Category: Webinars

AWS Webinars for December 2015

Every month, we set up a series of webinars that are designed to bring you up to speed on the latest AWS services & features, and to make sure that you are aware of the best ways to put them to use. The webinars are conducted by senior AWS Product Managers and Solution Architects and often include a guest speaker from our customer base.

The webinars are free but “seating” is limited and you should definitely sign up ahead of time if you want to attend (all times are Pacific):

Tuesday, December 8
AWS allows you to save money, optimize costs, and reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in several different ways. This webinar will help you to learn more about the economics of the cloud and how they can positively impact your organization.

Amazon Aurora is a fast and cost-effective relational database designed to be compatible with MySQL.

Amazon Inspector is an automated security assessment service that helps to improve the security and compliance of apps deployed on AWS.

Wednesday, December 9
Amazon EC2 Container Service simplifies the task of software delivery by making it easy to set up a Continuous Delivery (CD) process.

Do you need a sweeping overview of the entire set of AWS services? Join me for the AWS Services Overview!

Thursday, December 10
Many popular games run on AWS.

Several new AWS services can help you to build fast, responsive backends for your mobile apps.

EC2 Dedicated Hosts are physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use.

Friday, December 11
Amazon DynamoDB is a fast and highly scalable NoSQL database.




AWS Webinars for November 2015 – Learn About New Services and Best Practices

As we did last month, we are running a series of webinars designed to bring you up to speed on the latest AWS services & features, and to make sure that you are aware of the best ways to put them to use.

The webinars are free but “seating” is limited and you should definitely sign up ahead of time if you want to attend (all times are Pacific):

Tuesday, November 17
AWS Device Farm allows you to test your mobile apps on real devices in an automated fashion.

Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business intelligence tool. You can build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and get business insights from your data.

CloudWatch Dashboards lets you to build customized metrics dashboards that display Amazon CloudWatch metrics from one or more AWS regions.

Wednesday, November 18
The Amazon ECS CLI gives you command-line access to Amazon EC2 Container Service. You can create clusters, list container instances, create and manage tasks, and more.

AWS Config Rules give you the ability to create compliance-checking rules that look for desirable or undesirable configurations of AWS resources.

Amazon S3’s Standard – Infrequent Access storage class is an economical way to store data that is rarely accessed.

Thursday, November 19
Over the past couple of years we have identified and refined a set of best practices for designing and building big data application that run on AWS.

Amazon Aurora is a fast and highly scalable relational database designed to be compatible with MySQL.

Amazon Redshift lets you build cost-effective data warehouses that can store well over a petabyte of data. Amazon Machine Learning helps you to perform predictive analytics on your data.




Learn About the newest AWS Services – Attend our October Webinars

If you attended AWS re:Invent, you were among the first to know about Amazon QuickSight, AWS IoT, Kinesis Firehose, and our other new offerings. Perhaps you had time to attend a session to learn more about the new service or services that were of interest to you. If you didn’t attend re:Invent or missed a session or two and are ready to learn more, I’ve got you covered. We will be running nine new-product webinars later this month. Each webinar is designed to provide you with the information that you need to have in order to be up and running as quickly as possible.

Here’s what we have for you! The webinars are free but “seating” is limited and you should definitely sign up ahead of time if you want to attend (all times are Pacific):

Tuesday, October 27
QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business intelligence tool. You can build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and get business insights from your data.

AWS IoT is a managed cloud platform that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices.

Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS.

Wednesday, October 28
Spot Blocks allow you to launch Spot instances that will run for a finite duration (1 to 6 hours).

AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common exploits.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is a managed service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale Elasticsearch in the AWS Cloud.

Thursday, October 29
AWS Lambda lets you run code in the cloud without provisioning or managing servers.

AWS Mobile Hub provides an integrated console that helps you build, test, and monitor your mobile apps.

AWS Import/Export Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure appliances to transfer large amounts of data into and out of AWS.




AWS Webinars – September, 2015

I have always advised my family, friends, colleagues, and audiences to plan to spend some time learning something new every day. If you don’t take responsibility for your own continued education, you can soon find that you have fallen far behind your peers!

If you are interested in staying current with AWS, I have a couple of recommendations. You can read this blog, follow me (and @awscloud) on Twitter, check in with the AWS What’s New page from time to time, and make use of our self-paced labs.

When you are ready for a more in-depth look at a certain topic or service, I would strongly advise you to attend one or more of our webinars!

Every month my colleagues assemble a lineup of sessions that are hand-selected to provide you with a detailed look at a subject that they believe will be of value to you. The webinars are presented by senior members of the team including evangelists, product managers, and solution architects.

With that said, I would like to introduce you to our September 2015 webinars (all times are Pacific).

There’s no charge and no obligation, of course! Please feel free to sign up, and to share this post wiht your friends and colleagues.


PS – Please feel free to suggest new topics by leaving a comment on this post.

New AWS Webinar Series – Introductions, Best Practices, and More

We have set up a new AWS Webinar Series.

In March you can attend a webinar and Get started with AWS or a specific AWS Service (OpsWorks or WorkSpaces), master an AWS service (EC2), learn AWS best practices (content delivery, availability, or security), deploy enterprise workloads (SAP), or optimize for cost and performance (RDS).

The webinars are free but space is limited and preregistration is a must.



AWS June Webinars – Focus on TCO

After a pair of very successful partner webinars in May on the important topic of security, we will turn our attention to the equally important topic of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in June. We’ll be holding two webinars on this topic (once again with the help and cooperation of our partners), at no charge.

The dynamic, flexible, pay-as-you-go nature of the AWS Cloud gives you the raw materials (servers, storage, bandwidth, and so forth) to build powerful, highly scalable applications that respond to changes in usage and server load by scaling up and down as needed. When combined with innovative business models such as Reserved Instances and Spot Instances, you have plenty of options in front of you and some decisions to make.

If, as many of our customers do, you adopt AWS for multiple projects spread across departments and divisions, tracking, optimizing, and minimizing your AWS bill can become challenging. Fortunately, several members of the AWS Partner Network provide tools, service, and expertise to help you to manage your costs and to optimize your spend. These partners will be participating in our webinars! Here’s what we have in store for you:

June 5 – AWS Cost Management – Tracking, Allocating, and Collaborating Spend With CloudCheckr
At 10:00 AM PT on June 5th, AWS and CloudCheckr will present the AWS Cost Management webinar. In this webinar you will learn how DevOps and Finance teams manage their cloud costs using AWS features such as resource tagging, detailed billing, and Reserved Instance (RI) purchases. In the webinar, you will learn how joint AWS / CloudCheckr customer DreamBox reduced their costs by using customizable reports, cost optimization recommendations, and an automated implementation of best practices.

June 12 – Best Practices to Reduce Your Cloud TCO With Cloudability
At 10:00 AM PT on June 12th, AWS and Cloudability will use the Best Practices to Reduce Your Cloud TCO webinar to share useful tips such as finding and shutting down AWS Resources that aren’t being used. The webinar will include a demonstration to show you how REA Group uses Cloudability’s tools to manage their infrastructure and reduce their own TCO across a large and complex set of global AWS deployments.

As always, these webinars are available at no charge. Space is limited and preregistration is recommended!


AWS May Webinars – Focus on Security

We have received a lot of great feedback on the partner webinars that we held in April. In conjunction with our partners, we will be holding two more webinars this month. The webinars are free, but space is limited and preregistration is advisable.

In May we are turning our focus to the all-important topic of security, and what it means in the cloud. When I first started talking about cloud computing, audiences would listen intently, and then ask “But what about security?” This question told me two things. First, it told me that the questioner saw some real potential in the cloud and might be able to use it on some mission-critical applications. Second, that it was very important that we share as much as possible about the security principles and practices within and around AWS. We built and maintain AWS Security Center and have published multiple editions of the Overview of Security Processes.

In our never-ending quest to keep you as fully informed as possible about this important topic, we have worked with two APN Technology Partners to bring you some new and exciting information.

May 20 – Log Collection and Analysis (Splunk and CloudTrail)
At 10:00 AM PT on May 20, AWS and Splunk will present the Stronger Security and Compliance on AWS with Log Collection and Analysis webinar. In the webinar you will learn how CloudTrail collects and stores your AWS log files so that software from Splunk can be used as a Big Data Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system. You will hear how AWS log files are made available for many security use cases, including incident investigations, security and compliance reporting, and threat detection/alerting. FINRA (a joint Splunk/AWS customer) will explain how they leverage Splunk on AWS to support their cloud efforts.

May 28 – Federated Single Sign-On (Ping Identity and IAM)
At 10:00 AM PT on May 28, AWS and Ping Identity will present the Get Closer to the Cloud with Federated Single Sign-On webinar.

In the webinar you will learn how the Ping Identity platform offers federated single sign-on (SSO) to quickly and securely manage authentication of partners and customers through seamless integration with the AWS Identity and Access Management service. You will also hear from Ping Identity partner and Amazon Web Services Customer, Geezeo. They will share best practices based on their experience.

Again, these webinars are free but I strongly suggest that you register ahead of time for best results!


AWS April Webinars – Focus on Disaster Recovery

Many AWS customers look to the cloud for Disaster Recovery. They love the fact that they can arrange for rapid recovery of their production systems and data without incurring the capital and operational expenses associated with the use of a second physical site. The elastic, pay-as-you-go nature of the AWS cloud allows them to upload and then economically store corporate data without having to maintain, store, and retrieve tape-based backups.

If you would like to learn more about how to implement a Disaster Recovery strategy using AWS, April is your month! We have worked with a pair of our partners to create webinars that are helpful, informative, and with information that you can act on right away. The webinars are designed for Solution Architects, Administrators, and technically-minded IT Leaders. Both of the webinars are free, but space is limited, so you’d best register in advance!

Here’s what we have in store:

On Wednesday, April 16th, you can learn how Attunity is helping AWS customers to implement durable yet low-cost DR solutions by replicating critical data (both structured and unstructured), content, and applications between on-premises environments and AWS. During this webinar, you will hear from Attunity customer LeaseHawk.

On Wednesday, April 30th, you can learn how CloudVelocity leverages the AWS APIs to automate recovery of entire application environments, including the operating system configuration, updates, patches, and IP addresses. During this webinar, you will see a live migration of a complete multi-tier application, and you will also learn about how the automation provided by CloudVelocity has been put to use by the City of Asheville, NC.

— Jeff;

PS – If you are interested in the topic of Cloud-based Disaster Recovery, you should also investigate the Disaster Recovery page and read the Using Amazon Web Services for Disaster Recovery white paper.

AWS Partner Webinars for March 2014 – Big Data Analytics and Reporting

We are working with select AWS Partners to create and deliver a series of webinars in 2014. The webinars will focus on a different application area each month.

The focus for March 2014 is Big Data Analytics and Reporting. Each webinar will be presented by an AWS Product Manager and a representative from the chosen partner.

Here’s what we have lined up:

Reporting and Analytics in the Cloud: A Customer’s Perspective
This webinar will take place on Thursday, March 20 at 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST:

If you need to make sense of increasing volumes of data coming from a variety of sources like web logs, sensor data, social media monitoring and mobile apps you’ll find this webinar to be of interest. Jaspersoft BI reporting, analytics and dashboard tools integrate with the Amazon Redshift data warehouse service, so you can visually analyze data right from your web browser, while paying for the product by the hour, with no up-front hardware or software costs.  Starting at less than $1 per hour, Jaspersoft also integrates with other AWS data sources such as Amazon RDS and Amazon Elastic MapReduce.

Hadoop in the Cloud: Unlocking the Potential of Big Data on AWS
This webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST:

This webinar will show you examples of how to use Amazon Elastic MapReduce with the MapR Distribution for Hadoop. You will learn how you can free yourself from the heavy lifting required to run Hadoop on-premises, and gain the advantages of using the cloud to increase flexibility and accelerate projects while lowering costs.

The webinars are free, but space is limited; register now for best results!

— Jeff;

Webinar – Scalable Database Architectures

Ok, there you are, about to build an application that has to store lots and lots of data in cost-effective yet scalable fashion. Should you use a relational model or should you go NoSQL? Should you use DynamoDB, Redshift, RDS, ElastiCache, or more than one?

We’ve set up webinar for later this week to help you learn more about building highly scalable database applications on AWS. This is an updated version of one of the most popular sessions from re:Invent.

Attend our Scalable Database Architecture webinar at 10 AM PT on Thursday, January 17th to learn from the people and companies behind a presidential election, an online learning platform, and a tool to detect brand abuse:

You will also hear from Sundar Raghavan, General Manager for the Amazon Relational Database Service.

The webinar is free but you have to register!

— Jeff;