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AWS file storage at re:Invent 2023 in 3 easy steps

AWS re:Invent 2023 is happening November 27th through December 1st in Las Vegas Nevada. AWS re:Invent offers cloud enthusiasts, experts, and practitioners an experience like no other. You get five days of opportunities to find productive solutions that will transform your company and your pick of 2,000+ learning sessions to quickly master new skills. And, the event gives you hundreds of ways to build connections that can mean the next big step for your career—or your business.

re:Invent is packed with opportunities for you to learn about AWS files storage services to optimize your infrastructure. In this blog, I’d like to make it easy for you to select and reserve your seat with a curated list of all of the AWS file storage sessions. These sessions are well on their way to filling up, so be sure to click the “Reserve your seat now” link to assure a spot. You can also “Favorite” sessions that you are interested in. To do this, when viewing the session catalog, sessions shown in the results have star icons. Select the star to mark it as a favorite. To un-favorite it, simply select the star again. So let’s get started with 3 easy steps to maximize your AWS file storage knowledge while attending re:Invent.

STEP 1 – Get the big picture, attend the keynotes and innovation talks

The most important cloud announcements of the year happen during re:Invent keynotes. Attend keynotes in-person to hear news and product launches that will change the cloud landscape and help you build applications and power your business with AWS. Check the re:Invent website for the full list of keynotes and innovation talks to add to your schedule.

To start join Andy Warfield, AWS Distinguished Engineer, as he shares the latest storage innovations from AWS and inside perspectives on how to build a resilient, agile data foundation that accelerates insights and innovations. Discover how organizations are driving a competitive advantage by enabling faster data access, simplifying data lakes, and supercharging AI/ML initiatives using high-performance storage from AWS. Andy provides key takeaways about how AWS storage acts as the backbone for your data-driven business—supporting security, governance, analytics, and application development.

Andy Warfield

Andy Warfield, Vice President and Distinguished Engineer at AWS
STG227-INT AWS storage: The backbone for your data-driven business – Innovation Talk
Tuesday, Nov. 28th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Venetian

As a highlight, the AWS storage team encourages you to attend the “Putting your data to work with generative AI – Innovation Talk Thursday, November 30th 12:30 – 1:30 PM PST at the Venetian. Join Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Vice President, Technology at AWS to learn how you can turn your data lake into a business advantage with generative AI. Explore strategies for putting your proprietary datasets to work when building unique, differentiated generative AI solutions. Learn how to utilize your datasets using Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Bedrock and popular frameworks like PyTorch with AWS compute, storage, and analytics. Hear best practices for using unstructured (video, image, PDF), semi-structured (Parquet), and table-formatted (Iceberg) data for training, fine-tuning, checkpointing, and prompt engineering. Also hear different architectural patterns that customers use today to harness their business data for customized generative AI solutions.

Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Vice President, Technology at AWS

Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Vice President, Technology at AWS
AIM250-INT Putting your data to work with generative AI – Innovation Talk

Thursday, November 30th 12:30 – 1:30 PM PST at the Venetian

STEP 2 – Reserve your seat at AWS file storage sessions

There are a variety of sessions and session types to choose from, including keynote-style breakout sessions, interactive chalk talks, and hands on builders sessions.

Breakout sessions

AWS re:Invent breakout sessions are lecture-style and one hour long. These sessions take place across the re:Invent campus and cover all topics at all levels (200–400). For our virtual attendees, breakout sessions will be available as on-demand video.

STG311 | AWS storage for serverless application development

Serverless, event-driven compute services let you run infrastructure as code for virtually any type of application or backend service without provisioning or managing servers. In this session, explore solutions across AWS storage services, including Amazon EFS and Amazon S3, to help you dig into the common workflows and discover which storage is the best fit for your workload. Consider how AWS storage can help you build modern applications that adapt at scale, run analytics workloads with increased agility, and lower your total cost of ownership. Reserve your seat now.

STG212 | Accelerate generative AI and ML workloads with AWS storage

Recent advances in AI and machine learning along with a market-driven shift to use AI across industries are presenting a new set of storage opportunities for many IT organizations. In this session, learn how AWS storage delivers the building blocks for your machine learning workloads with high-performance, scalable storage that integrates with a wide range of AI/ML services to help you innovate faster. Reserve your seat now.

STG338 | Scale analytics and SaaS applications with serverless elastic storage

Builders, analysts, and data scientists that want to deploy and scale cloud-native applications need to share their data across cloud resources. Amazon EFS offers serverless elastic storage and is designed to deliver high IOPS performance, low latency, and automated throughput scalability. In this session, learn how to unlock your data to collaborate, build SaaS applications that easily scale, run analytics workloads with increased storage agility, and reduce the overall cost of storing data for a mix of active and inactive data. Reserve your seat now.

STG209 | Network-attached storage in the cloud with Amazon FSx

Migrating file-based workloads to the cloud without adversely affecting performance or availability can be challenging at scale. The Amazon FSx family can address this network-attached storage (NAS) challenge, and as a fully managed service it delivers shared storage, data resiliency, and management compatibilities without application or code changes. In this session, discover how to improve agility, reduce costs, and scale automatically from industry experts with use case examples from media and entertainment, education, healthcare and life sciences, and telco customers. Step away from this session with the confidence to create your own migration plan. Reserve your seat now.

STG340 | Accelerate ML and HPC with high performance file storage

Accelerating your most demanding workloads delivers benefits including faster machine learning (ML) training and the ability to complete more HPC jobs in a shorter timeframe. Amazon FSx for Lustre powers the most demanding HPC workloads, including ML, EDA, financial modeling, weather forecasting, and video rendering and transcoding. In this session, hear how FSx for Lustre has been adopted by enterprises of all sizes because it accelerates compute workloads with shared storage that provides submillisecond latencies, up to hundreds of GB/s of throughput, and millions of IOPS. Learn about the benefits of a fully managed Lustre service that runs at scale and is easily configured with a few clicks. Reserve your seat now.

STG219 | What’s new with AWS file storage

AWS offers a broad portfolio of fully managed storage. Shared file storage from Amazon EFS and Amazon FSx support virtually every application, allowing you to choose the most suitable service based on your specific use case, performance needs, and compatibility with your applications and workflows. Join this session to hear about the newest advancements in file storage and learn practical tips on how they can help you to migrate, run, and scale feature-rich, performant file storage. Reserve your seat now.

STG341 | Meet performance demands for your business-critical applications

Organizations across all industries have production-level applications that are on premises and are candidates for transition to the cloud. Finding a performant, full-featured file system in the cloud has been a challenge. General-purpose cloud options seem attractive but tend to be siloed and complex and lack enterprise-class capabilities. AWS file storage helps you accelerate cloud migration, reduce costs with storage efficiencies, and modernize business-critical workloads. Join this session for expert advice on migrating environments like VMware and databases like SAP HANA, Oracle Database/Oracle RAC, and Microsoft SQL Server. Also, hear industry-specific line-of-business use cases for industries such as media and entertainment, financial services, and healthcare. Reserve your seat now.

Chalk talks

Chalk talks are a highly interactive content format with a small audience. Each begins with a short lecture delivered by an AWS expert followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

STG343 | Powering compute-heavy workloads with burst-to-cloud storage

Do you have spiky or unpredictable workloads with high performance requirements? Are your on-premises compute resources inadequate when tasked to accelerate and scale applications at a moment’s notice? Join this chalk talk to discuss how using hybrid cloud strategies with AWS file storage makes it faster and easier for you to process file data, regardless of where the data is stored. Learn how capabilities like cloud busting, scalable performance, and high-speed file caching enable flexibility for workloads like distributed ML training, media rendering and transcoding, electronic design automation (EDA), and big data analytics. Reserve your seat now.

STG402 | Boost performance and run compute-intensive workloads at scale

Amazon FSx powers some of the most performance-sensitive workloads running in the cloud today. When you use AWS file storage services, you can take advantage of continuous performance improvements and optimizations. In this chalk talk, AWS experts answer your most pressing performance questions and provide best practices for optimizing your data usage. Dive into details on the performance modes, and receive guidance on how to increase IOPS, optimize throughput, and minimize latencies. Reserve your seat now.

STG221| How to match your workload with the right file storage

Data is the cornerstone of successful application deployments. However, choosing the right file system starts with how well the system aligns with what you’re already using or are familiar with. How do you choose a cloud file service to fit your workload? This chalk talk walks you through the decision-making process to help you better match your use case to a file system’s capabilities. Talk with AWS experts to determine how to choose between Amazon EFS and the Amazon FSx family of file services. Get answers to help you extend and migrate without adding complexity or cost. Reserve your seat now.

STG344 | How to protect unstructured files to achieve data resiliency

Managing data growth can be a challenge. Most data generated today consists of unstructured data files. Large files, medium files, and small files are stored on NAS systems, Unix servers, Windows servers, and the cloud. Unstructured files pose a unique challenge, as they often contain sensitive data that must meet data protection and compliance requirements. Do you know how to keep your data protected and secure? Join this chalk talk and discuss which tips and tools you need to securely run file-based applications on cloud services using file storage from the Amazon FSx family and Amazon EFS. Reserve your seat now.

STG342 | Build and run analytics and SaaS applications at scale

How do you amplify analytics workloads and build software as a service (SaaS) applications with scalable performance? With Amazon EFS, you can accelerate your SaaS application developments and data analysis workloads with fully elastic file storage that lets you run and share data without provisioning or managing capacity and performance. Attend this chalk talk to better understand how to support the unpredictable performance needs of file workloads and gain the consistency needed for your workloads. Reserve your seat now.

STG223 | Lower your TCO of storing data for large file datasets

When is the right time to optimize your performance profile, provision capacity, or manage data tiering? Are you concerned about achieving data availability, durability, and protection without adding management complexities? Join this chalk talk to explore how to unlock and maximize the value of your data on a massive scale with virtually bottomless file storage that’s readily available when you need it. Learn how Amazon EFS scales elastically and is highly scalable both in performance and storage capacity. Discover how to unlock and maximize the value of your data on a massive scale and keep your total cost of ownership low. Reserve your seat now.


Workshops are two-hour hands-on sessions where you work in teams to solve problems using AWS services. Workshops organize attendees into small groups and provide scenarios to encourage interaction, giving you the opportunity to learn from and teach each other.

STG316 | Increase your database agility with Amazon FSx

Migrating databases like SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and SAP HANA to the cloud is a critical part of your journey. In this workshop, explore self-managed databases on Amazon EC2 with Amazon FSx, and get hands-on with SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MySQL. Discover how the advanced snapshot, cloning, backup, and replication features of Amazon FSx can reduce your RPO/RTO from hours to seconds. Then, going beyond operations, see a demonstration of how to accelerate development and refresh cycles, using zero-space cloning to instantly provide your developers with their own copies of the database. You must bring your laptop to participate. Reserve your seat now.

STG403 | Get insights faster: Accelerate your Amazon S3 data lake

Get insights faster by accelerating Amazon S3 datasets with Amazon FSx for Lustre. FSx for Lustre is deeply integrated with Amazon S3, enabling you to access and process S3 data from a high-performance file system. In this workshop, learn how to process large S3 workloads with submillisecond latency. Create an FSx for Lustre file system, link it to your S3 bucket, spin up an Amazon EC2 cluster, and mount the FSx for Lustre file system. Learn how Lustre presents S3 objects as files to Amazon EC2 instances, providing fast throughput and high IOPS that scale out with large file systems. You must bring your laptop to participate. Reserve your seat now.

Builders’ sessions

A 60-minute small group session with up to six attendees and one AWS expert per table, who is there to answer questions and provide guidance. It’s just you, your laptop, and the AWS expert.

STG405 | Rightsizing VMware Cloud compute and storage

As VMware Cloud on AWS adoption accelerates, organizations are finding the need to scale capacity for storage-heavy workloads. In this hands-on session, familiarize yourself with how to scale cloud storage independently of cloud compute to reduce and control costs. Come see how to lower your TCO and integrate Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP with your workloads running on VMware Cloud on AWS as a supplemental datastore. You must bring your laptop to participate. Reserve your seat now.

STEP 3 – Visit the AWS Storage kiosk at the AWS Expo

re:Invent - Expo

The Expo at the Venetian is packed with learning and networking opportunities. Stop by the AWS Village and dive deep into products, services, and solutions. Visit the AWS storage kiosk which will be staffed with our AWS storage experts from all disciplines (File/Block/Object). Bring your questions and challenges, and let our architects work to provide the best approach for your workloads.

Register now!

This year promises to be an amazing and informative re:Invent, so it you haven’t done so already, Register now and we’ll see you in Vegas!

Neil Salamack

Neil Salamack

Neil Salamack is a Senior Product Marketing Manager with AWS focusing on AWS file storage. He has over 20 years in marketing and product management for data storage products and services. Neil is passionate about helping customers understand the value of AWS cloud storage and how it is the foundation of a strong data strategy.