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AWS re:Invent 2014

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

We spent the past week at AWS re:Invent! The PHP SDK team was there with many of our co-workers and customers. It was a great conference, and we had a lot of fun.

If you did not attend re:Invent or follow our @awsforphp Twitter feed during the event, then you have a lot to catch up on.

New AWS Services and Features

Several new services were announced during the keynotes, on both the first day and second day, and during other parts of the event.

During the first keynote, three new AWS services for code management and deployment were announced: AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodeCommit, and AWS CodePipeline. CodeDeploy is available today, and can help you automate code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances.

Additionally, three other new services were revealed that are related to enterprise security and compliance: AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Config, and AWS Service Catalog.

Amazon RDS for Aurora was also announced during the first keynote. Amazon Aurora is a new, MySQL-compatible, relational database engine built for high performance and availability.

The keynote on the second day boasted even more announcements, including the new Amazon EC2 Container Service, which is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers.

Also, new compute-optimized (C4) Amazon EC2 Instances were announced, as well as new larger and faster Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes backed with SSDs.

AWS Lambda was introduced during the second keynote, as well. It is a new compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you. To learn about AWS Lambda in more detail, you should check out their session at re:Invent, which shows how you can implement image thumbnail generation in your applications using AWS Lambda and the new Amazon S3 Event Notifications feature. They also briefly mention the upcoming DynamoDB streams feature in that presentation, which was announced just prior to the conference.

The APIs for AWS CodeDeploy, AWS KMS, AWS Config, and AWS Lambda are currently available, and all are supported in the AWS SDK for PHP as of version 2.7.5.

PHP Presentations

I had the honor of presenting a session about the PHP SDK called Building Apps with the AWS SDK for PHP, where I explained how to use many of the new features from Version 3 of the SDK in the context of building an application I called "SelPHPies with ElePHPants". You should definitely check it out whether you are new to or experienced with the SDK.

Here are the links to my presentation as well as two other PHP-specific sessions that you might be interested in.

  • Building Apps with the AWS SDK for PHP (slides, video)
  • Best Practices for Running WordPress on AWS (slides, video)
  • Running and Scaling Magento on AWS (video)

There were so many other great presentations at re:Invent. The slides, videos, and podcasts for all of the presentations are (or will be) posted online.

PHPeople

Announcements and presentations are exciting and informative, but my favorite part about any conference is the people. Re:Invent was no exception.

It was great to run into familiar faces from my Twitter stream like Juozas Kaziukėnas, Ben Ramsey, Brian DeShong, and Boaz Ziniman. I also had the pleasure of meeting some new friends from companies that had sent their PHP developers to the conference.

See You Next Year

We hope you take the time to check out some of the presentations from this year’s event, and consider attending next year. Get notified about registration for next year’s event by signing up for the re:Invent mailing list on the AWS re:Invent website.