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Author Spotlight: Seth Eliot, Principal Reliability Solutions Architect at AWS

The Author Spotlight series pulls back the curtain on some of AWS’s most prolific authors. Read on to find out more about our very own Seth Eliot’s journey, in his own words!

At Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon, we talk about “super powers” a lot. Everyone has them! I’ve discovered that mine is to take technical topics and make them actionable for builders and internal/external stakeholders at all levels.Seth Eliot

As Principal Reliability Solutions Architect for AWS Well-Architected, I work with customers on topics such as disaster recovery, assessing resilience, and chaos engineering. What I really enjoyabout this role is how much I learn every day. Customers always have new challenges, and I love finding new solutions for them. At events like AWS Global Summits or AWS re:Invent, I enjoy interacting with customers, such as when I run Chalk Talks, where I answer questions from the audience about reliability in the cloud.

Prior to joining AWS, I was a Solutions Architect for one of AWS’s biggest customers—Amazon.com! I traveled around the world to work hands-on with Amazon developers in places like Japan and Luxembourg to help modernize their workloads on AWS and get the most out of AWS technologies, like serverless and containers. Meeting face-to-face with folks and helping them use these technologies was really rewarding and very educational.

I’ve also worked as a Principal Engineer with Amazon Fresh grocery delivery and Amazon International Technology. These were two very different areas to work in, but they both have development teams all over the world that I was honored to help with their software design, agile development, and career guidance. By now, you’re likely noticing a pattern in my career…?

If you go back a bit further, I spent about 5 years working “across the lake” from Amazon HQ in Seattle, Washington, at Microsoft in Redmond during a really interesting moment in their history: moving, culturally and technically, from a “box product” company to one that creates software services. I am proud to have played a role in that move!

I am a “boomerang,” meaning that I actually was with Amazon prior to my time with Microsoft, and I came back. During my first stint here, I worked on the original team that launched what would become Prime Video. Back then, it was download-only experience (not streaming) and called “Amazon Unbox.” From where I sit now, it is amazing to see how the product has evolved.

Throughout these experiences, the thing that keeps me going is the opportunity to help builders and stakeholders to solve their hard problems. There is nothing more satisfying than after meeting with a person or team, getting feedback from them that I was able to help them.

Seth’s favorite posts!

What’s New in the Well-Architected Reliability Pillar?

My first AWS blog post! The real work was updating the AWS Well-Architected Reliability Pillar itself. I enjoyed collaborating with many smart experts across AWS to harness their diverse perspectives in the pillar update. Enjoy the read!

Disaster Recovery (DR) Architecture on AWS series

Figure 1. Disaster recovery (DR) options

Building Resilient Well-Architected Workloads Using AWS Resilience Hub

I was really excited by the release of AWS Resilience Hub (and was honored to be part of developing it). Finally, many of the best practices I talk about with customers are now automatically assessed against your workload with recommendations.

AWS Resilience Hub

Creating a Multi-Region Application with AWS Services series

Elise Chahine

Elise Chahine

Elise is Senior Program Manager for AWS Architecture Content, where she manages the Architecture Blog channel. Elise works with authors to develop succinct, technically accurate posts that help customers architect. When she's not rubbing shoulders with the brilliant minds of AWS, Elise enjoys a quiet life with her family in New England.