Category: Webinars

Running Esri Applications in the AWS Cloud

Esri is a leading provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and geo-database management applications. Their powerful mapping solutions have been used by Governments, industry, academics, and NGOs for nearly 30 years (read their history to learn more).

Over the years, they have ported their code from mainframes to minicomputers (anyone else remember DEC and Prime?), and then to personal computers. Now they are moving their applications to the AWS cloud to provide their customers with applications that can be launched quickly and then scaled as needed, all at a cost savings when compared to traditional on-premise hosting.

Watch this video to learn more about this potent combination:

We will be participating in the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC this month; please visit the AWS Federal page for more information about this and other events.

On that page you will also find case studies from several AWS users in the Federal Government including the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the US Department of Treasury, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the US Department of State, the US Department of Agriculture, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the European Space Agency.

On March 21, we will run a free Esri on the Cloud webinar at noon EST. Attend the webinar to learn how to use AWS to process GIS jobs faster and at a lower cost than an on-premise solution. Our special guest will be Shawn Kingsberry, CIO of the US Government’s Recovery, Accountability, and Transparency board.

— Jeff;

Upcoming Webinar: Orchestrating the Cloud

Amazon’s cloud computing platform makes it easy to provision infrastructure resources quickly. Spinning up a single server is straightforward, but larger deployments of multiple tier applications often require a little co-ordination.

Join me for the next of our monthly technical seminars in which we’ll cover the various techniques and tools for orchestrating cloud deployments: 10am, UK time, on 1st April, 2011.

In this technical webinar, we’ll use real life case studies to discuss the deployment of fully functioning application stacks with CloudFormation, configuration management, deployment best practices and how to distribute tasks and notifications across your infrastructure.

This session is free, but you’ll need to register.

If there is a topic you’d like to see reviewed, drop me a line or post a comment.

~ Matt


New Webinar: High Availability Websites

As part of a new, monthly hands on series of webinars, I’ll be giving a technical review of building, managing and maintaining high availability websites and web applications using Amazons cloud computing platform.

Hosting websites and web applications is a very common use of our services, and in this webinar we’ll take a hands-on approach to websites of all sizes, from personal blogs and static sites to complex multi-tier web apps.

Join us on January 28 at 10:00 AM (GMT) for this 60 minute, technical web-based seminar, where we’ll aim to cover:

  • Hosting a static website on S3
  • Building highly available, fault tolerant websites on EC2
  • Adding multiple tiers for caching, reverse proxies and load balancing
  • Autoscaling and monitoring your website

Using real world case studies and tried and tested examples, well explore key concepts and best practices for working with websites and on-demand infrastructure.

The session is free, but you’ll need to register!

See you there.

~ Matt


Webinar: The Need for IT Speed…and Security…and Control

On Thursday, May 27th I’ll be participating in Cloud Computing for the Enterprise Webinar hosted by NewScale.

I’ll provide a business and technical introduction to AWS and then NewScale’s Jamie MacQuarrie will talk about their policy-based approval and governance system for management of local and cloud-based resources.

The webinar is free but you need to register!

— Jeff;

Upcoming Webinar – Amazon Mechanical Turk and Statera

Would you like to learn more about the Amazon Mechanical Turk and how you can make use of an on-demand workforce to add a human element to your application? Do you need to identify objects in a photo, remove duplicate data items, transcribe audio, or perform online research?

If so, you should plan to attend the Mechanical Turk Webinar later this week (May 20, 2010 to be precise). The webinar will feature speakers from the Mechanical Turk team and from technology consulting firm Statera. During the course of the one-hour webinar you’ll learn the basics of Mechanical Turk, how to get started and how to scale up. You’ll learn about strategies for dealing with high volumes, workflows, and quality assurance.

The webinar is free you you need to register!

— Jeff;

Upcoming webinar – Application security in the cloud

Amazon Web Services is teaming with RightScale and HyperStratus to deliver a webinar on cloud security. In survey after survey, and just about everywhere I travel, potential cloud computing users mention security as their number one concern. This webinar presents a set of best practices to ensure security for applications running in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment using the RightScale management platform with HyperStratus application integration.

Come and learn application security best practices from Bernard Golden, CEO of HyperStratus; Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale; and yours truly (Steve Riley), Sr. Technical Program Manager at Amazon Web Services. Topics include:

  • The three crucial layers of security in a cloud computing environment
  • How Amazon Web Services ensures a secure infrastructure throughout its cloud computing environment
  • How RightScale implements a management and monitoring framework to ensure consistent application of security policies throughout an application deployment
  • Best practices from HyperStratus that integrate applications with the infrastructure and monitoring framework to ensure the highest possible level of application security
  • How to address the five key areas of application security configuration to prevent unauthorized access and poor data security in cloud environments

Register now!

> Steve <

Agile Data Warehouse Webinar – BI in the Cloud

I met with the principals on Full360 on my last trip to New York. They shared some of their success stories with me (some of them enabled by AWS) and we talked about how the cloud is changing the way that the BI (Business Intelligence) space is changing.

Full360, Jaspersoft, Vertica, RightScale, and Talend will be putting on a webinar at 8 AM ET on May 4th. The webinar will discuss the concept of the agile data warehouse — a new type of product made possible by the convergence of cloud computing and a new class of software.

During the webinar, they’ll talk about how they built a data warehouse for in just two weeks using Jaspersoft’s business intelligence software, Vertica’s ultra-fast analytic database, RightScale’s management tools, and Talend’s open source data integration, all running on AWS.

Sign up now!

— Jeff;

Webinar: Leverage the Cloud for High-Traffic, High-Profile Web Marketing Events

On February 23, 2010, AWS, RightScale, and LTech will present a new webinar!

Titled Leverage the Cloud for High-Traffic, High-Profile Web Marketing Events, the webinar will show you how to protect your brand and your marketing spend by ensuring that your website or promotional site is performing optimally.

You’ll see how a cloud-based deployment will give you the infrastructure needed to handle the massive and often unpredictable traffic brought on by a marketing campaign. You’ll learn about AWS, RightScale’s management offering, and LTech’s new Brandscale service.

Registration is free and you can sign up now.

Webinar: Agile Data Warehouse – Next Generation BI in the Cloud On February 4, RightScale, Full360, Jaspersoft, Talend, and Vertica will team up to discuss a new approach to BI (Business Intelligence) that takes advantage of the flexibility and lower cost of cloud computing, an approach that provides users with the information they need, in the form they need it, at the time they need it to make sound business decisions.

Attendees at this free webinar will see how to create a datamart in three weeks from five different data sources. The datamart will scale from three administrative users to 500 data consumers at four peak periods during the month. Read more about cloud-based business intelligence here and here.

The webinar will take place at 8 AM PT and you should register now.

— Jeff;

Upcoming webinar: \Cloud Security for Dummies\ hosted by SIIA

Good day, everyone. The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is hosting a webinar about cloud security on Tuesday 19 January 2010 at 12:30 PM EST/9:30 AM PST. I’m one of the panelists. Here’s a brief blurb and a list of the participants:

Cloud webinar series: Cloud Security for Dummies
Security and cloud computing have come a long way in just a few years. Understanding these issues becomes vital as cloud computing expands into government and the large enterprise. New trends — like the emergence of private clouds — are changing the way companies think about their security strategy. In this webinar, you’ll hear perspectives from service providers, platforms, pure-play firms, and other players in the cloud security space.

Lars Ewe, Chief Technology Officer, Cenzic

Deb Banerjee, Director of Engineering, Symantec
Jim Cavalieri, Chief Security Officer, Salesforce
Steve Riley, Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon Web Services

Event price for SIIA members: free
Event price for non-SIIA members: US$50.00

Please join us if you can!

> Steve <