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Elastic Beanstalk, OpsWorks, and CloudFormation Sessions at AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent 2013 is exactly one week away, and I’d like to spend just a few minutes highlighting several technical sessions that feature AWS Elastic Beanstalk, OpsWorks, and CloudFormation. I think these sessions are particularly interesting as many of them feature customers who use the services (including Adobe, Nike, ThoughtWorks, and Intuit), while other sessions are led by the AWS engineers who help build the services.

If you’ll be at re:Invent, you can use the “Add to My Favorites” button in the Session Catalog to make it easier to plan, while letting us know how many seats to reserve.

Elastic Beanstalk Sessions

AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. In this Zero to Sixty session, accelerate your use of Elastic Beanstalk by learning how Nike and VTEX use several of its most powerful features. 
AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a number of simple, flexible interfaces for developing and deploying your applications. In this session, learn how ThoughtWorks leverages the Elastic Beanstalk API to continuously deliver their
applications with smoke tests and blue-green deployments.

OpsWorks Sessions

Accelerate your use of OpsWorks by learning how to use several of its operational features in this Zero to Sixty session.  It starts with a demo of the OpsWorks main workflows—manage and configure instances, create and deploy apps, monitoring, and security. BeachMint will explain how they set up OpsWorks as part of their continuous deployment pipeline. The session finishes off by explaining how to use the OpsWorks API and Chef recipes to automate standard operating procedures.
Did you know that you can extend OpsWorks layers or build your own custom layers? Whether you need to perform a specific task or install a new software package, OpsWorks gives you the tools to install and configure your instances consistently, and evolve them in an automated and predictable fashion through your application’s lifecycle. We’ll dive into the development process including how to use attributes, recipes, and lifecycle events; show how to develop your environment locally; and provide troubleshooting steps that reduce your development time.
In this talk, the engineering team behind the Intuit PaaS takes you through the design of our shared PaaS and its integration with AWS OpsWorks. We give an overview of why we decided to build our own PaaS, why we chose OpsWorks as the engine, technical details of the implementation as well as all the challenges in building a shared runtime environment for different applications. Anyone interested in OpsWorks or building a PaaS should attend for key lessons from our journey.

CloudFormation Sessions

Learn about CloudFormation’s latest features along with best practices for using them, including maintaining complex environments with CloudFormation, template management and re-use, and controlling stack updates.
In this session you will go on a deep dive, touring of some of CloudFormation’s most advanced features with a member of the team that built the service. Explore custom resources, cfn-init, S3 authentication, and Mustache templates in a series of technical demos with code samples available for download afterwards.
Come see how we have put the power of AWS CloudFormation to work at Adobe using advanced techniques such as substacks, identity and access management roles, bootstrapping into Chef, and more—including a demo of our automation environment. For us, AWS CloudFormation is the service that ties a pretty bow around all of the other powerful AWS offerings.