show we discussed storage * New EBS general purpose volumes, gp3 * EBS io2 volumes now support SAP workloads * Tiered pricing for input/output operations per second (IOPS) charges for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) io2 volume, reducing the cost of provisioning peak IOPS by 15% * quadruples per-volume maximum capacity and performance on io2 volume * S3 Replication adds support for two-way replication * S3 Bucket Keys reduce the costs of Server-Side Encryption with AWS Key Management Service * S3 now delivers strong read-after-write consistency automatically for all applications * S3 Replication adds support for multiple destinations in the same, or different AWS Regions Stay tuned as we cover all aspects of re:invent 2020 in our coming multi-part re:Invent update Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS
Nov 29, 2020
Episode 77 - Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Configuration Management Special
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, we are joined by Darko Meshzaros as he helps to navigate all things Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Configuration Management. IaC is such an important concept for advancing your IT maturity. In this episode we take a journey around IaC and Configuration Management and talk about some of the core concepts and hopefully demystify many of these topics for you. We answer the questions on why we use IaC, discuss about elasticity with IaC and share with you the differences between IaC vs. Configuration Management. Before closing out, we talk through some relevant AWS services such as AWS CloudFormation, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), Cloud Development Kit for Terraform (cdktf), Cloud Development Kit for Kubernetes (cdk8s) and the AWS OpsWorks family. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS Darko Meszaros - Senior Developer Advocate, AWS
Oct 30, 2020
Episode 76 - September/October Tech Round-up
In this episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome Shai Perednik to the TechChat team as we perform a tech round-up from September to October of 2020. We cover a plethora of topics today, we start the show talking about price reductions with AWS IoT Events dropping a mammoth 86%. Amazon Connect - our ever-popular phone system in the cloud decreases telephony costs for outbound calls across six countries in Europe. We introduce a new service - AWS Cost Anomaly Detection which allows you to receive anomaly detection alert notifications with root cause analysis, so you can proactively take actions and minimize unintentional spend. We then move to compute, more AWS Graviton2 instances are available in more regions. Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now has AWS Graviton2-based instances with MySQL and Amazon Aurora. Lastly, the latest generation of burstable, general-purpose Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) T4g instances are now available and deliver up to 40% better price performance over T3 instances. AWS Backup supports application-consistent backups for Windows instances and we also talk about AWS File Gateway performance upgrades. Next, Apache Flink Kinesis consumer now supports Enhanced Fan Out (EFO) and HTTP/2 data retrieval API for Amazon Kinesis Data Streams. In terms of Virtual Private Server (VPS) workloads, Amazon Lightsail offers an Amazon Machine Images (AMI) like experience with OS blueprints. On the container front, Amazon CloudWatch adds Prometheus support and there are EC2 security groups and customizable service IP ranges for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). We then pivot to serverless and database updates, AWS Lambda adds support in the console for AWS Step Functions, making the process of authoring state machines and Lambda functions even easier and with AWS Launch Wizard, you can now easily deploy SQL Server Always On availability groups on Ubuntu Server. Before we close out, we cover a few networking updates. Amazon CloudFront launch Origin Shield which is another caching layer that collapses requests from Edge Locations and Regional Edge Caches to the closest Regional Edge Cache to the origin, providing an increased cache hit ratio and a reduction of load on the origin. A great feature release if your application has a global audience. Lastly, we end the show with a development update - Amazon EventBridge now supports Dead Letter Queues (DLQs), which makes event-driven applications more resilient and durable by storing your events in queues when the events can't be delivered, or the target is unavailable. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS
Sep 27, 2020
Episode 75 - Amazon EventBridge & Amazon AppFlow Special
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, I am joined by Gabe Hollombe and we look at two relatively new AWS Services - Amazon EventBridge and Amazon AppFlow. We start the show revisiting a messaging foundation and what are the gaps Amazon EventBridge fills in our product portfolio. We discuss that Amazon EventBridge is a serverless event bus that makes it easy to connect applications together using data from your own applications, SaaS applications, and AWS services before contrasting Amazon EventBridge to Amazon CloudWatch Events. Then we pivot to Amazon EventBridge Schema Registry which allows you to discover, create, and manage OpenAPI schemas for events on Amazon EventBridge. You can find schemas for existing AWS services, create and upload custom schemas, or generate a schema based on events on an event bus. Lastly we talk about Amazon AppFlow, an even newer AWS service. Amazon AppFlow allows you to securely transfer data between SaaS applications like Salesforce, Marketo, and Slack with AWS services like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Redshift in just a few clicks. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Gabe Hollombe - Principal Developer Advocate, AWS Resources: Amazon EventBridge https://aws.amazon.com/eventbridge/ Amazon CloudWatch Events https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudWatch/latest/events/WhatIsCloudWatchEvents.html Amazon EventBridge Schema Registry https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eventbridge/latest/userguide/eventbridge-schemas.html Amazon AppFlow https://aws.amazon.com/appflow/ AWS Events: AWS Modern Applications Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-applications/ AWSome Day Online Conference https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/ AWS Data, Databases, and Analytics Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/ AWS Builders Online Series on-demand http://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Summit Online on-demand - http://aws.amazon.com/events/summits/online AWS Events and Webinars - http://aws.amazon.com/events/
Aug 30, 2020
Episode 74 - July / August Tech Round-up
In this episode of AWS TechChat, join us as we perform a tech round-up from July to August of 2020. We start the show with containers, and we talk about AWS Controller for Kubernetes (ACK) which means you can leverage AWS services directly in your Kubernetes applications. Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) now supports UDP load balancing with the Network Load Balancer (NLB) running on Amazon EKS. AWS Fargate for Amazon EKS is now included in Compute Savings Plans. Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now launches the new Amazon ECS Optimized Inferentia Amazon Machine Image (AMI) making it easier for customers to run Inferentia based containers on Amazon ECS. Compute wise, Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances featuring AWS Inferentia chips are now available in additional AWS regions and EC2Launch is now at v2 with a range of new features, including renaming of the administrator account. AWS Graviton2 based instances make their way into more AWS regions. They can now be consumed by Amazon EKS, Amazon EKS pods running on AWS Fargate can now mount Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) file systems. Amazon Braket is now generally available. It provides a development environment for you to explore and build quantum algorithms, test them on quantum circuit simulators, and run them on different quantum hardware technologies. We then introduce a new Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume type - Provisioned IOPS SSD (io2) which fits in between io1 and General Purpose SSD (gp2) based volumes. It has 99.999% of durability and up to 64,000 IOPS per EBS volume. On the development front, AWS Step Functions adds support for string manipulation, new comparison operators, and improved output processing. Amazon API Gateway HTTP APIs adds integration with five AWS services, meaning you no longer need to proxy through code as well as Amazon API Gateway now supports enhanced observability via access logs. Amazon Lightsail now offers content delivery network (CDN) distributions to accelerate content delivery. Lightsail CDN, which is backed by Amazon CloudFront offers three fixed-price data plans, including an introductory plan that's free for 12 months. Amazon CloudFront adds additional geolocation headers for more granular geotagging, caching, and origin request policies providing more options to control and configure headers, query strings, and cookies that can be used to compute the cache key or forwarded to your origin. Before closing out, we talk about AWS Glue version 2.0 which has some sizeable changes around functionality, cost, and speed. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Gabe Hollombe - Principal Developer Advocate, AWS
Jul 29, 2020
Episode 73 - Edge Networking Special
In this 1 hour-long themed episode of AWS TechChat, join us as we sail to the Edge and demystify many of the core concepts that occur before end-user requests are made. We start the show setting a foundation of Domain Name System (DNS), why it is important, before talking about Amazon Route 53, a highly available and scalable cloud DNS Service. It is also a full featured DNS service that is API, SDK, and CLI driven. We then introduce the concept of Content Delivery Networks (CDN), and talk about Amazon CloudFront which speeds up the distribution of your static and dynamic web content. Amazon CloudFront also delivers the content through a worldwide network of data centers called edge locations. Amazon CloudFront allows you to run AWS Lambda functions at the edge. Lambda@Edge is an extension of AWS Lambda which lets you execute functions and customize the content Amazon CloudFront delivers. Before closing out, we talk about AWS Global Accelerator, a service that improves the availability and performance of your applications with local or global users. It provides static IP addresses that act as a fixed entry point to your application endpoints in a single or multiple AWS Regions. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Dean Samuels - Lead Technologist, ASEAN, AWS Resources: Amazon CloudFront - https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/ Amazon Route53 - https://aws.amazon.com/route53/ AWS Global Accelerator - https://aws.amazon.com/global-accelerator/ AWS Events: AWS Builders Online Series http://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Summit Online on-demand - http://aws.amazon.com/events/summits/online AWS Events and Webinars - http://aws.amazon.com/events/
1 hr 4 min
Jul 1, 2020
Episode 72 - May / June Tech Round-up
In this Episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete perform a tech round up from May through to June of 2020. There is now an ability to provide AWS Direct Connect testing. You can now use the Resiliency Toolkit to test the resiliency of the AWS Direct Connect connections. The failover testing feature enables customers to test resiliency by disabling one or more Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) sessions using the AWS Management Console, Command Line Interface, or AWS Direct Connect API. AWS Shield Advanced now allows proactive engagement from the DDoS Response Team (DRT) when a DDoS event is detected. When you turn on proactive engagement, the DRT will directly contact you if an Amazon Route 53 health check associated with your protected resource becomes unhealthy during an event that's detected by Shield Advanced. Amazon Redshift now delivers better cold query performance by significantly improving compilation times. Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Global Database Supports Managed Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Tighten Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of Amazon S3 actions. Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) now supports Apache Kafka version upgrades. We pivot to share the AWS Transfer family update, you can now use the source IP as an additional factor of authentication. A raft of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) updates including the availability of the Graviton 2 based instances. Finally, we talk about Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now enables you to grow storage and to scale performance on your file systems. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS Resources: AWS Direct Connect enables Failover Testing - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/aws-direct-connect-enables-failover-testing/ AWS Shield Advanced now supports proactive response to events - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/aws-shield-advanced-now-supports-proactive-event-response/ Amazon Redshift now delivers better cold query performance by significantly improving compilation times - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/amazon-redshift-now-delivers-better-cold-query-performance/ Now Query for AWS Availability Zones and Local Zones using AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/05/query-for-aws-availability-zones-local-zones-using-aws-systems-manager-parameter-store/ Tighten S3 permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of S3 actions - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/tighten-s3-permissions-iam-users-roles-access-history-s3-actions/ Amazon MSK now supports Apache Kafka version upgrades - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/05/amazon-msk-supports-apache-kafka-version-upgrades/ Announcing the General Availability of Amazon EC2 G4dn Bare Metal Instances - GPU instances with up to 8 NVIDIA T4 GPUs - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/announcing-general-availability-amazon-ec2-g4dn-bare-metal-instances/ Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now enables you to grow storage and to scale performance on your file systems - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/06/amazon-fsx-for-windows-file-server-now-enables-you-to-grow-storage-scale-performance-on-file-system/ AWS Events: AWS Data, Databases, and Analytics Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/ AWS Summit Online on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/summits/online/ AWS Innovate AIML Edition on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/machine-learning/ AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/
Jun 2, 2020
Episode 71 - Kubernetes Special
In this 1 hour long themed episode of AWS TechChat, I am joined by my container yoda Mitch Beaumont explore everything containers in the world of Kubernetes, or is that Kube or K8? It is Kubernetes themed affair, we start the show reminiscing about its history, going back, way back looking at where Kubernetes came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave an overview of Kubernetes concepts in the forms of Pods, ReplicaSet, Services, Volumes, NameSpaces, ConfigMaps, Secrets, StatefulSets & DaemonSet. We then speak about CNI (Container Network Interface) and Istio for container networking and service discovery before a bit of a Q&A session on why Kubernetes? Lastly we talk about Amazon’s Kubernetes offerings in the form of Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), AWS Fargate for EKS and how you can get started on Kubernetes journey. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Mitch Beaumont - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Resources: Episode 55 -…
1 hr 3 min
May 4, 2020
Episode 70 - March / April Tech Round-up
In this Episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete embark on a different style of the show and share with you a lot of updates - over 30 updates and we tackle it like speed dating. We start the show with some updates, there are now an additional 2 AWS regions, Milan in Italy and Cape Town in South Africa. This brings the region count to 24 Regions and 76 Availability Zones. Amazon Guard Duty has a price reduction for the customers who are consuming it on the upper end of the scale, VPC flow log scanning is now 40% cheaper when your logs are more than 10,000GB. Lots of Database engine updates: • Database engine version updates across almost all engines. Microsoft SSAS (SQL Server Analysis Studio) is now available on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for SQL Server now. • If you are currently running SSAS on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), you can now save costs by running SSAS directly on the same Amazon RDS DB instance as your SQL Server database. SSAS is c…
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 69 - Cost Optimisation Special
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat we explore methods you can use to make a step change in optimizing cost in your AWS account and we are not talking about powering off idle resources. We talk about the new AWS Graviton Processor in the form of the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) M6G, R6G and C6G. Currently in public preview, meaning you can request access. If your workload can make use of an aarch64 architecture, they can save you in the realm of 40% off your EC2 costs. We also talk about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances that lets you take advantage of unused Amazon EC2 capacity in the AWS Cloud. Spot Instances are available at up to a 90% discount compared to On-Demand price, which is something to hang your hat on. You can consume spot from AWS Fargate - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon EC2, Application Load Balancer, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), AWS CloudFormation, AWS Data Pipleline and AWS Batch. We then pivot to AWS Well-Architected Framework that prov…
Mar 15, 2020
Episode 68 - Cloud Adoption Anti-Patterns
AWS TechChat Episode #68 – Cloud Adoption Anti-Patterns In this episode of AWS TechChat Peter ‘Dr Pete’ Stanski speaks with Mark Brown (Enterprise Lead) and they discuss some of the things that slow down cloud adoption. With a combined cloud experience tenure of more than 16 years, they share the 5 common anti-patterns for cloud projects. They dig deep and break these down into Leadership, Skills, Security, Operating models and Data. Speakers: Mark Brown – Enterprise Leader, Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), AWS Peter Stanski - Head of Technology (HoT), Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), AWS
Feb 6, 2020
Episode 67 - Dealing With Failure Special
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat we explore how one deals with failure because as we say, everything fails all the time. The show starts with level setting with some acronyms to ensure we are all on the same page. RTO, RPO’s and will now mean something to everyone by the end of this episode. Disaster Recovery (DR) is often thought in many organizations as an insurance policy and we discuss about the impact versus risk and how you can put some structure around your decision-making. We then pivot to various approaches you can use for DR: • Pilot Light - ensuring you replicate your statement of records and are able to instantiate your stacks via infrastructure as code. • Warm Standby, allowing you to run a scaled down version of your stack, but allowing you to scale up with Auto Scaling Groups and increasing the number of running tasks in your containers. • Before speaking about a traditional backup and restore approach, which is still very valid. LTO may be gone but you…
Jan 24, 2020
Episode 66 - November 2019 --> January 2020 Tech Round-up - Part 2
In this Episode of AWS TechChat, Pete and Shane are in Chicago and continue on part 2 of an update show that continues to cover some of the missed but very important updates that occurred in the last few months (November 2019 → January 2020) whilst we embraced re:Invent 2019. We start the show with some Container news. Firstly, we have four GitHub actions that provide hooks to accelerate your CI/CD pipeline. The actions relate to credentials, secrets, through to ECR and deployment. It helps developers focus on iterating with a high velocity and GitHub handling the heavy lifting of the deployment. Amazon EKS being all popular has had a limit increase - 100 Amazon EKS clusters per region per account. We continue to share two networking related updates - Access Control List (ACL) restrictions to public endpoints and the ability to resolve the private Amazon EKS cluster endpoint when using a peered VPC. Finally, on the container front we launched AWS Fargate Spot, only for Amazon ECS a…
Jan 9, 2020
Episode 65 - November 2019 --> January 2020 Tech Round-up - Part 1
In this Episode of AWS TechChat, I cover some of the missed but very important updates that occurred in the last few months (November 2019 to January 2020) whilst we embraced re:Invent 2019. The show starts with the introduction of AWS Lambda Destinations. It’s a new feature of Lambda that provides visibility into a Lambda functions invocation and routes the execution results to AWS services, which simplifying event-driven applications when a function is invoked asynchronously, I pivot to a raft of EC2 updates, starting with some house keeping with longer Amazon EC2 Resource IDs. From now until the end of April 2020, you can test your systems with the longer format and opt in when you are ready but after April 2020. All new resources will be created with longer resource IDs by default. It applies only to new resources and i encourage you test out before April 2020. Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) are now having new Amazon EC2 instance types availabl…
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 64 - Amazon SageMaker Special
In this Amazon SageMaker themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane & Tom start the show level setting on what Amazon SageMaker is and how and where it slots in to our product offerings. Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that provides every developer and data scientist with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly at scale. We introduce Amazon SageMaker AutoPilot, which lets you automatically create the best classification and regression machine learning models, while providing full control and visibility. We then talk about Amazon SageMaker Studio - your machine learning integrated development environment (IDE) in the cloud. Developers can write code, track experiments, visualize data, and perform debugging and monitoring all within a single, integrated visual interface. As part of Amazon SageMaker Studio, it comes with the new Amazon SageMaker Notebook, which allows developers to spin up machine learning notebooks in seconds, without needing to pic…
Dec 6, 2019
Episode 63 - re:Invent 2019 - Dr.Werner Vogels Keynote Recap
In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the Thursday keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. We start the show introducing Amazon Nitro System, look at it from a software lens and share with you the why and how we built this. As virtualization is at the core of the AWS Cloud we went back to the drawing board and built our own hypervisor to provide performance almost in-distinguishable of bare metal whilst providing a security demarcation for our platform. Nitro has allowed us to innovate faster, we have released 4x more instances since we have moved to Nitro. We then take a refresher and look at Firecracker. You can launch lightweight micro-virtual machines (microVMs) in non-virtualized environments in a fraction of a second. Given we use Firecracker under the hood for AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate, it provides faster, tighter more seamless scaling than other platforms such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon El…
Dec 5, 2019
Episode 62 - re:Invent 2019 - Andy Jassy Main Keynote recap
In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the main keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, with a ton of announcements for all. We started the show with a new range of Arm-based processors based on AWS new Arm chip - M6g, C6g and R6g making that price to performance ration even more attractive. We continue to share the announcements that we made: Amazon Braket – A fully managed service that allows scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from multiple quantum hardware providers in a single place. AWS Fargate has made its way to Amazon EKS, you can now launch EKS containers as a Fargate launch type. Amazon EC2 instance for inference - the Amazon EC2 Inf1, powered by our own custom silicon Inferentia chips has gone GA. AWS Fargate Spot is a new capability on AWS Fargate that can run interruption tolerant Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Tasks at up to a 70% discount off the Fargate price. AWS Outposts has gone GA, so if y…
Dec 4, 2019
Episode 61 - re:Invent 2019 - Monday Night Live
In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover ‘Monday Night Live’, the first keynote of AWS re:Invent 2019 presented by Peter Desantis - VP of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, and it's all about infrastructure. We start the show talking about HPC (High Performance Computing), the pain points around HPC that users faced in the past and how our investments in our network, with 100Gb networking, Nitro and EFA (Elastic Fabric Adapter) have been a game changer. Formula 1 give us a lesson in CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) and how AWS is helping fans to stand on the edge of the seat with the 2021 car which reduces dirty air for the following car ensuring following cars don't take a huge down-force hit. We talk about Machine Learning, P3dn, G4 and snuck in a tidbit for AWS Inferentia which was released today in the form of the Amazon EC2 Inf1 family. To close out this episode, we cover AWS global network and introduce 10 new Amazon CloudFront edge locations before finishing…
Nov 25, 2019
re:Invent 2019 - AWS TechChat Public Service Annoucement
re:Invent 2019 - AWS TechChat Public Service Annoucement by Shane Baldacchino
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 60 - November 2019 Tech Round-up
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in October and November in the year 2019. The show starts with a fun announcement - Amazon WordPress plugin. It combines our plugins around Amazon Polly and Amazon Translate, now provides a workflow to configure an Amazon CloudFront distribution. It is available to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory. Coming up next, something rather huge in the world of AWS - Savings Plans. They introduce the latest cost-savings plans, discuss how it compares to Reserved Instances (RI), talk about the two variations - Compute and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and show you how to get started a savings plan. Amazon CloudWatch has now launched cross-accoun t and cross-region dashboard giving you an aggregated and single pane of view across multiple AWS accounts allowing you to display what matters to you. Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VM…
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 59 - Event Driven Architecture Special
In this event-driven themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete started the show talking about event-driven architectures. The event-driven architecture is an architectural pattern that orchestrates behavior around the production, detection, and consumption of events as well as the responses they evoke. They then moved on to AWS Lambda, which is the product that made the event-driven architecture pattern popular. AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events, which is why it is suited for event-driven architectures and as we learned, has 24 event sources that can invoke an AWS Lambda function. Getting into the meat of the show, they pivoted to Single-Page Apps (SPA) and Event Forking, which are two patterns that are commonly used to exploit the benefits that event-driven architecture brings. Let us not forget the AWS Event Forking Pipeline, a suite of open-source nested applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), which…
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 58 - October 2019 Tech Round-up
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in September and October in the year 2019. They started the show with an announcement around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Single Region Replication, with this feature you can now automatically and asynchronously replicate newly uploaded S3 objects to a destination bucket in the same AWS Region. Just remember you need to enable versioning. There is now a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance, G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, which are the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications. You can find them in limited regions. Limits are changing on Amazon EC2. We have made them easier with vCPU based on demand limits. Much easier to manage. All you need to do is remember you have two limits post-October 21. One limit that governs the usage of standard instance families (A,C,D,H,I…
Oct 3, 2019
Episode 57 - Messaging Special
In this messaging themed episode of AWS TechChat, Pete is back, and more so in person. They started the show reminiscing about messaging history, going back, looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today. More importantly, why do we use messaging and the benefits you can derive in decoupling your architecture. They then pivot to event streams, which cover both Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, (Amazon MSK). They are both designed to process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs. Next, they moved to a more traditional message bus - Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Amazon MQ (Managed message broker service for ActiveMQ), both a durable pull-based messaging platform. Amazon SQS being lightweight and tightly integrated to the AWS Cloud platform and Amazon MQ supporting a variety of protocols making it a great choice for existing applications that use industry-standard protocols. Finally, they talked about push-b…
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 56 - September 2019 Tech Round-up
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August and September in the year 2019. They start the show with an announcement - support for multiple TLS certificates on Network Load Balancers using Server Name Indication (SNI). You can now host multiple secure applications, each with its own TLS certificate, on a single load balancer listener. Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) is now GA, and it is a fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log owned by a central trusted authority. They then spoke about the recently announced AWS Solution that uses Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Elasticsearch (ES) Service for indexing and analyzing unstructured text. This reference implementation in the form of AWS CloudFormation (CFN) deploys a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for extracting meaningful insights from unstructured data…
Sep 6, 2019
Episode 55 - Container Special
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane brings along a special guest, AWS Solution Architect and Container expert - Mitch Beaumont. We started the show reminiscing about container history, going way back looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave a quick overview of our container offerings - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate. I then posed a fictitious question about container orchestration - what options are available and the pros and cons of each platform. We looked at our container roadmap, so pop that into your favorite search engine (https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap) to get an understanding of what has shipped, what is coming soon and what we are working on. They say, if you are not keeping score it’s just practice, so Mitch ran us through the approaches we need to take as we make the shift through to containers around observability and monitoring before t…
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 54 - August 2019 Tech Round-up
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August in the year 2019. However, before doing this they took a look at the SDLC or the Software Development Lifecycle through the lens of AWS Lambda, our favorite server-less compute engine. We discussed trade-offs; in other words, what you are getting and what you are losing with AWS Lambda. We talked through the AWS Lambda support policy, 12-factor apps and worked through three options in which you can manage deprecation of runtimes. We then pivoted to updates, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (ECS) now supports multiple load balancers. You can now attach multiple target groups to your Amazon ECS services that are running on either Amazon EC2 or AWS Fargate. This update is quite huge and a big win for customers. AWS Lake Formation is now Generally Available, and it is a new managed service to help you build a secure data lake in days. It allows you to Iden…
Aug 8, 2019
Episode 53 - SysAdmin & Hybrid Cloud Special
In this hour-long themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean reminisce about their past and cover topics that are important to the budding systems engineer, systems administrator and network engineer. We started the show by announcing a new region, Bahrain, the first in the Middle East taking our region count to 22. On the Automation front, we spoke about methods and mechanisms you can use to automate the administration of your AWS environment via the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, AWS CloudFormation, and now AWS Cloud Development Kit has gone GA. We kept it real with a bit of QA, comparing on-premises via AWS, and Shane did not quite stump Dean, almost. We then spoke about networking by introducing concepts and explaining ways in which you can deal with hybrid workloads at both the network layer and via DNS. Lastly, we closed the show out with a conversation on what is the minimum kit to on-premises for most organizations before talking ab…
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Jul 25, 2019
Episode 52 - July 2019 Tech Round-up
In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom (yes he is back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of July in the year 2019. They started the show with two Amazon CloudWatch updates. Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection, which applies machine learning to continuously analyze a specific CloudWatch metrics determines a nominal baseline, and surfaces anomalies, all without user intervention before introducing you to Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights and as the sticker says, is a fully managed service to help monitor and troubleshoot containers. Both of these additions are not GA but get your hands dirty and have a play. They then pivoted by introducing you to a new service, Amazon EventBridge, which is a serverless event bus that routes real-time data streams from your applications and services to targets like AWS Lambda. EventBridge facilitates event-driven application development by simplifying the process of ingesting and…
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 51 - Modern Relational Database Built for the Cloud
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe talk about the modern relational database built for the cloud: Amazon Aurora. So prepare to SELECT some Amazon Aurora knowledge INTO your brain! They start the episode with some level setting. Amazon Aurora is a fully-managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible database, purpose-built for the cloud. It has great performance, and it gives enterprise-grade reliability at 1/10th the cost of traditional options. It has a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64TB. Keeping it modern and real, they then discuss Amazon Aurora Serverless, which is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale capacity up or down based on your app's needs. It enables you to run your database with all the benefits that serverless brings. Finally, they close the show out with a discussion around Amazon Aurora Global Database, which is des…
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 50 - June 2019 Tech Round-up
In this episode of AWS TechChat, TechChat turns 50 and Shane and Pete come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in June, in the year 2019. They started the show, introducing you to a new service that has gone GA - AWS IoT Events. AWS IoT Events is a new, fully managed IoT service that makes it easy to detect and respond to events from IoT sensors and applications without the traditional heavy lifting of building traditional IoT applications and brings a managed complex event detection service to our already buff IoT suit. Sticking with IoT theme, we quickly announced BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) support has landed in Amazon FreeRTOS, and a new MQTT library is now generally available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00. With this update, you can now securely connect Amazon FreeRTOS devices using BLE to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices, and use the new MQTT library to create applications that are independent of the connectivity protocol. We then spoke about…
Jun 14, 2019
Episode 49 - AWS RAM and CDK Deep Dive
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete take it up a notch in a thought-provoking episode. They discuss some key AWS feature releases that are fundamentally changing the approach of how customers wire up those more complex AWS account structures and talk to you about some modern approaches more mature customers are adopting. We started the show with AWS RAM (Resource Access Manager) which is a simple and secure way to share resources across AWS Accounts, worth taking a look if you use VPC Peering or hybrid DNS resolvers today. They then pivoted to AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) which is a software development framework, with the artifact being AWS CloudFormation, yet another tool to help you move to No-Ops and focus on improving developer productivity. AWS CDK offers a higher-level object-oriented abstraction to define AWS resources imperatively. And lastly out with the old and in with the new (and it’s not Pete). Node JS 6 is EOL (End-of-Life) for AWS Lambda, and we anno…
Jun 3, 2019
Episode 48 - May 2019 Tech Round-up
In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete (yes he’s alive and back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in May 2019. They started the show with a price cut for Amazon Connect because everyone likes price cuts, and Amazon Connect is now 26% cheaper in two US regions. Next, they cover additional cloud-formation support for both AWS Transfer for SFTP and AWS Backup, allowing you automate the usage of these services. Moving on they talked through Amazon CloudWatch percentiles, as it has introduced support for percentiles on metric filters which are particularly useful when applied to metrics that exhibit large variances. AWS Ground Station has gone GA (General Availability). So prepare your satellites. There are no long-term commitments, you pay only for antenna time, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it. Shane then kept it real by talking about AWS Step Funct…
May 23, 2019
Episode 47 - Application Security Special
In this AWS TechChat - Application Security Edition, Shane chats with Gabe about all things application security, providing a crash course for the builder in all of us. They start the show with some level setting to set the scene, introducing the Top 10 OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) before moving on to CVE's (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). They then move up the stack to Layer 7 and speak about AWS WAF, which is our web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits and how you can use AWS WAF to mitigate against OWASP Top 10 risks as well as how you can leverage managed rule sets for common COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) applications. Lastly, introducing Amazon Inspector - an automated security assessment service that helps shine a light on the security and compliance of applications deployed on Amazon EC2 by detecting CVE's and instance drift again CIS standards.
May 9, 2019
Episode 46 - Updates for the Modern Builder
Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they get their inner geek on and cover a few significant announcements that occurred last month that help the modern builders. They cover some quick announcements around Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 T3a instances are now a thing, and what’s more, our A1 instances are finding their way into Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS with the latter being in preview. They then set the scene around containers, romanticized about the past and how they differ from Virtual Machines before introducing AWS AppMesh. AWS AppMesh is a service mesh that provides application-level networking to make it easy for your services to communicate with each other, before rounding out the show by introducing the AWS Toolkit for VS Code which provides an integrated one-stop experience for developing and debugging serverless applications in AWS Lambda and AWS SAM.
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 45 - Getting Started On AWS - Part 2#2
Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they close our two-part series on getting started on AWS. In this episode they build on part 1 by extending the foundational concepts, allowing the student to become the master. They cover ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) via Amazon Elasticsearch Service allowing you to keep score on your website by visualizing logs, spotting trends and finding that needle in the haystack. They then pivot to collaboration and helping reduce feedback cycles and bring your team closer together via Amazon Chime before briefly touching on Managed Active Directory and why you should run it on AWS. Lastly, they talk about Amazon WorkSpaces, your VDI experience in the cloud allowing you to build desktop systems at scale from general purpose, to GPU backed instances and pay for them by the hour.
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 44 - Getting Started On AWS - Part 1#2
Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the core concepts on how you can get a website and email service up and running on AWS. In part 1 of this two-part series, they lay a technical foundation and cover domain registration, and DNS in general with Amazon Route 53, an awesome awesome DNS service. They then speak about web-hosting and touched on the various options you have in AWS before transitioning to MX records and Amazon WorkMail for email hosting.
Apr 4, 2019
Episode 43 - Latest Tech Round-Up
Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the latest AWS Tech Round-Up. In this episode, they touch on topics relevant to all gamuts of IT. They start the show with a deep dive of AWS Step Functions Local and AWS Step Functions support for Tag Based Permissions. They then pivot to ALB (Application Load Balancer) announcement as ALB now supports ARR (Advanced Request Routing). They wrap up the episode with an introduction to AWS Deep Learning Containers.
Mar 22, 2019
Episode 42 - OS, Container & Network Updates
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean cover updates that aid in optimising your server and container operations via the Amazon Linux Upgrade Assistant and Amazon ECS Enhanced Container Dependency Management respectively. They also cover how applications in an Amazon VPC'es (Virtual Private Cloud)can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across VPC peering connections. Finally they look at emerging trends and technologies customers are using to experiment and innovate for their businesses.
Mar 4, 2019
Episode 41 - Supercharging Developer & Operational Productivity
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete reflect on changes to the AWS platform that have occurred over the years. They review the services that often go hidden away. Whilst often niche to the masses, they are important and are the unsung heroes which can affect developer and operational productivity. Shane talks about patterns and anti-patterns for AWS Secrets Manager and AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. They then pivot to AWS Certificate Manager and explain a little bit about public and private certificates, and how AWS Certificate Manager regardless if you are a developer or an operational person makes your life easier. Lastly, they cover AWS Simple Email Service which is a reliable and simple way to send email and how it can easily slot in to you landscape.
Feb 8, 2019
Episode 40 - Post re:Invent Tech Round Up
Its the new year and a new episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete look over the 50 or so announcements post re:Invent. They talk about price cuts for AWS Fargate of up to 50%, introduce Server 2019 Amazon EC2 AMI's and what it brings to the table and why you should upgrade. They introduce 3 new services, AWS Backup, AWS Client VPN and Amazon WorkLink and talk about the latest Amazon EC2 Placement group feature and partition placement groups.
Jan 29, 2019
Episode 39 - AWS re:Invent 2018 Bumper Episode Part 3
In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom close out our 3 part re:Invent special with an episode for the builders. They talk through the added functionality released around AWS Lambda, and there is a lot. AWS Lambda as a ALB Target, AWS Lambda Layers providing common dependencies across functions and Lambda Custom Runtimes allowing you build AWS Lambda functions with your own runtimes. They introduce StepFunctions API Connectors enabling customers to workflows that consume AWS services without writing extensive code and lastly the AWS Amplify Console which provides continuous delivery and hosting services for mobile and web applications
Jan 10, 2019
Episode 38 - AWS re:Invent 2018 Bumper Episode Part 2
In the second part of AWS re: Invent 2018 recap episode, Shane is joined by Tom McMeekin, Solutions Architect, AWS. They dive into important Machine Learning and AI announcements around Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon Elastic Inference, AWS Optimized for TensorFlow, Amazon DeepRacer, Amazon SageMaker Neo, Amazon Textract, Amazon Personalize and Amazon Forecast.
Dec 18, 2018
Episode 37 - AWS re:Invent 2018 Bumper Episode Part 1
In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete and Shane scratch the surface of AWS re:Invent 2018.. This episode will highlight ARM's coming of age with the Amazon EC2 A1 instance powered by the AWS Graviton processor. They will introduce you to Firecracker, a platform that gives customers the hardware virtualization-based security boundaries of virtual machines, while maintaining the smaller package size and agility of containers and functions and lastly they will cover storage updates by introducing you to AWS FSx, which provides two managed file systems and briefly scratch the surface of AWS Transfer for SFTP.“
Dec 6, 2018
Episode 36 - Sharp roundup with special guest Tom McMeekin
Joining host Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat is special guest Tom McMeekin, Solution Architect, AWS. Shane and Tom discuss updates to Amazon Route 53, support for DNS resolution over inter region VPC, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and AWS CloudFormation.
Nov 19, 2018
Episode 35 - Deep Dive on Databases
Dr Pete and Shane are back in the latest episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode we'll be doing a deep dive on database options on AWS. So for all your DBA's out there today, you are in for a treat and for those who aren't DBA's, we will equip you with enough information to show them up at the water cooler. As always, we'll also spend a few moments covering some of the recent announcements on service features and the AWS global infrastructure.
Oct 18, 2018
Episode 34 - Latest Tech Round-up
Dr.Pete and Shane are back again with another episode of AWS TechChat! Tune in to find out more about price reductions and the latest AWS updates around Amazon EC2, AWS Storage Gateway, Multi Factor Authentication with Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), AWS Lambda, AWS WAF and Amazon Aurora.
Sep 21, 2018
Episode 33 - System Observability and Hybrid IT
In another exciting episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dean and Gabe share, the latest AWS events, key releases such as AWS X-Ray adding support for controlling sampling rate from the X-Ray console, Amazon API Gateway adding support for AWS X-Ray, Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access and, dive deep into system observability and hybrid IT.
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 32 - Quick Wins To Save You Time And Money
Join Dr Pete and Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as, they share quick wins to save time and money! They share six quick wins from updating your Amazon EC2 instances, using Amazon Aurora for Auto Scaling, managing and measuring your free tier usage with the free tier widget, reducing time spent on application development with Serverless Bot Framework and AWS Amplify, upgrading to Amazon Redshift DC2 Reserved Instances to the price reduction of Amazon Lightsail.
Aug 1, 2018
Episode 31 - Innovate Quickly with AWS
In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Olivier and Dean discuss how AWS enables you to innovate quickly with the latest from AWS PrivateLink, Amazon CloudFront, VPC endpoints, AWS Greengrass, AWS Snowball Edge, AWS Fargate, Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Transcribe.
Jul 8, 2018
Episode 30 - Jam Packed Tech Dive
Unable to attend some of your favourite AWS events? Join Dr Pete and Shane as they kick off the jam packed 30th episode of AWS TechChat on the latest AWS events, update of AWS stats and dive into deep tech details around AWS landing zones, Amazon API Gateway, Storage Gateway, Application Load Balancer, Amazon Linux, Amazon EMR and AWS DeepLens.
Jun 23, 2018
Episode 29 - From General Availability to Dev Tools
Welcome Gabe Hollombe on-board AWS TechChat in this latest episode. Hosts Dean and Gabe start the episode with the latest AWS stats, general availability of Amazon Neptune, Amazon EKS and Amazon Sumerian. They then go into the latest from Amazon Cognito, AWS AppSync, AWS MobileHub, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon SQS, Application Load Balancer and Amazon SageMaker.
May 16, 2018
Episode 28 - Round-up of the latest AWS news!
In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr. Pete and Shane share with you some of the latest AWS stats, how you can optimize GPUs for Amazon EC2 instance, updates and announcements around AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon SNS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon ECS, registry of open data on AWS, opportunities for cost savings for Amazon RDS, AWS Certified Security Exam and AWS Database Migration Service.
Apr 20, 2018
Episode 27 - What's New at AWS?
TechChat Episode #27 Missed the AWS Summits? We bring you AWS TechChat from the AWS Summit Sydney! In the first episode of TechChat TV, hear Dr Pete & Dean Samuels share what’s new at AWS. Watch this session on TechChat TV: https://bit.ly/2HgUdke
Apr 8, 2018
Episode 26 - Dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS
In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome Shane Baldacchino to the line of up AWS TechChat hosts! Dr Pete & Shane kick off this episode with updates on the AWS infrastructure and, dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS with news around Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, AWS Greengrass ML Inference, Amazon FreeRTOS, AWS IoT Device Management, Amazon Rekognition Video, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Translate and Amazon Comprehend.
Feb 11, 2018
Episode 25 - AWS re:Invent 2017 and Beyond!
Hosts Oli and Dean, bring you the latest episode of AWS TechChat where they kick it off with updates from AWS re:Invent 2017, how to keep up to date with AWS and the new AWS regions. They then dive into AWS Database services such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Neptune, Amazon Aurora and, AWS Compute services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and AWS Lambda.
Nov 22, 2017
Episode 24 - Latest roundup of AWS news
Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as it kicks off with some interesting news around Artificial Intelligence (AI), latest updates and announcements around Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, Apache MXNet Release, Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, AWS Deep Learning AMI, Amazon Kinesis Analytics, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Preview of Performance Insights, Amazon Athena, AWS Shield, AWS Direct Connect and, information around AI related sessions at AWS re: Invent 2017.
Nov 3, 2017
Episode 23 - Hear the latest tech developments from AWS
Joining Pete and Oli as a co-host from this episode is Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. In this latest episode, Pete and Dean round up the latest around Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF, Amazon EC2 Spot, Windows Server for Amazon LightSail, Microsoft SQL Server for Amazon EC2, Lifecycle Policies for Amazon EC2 Container Registry, Amazon Database Migration Service, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator and Gluon, Application Load Balancer and AWS Marketplace.
Oct 1, 2017
Episode 22- Tech dive with special guest Dean Samuels
Join host Oli in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as he speaks with special guest, Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. Oli and Dean dive into the latest updates and announcements around Network Load Balancer, Amazon Lex, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, AWS Greengrass, Per-Second billing, Middle East Region, Apache MXNet, and Prime Day 2017.
Sep 10, 2017
Episode 21 - Informative round up of the latest AWS news
Join host Dr Pete in the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as he shares the information and updates around VMware on AWS, improvements to signing into your AWS Account, Amazon Route 53, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon VPC, Amazon EC2, Amazon SES, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Lex, New Quick Starts on deploying IBM MQ on AWS and deploying NGNIX Plus on the AWS Cloud.
Aug 28, 2017
Episode 20 - Latest Summit Announcements & More
In the exciting 20th episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr Pete and Oli take listeners through new service announcements of AWS Migration Hub, Amazon Macie, AWS CloudTrail Event History, AWS Glue, launch of edge locations for Amazon CloudFront, general availability of Lambda@Edge and VPC endpoints for updates and information around Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EFS, NOAA GOES-R on AWS, UK Met Office Forecast Data, New Quick Start, AWS CodeCommit, AWS SAM Local and AWS CodeDeploy.
Jul 12, 2017
Episode 19 - AWS news that matter to you most
In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete welcomes Olivier Klein as the new co-host. The hosts kick off the episode with, information and updates around Amazon Connect, Amazon WorkSpaces, AWS Direct Connect, AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), AWS Config, Amazon Kinesis, New Quick Start, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon Athena, Amazon Route 53 and wrap it up with an Amazon Connect demo.
Jun 23, 2017
Episode 18 - Security best practices and latest AWS news
Join Dr Pete and Russ in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as they share security best practices and news around Amazon Rekognition, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ECS, AWS Greengrass, Amazon SQS, AWS CodeStar, AWS Lambda, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon EMR and AWS Deep Learning AMIs.
Jun 5, 2017
Episode 17 - Action packed round up of AWS news
In this action packed episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ share the latest announcements around Amazon EC2 P2 instances, Amazon LightSail, updates around Remote Desktop Gateway, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elastic Search, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront, HIPAA eligible services, Amazon Cognito, Amazon QuickSight, AWS Serverless Application, IAM policy summaries and new AWS Certification Specialty exams.
May 21, 2017
Episode 16 - Stay up to date with the latest AWS news and announcements!
From announcements to service updates, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ bring you another packed episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode, they take you through the announcement of new edge locations, updates to Amazon QuickSIght, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Marketplace, Amazon WorkMail, Amazon EMR, Amazon RDS, AWS Schema Conversion Tool, AWS Organizations, Elastic Load Balancing, AWS Deep Learning, Amazon Simple Queue System (SQS), Amazon Chime, AWS Lambda and introduce, AWS and Ionic’s Mobile Web and Hybrid Application on GitHub.
May 1, 2017
Episode 15 - Round-up of latest AWS news and announcements
Join Dr. Pete and Russ in another episode of AWS TechChat as they discuss the latest AWS announcements and updates around AWS CodeStar, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Database Migration, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, Amazon Mobile Hub Integration, AWS Lambda, AWS Marketplace and Simplified Pricing API.
Apr 11, 2017
Episode 14 - Special Episode with Adrian Cockcroft
Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat as special guest Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President, Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS joins our hosts Dr Pete and Russ to talk about Innovation, Architecture and the AWS Cloud.
Mar 28, 2017
Episode 13 - Latest AWS announcements and updates
In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates and announcements including the launch of the new Zurich edge location, the general availability of Amazon Cloud Directory, updates to Move over JSON, AWS Lambda, Amazon ECS, Amazon WorkDocs, AWS Cryptography, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EMR, Amazon ElastiCache, Databases, Deep Learning, Amazon Elastic File System and Amazon EC2 reserved Instances.
Mar 7, 2017
Episode 12 - Round-up of AWS news that matter to you most
Dr Pete and Russ Nash delivers a rich round-up of the latest AWS news and announcements. Including the addition of a new edge location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Amazon CloudFront (71st edge location worldwide); fuss-free online meetings with the availability of Amazon Chime; and much, much more.
Feb 7, 2017
Episode 11 - AWS latest releases & announcements
January was a time of rest and relaxation... but episode 11 doesn't disappoint! Dr Pete and Russ Nash kicks off 2017 with a rich line-up of the year's most relevant AWS updates for the tech community.
Dec 19, 2016
Episode 10 - Special re:Invent Round-up (Part 2 of 2)
Dr Pete and Russ Nash caps off 2016 with a big-bang episode of the best of the best highlights of the new services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. Wishing our listeners a safe, happy holiday season.
Dec 13, 2016
Episode 9 - Special re:Invent Round-up (Part 1 of 2)
For the AWS and tech aficionados, Christmas has come early as Dr Pete and Russ Nash drills down on some of the highlights of the new services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. Tune into part 1 of this special re:Invent round-up!
Nov 15, 2016
Episode 8 - Special coverage on AWS partners plus key announcements with IBM, VMware and more
Our hosts geek out with Adrian De Luca, Head of Solution Architecture for partners and ecosystem for Asia-Pacific. They chat about all things related to AWS partners, including the different levels and types (in the vicinity of tens of thousands world-wide) and their key role in shifting workloads onto the AWS cloud and providing exceptional experience for customers that are scaling on AWS. They also cover some great partner activities happening across the globe as well as some recent key announcements made with IBM, CommVault, VMware and Atlassian. Visit awstechchat.com for more!
Nov 2, 2016
Episode 7 - A mammoth round-up of the latest AWS tech updates and announcements
You told us, and we listened. By popular demand, Dr Pete and Russ Nash serves up a mammoth update covering the latest technical updates and announcements from AWS, covering: • The 38th AWS availability zone opening in East Ohio, US • P2 and Grace Hopper + GPU specs • Deep Learning AMI • Aurora + Lambda • EMR, HDFS and Snowball • AWS Server Migration Service • DevOps with new CloudFormation extensions • PowerShell everywhere + AWS Powershell Core on Linux/Mac • And a huge focus on IPv6 DNS, S3, WAF, including a trick and tips segment for using ipv6
Oct 10, 2016
Episode 6 - Dr Werner Vogels Down Under
Dr Werner Vogels, VP & CTO of Amazon.com, spent some time down under and chats with Russ and Dr Pete about Australian Rules Football, the last 10 years of Amazon Web Services and more.
Sep 21, 2016
Episode 5 - Stay up to date on the cloud topics that matter to you most in this latest round-up
Dr Pete and Russ Nash offers up a monstrous round-up of AWS news and services updates, spanning from performance enhancements, price reductions and software dev updates. Tune in to get across the most significant updates from AWS. Visit awstechchat.com for more info.
Aug 29, 2016
Episode 4 – A special AWS update for Developers with guest Adam Larter
A special guest joins Dr Pete and Russ in this episode, which is sure to excite the developers among you! Developer-at-heart, Adam Larter, Specialist Solutions Architect from AWS, chats to our hosts about the latest news impacting the developer community from AWS. Covering hot topics like AWS IoT, the serverless framework and the growing momentum of AWS Lambda & API Gateway since launching in 2014. Adam also offers up tips to how you can get started by leveraging AWS SDKs to develop, create and manage applications built on AWS.
Jul 25, 2016
Episode 3 – A round-up of AWS updates, including launch of 35th AZ & AWS certification expert tips
Dr Pete and Russ deliver another rich round-up of recent AWS news. They cover India's recent AWS Region launch, the latest services and feature updates around EC2 with Elastic Network Adaptor, Run Command, Elastic File System (EFS), Python Serverless Microframework for AWS, as well as Mobile Hub, Lumberyard, Database Migration, Aurora and a whole lot more. They are also joined by a special guest from APAC Certification and Training, Ash Willis. Ash joins our hosts to chat about honing your cloud skills, and best practice tips to get you started on your AWS certification journey. All this and more - be sure to tune in!
Jun 26, 2016
Episode 2 - Your Round-up of the Latest AWS News and Updates
In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates, including: EC2 longer instance IDs, EC2 console screenshots, RDS Multi-AZ for SQL Server, RDS cross region replication for Aurora, the new EMR release including Apache Tez and Apache Phoenix, new high throughput EBS volume types and S3 Transfer Acceleration. They also take a closer look at the applications and benefits of resource tagging.
May 25, 2016
Episode 1 - Key announcements from AWS Summit Sydney 2016
A round-up of the latest AWS news, services and feature updates and expert tips for cloud enthusiasts, IT professionals and developers, delivered by AWS subject matter experts.