Jeff Barr & Simon Elisha discuss various aspects of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. Each podcast include AWS news, tech tips, and interviews with startups, AWS partners, and AWS employees.

In this episode Simon speaks with Willem Sundblad, CEO & Founder at Oden Technologies. They discuss the use of IoT in the manufacturing world, and how that is actually applied. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.

Oden Technologoes:

In this episode Simon chats with Anthony Johnson, CTO at Giphy ( They discuss moving from a monolith to micro services, changing team structure and the pronunciation of “GIF”. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.

In this episode Simon chats with Avi Wilensky, Founder & Full Stack Developer, from Uphail. They discuss deployment approaches, scaling and automation. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.


In this episode Simon & Jeff discuss the new way the AWS Week in Review is created - using input from people like you! A new, open, collaborative approach based right here:

In this Episode Simon covers a vast array of updates - something for everyone! Plus a security-related Black-Belt Tip!


RDS for PostgreSQL:

Centralised Container Logs:

Amazon EMR Encryption:

Amazon API Gateway updates:

YAML for AWS CloudFormation and more:

AWS Service Catalog Policies:

Auto-Rollback with AWS CodeDeploy:

Visualizer Graph for AWS CodeCommit:

New AWS CloudTrail Support:

AWS OpsWorks Regional Endpoints:

AWS CloudHSM in US West (Northern California):

Kinesis Agent Updates:

More Benefits in AWS Enterprise Support:

Amazon EMR-DynamoDB Connector Open Sourced:

AWS IAM Service Last Accessed Data:

In this episode Simon has a conversation with Abby Fuller from Start-Up She shares fascinating details about their architecture, the way they scale, and the challenges of working with low latency applications. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.

In this episode Simon chats with Andrew Kiggins, Security Solutions Architect, about best practices for DDoS Resiliency and a new white paper that is available with actionable steps for AWS customers.

In this episode Simon covers a raft of updates that have happened in the last few weeks - hopefully something for everyone!

AWS CodeDeploy with Amazon CloudWatch Events:

Amazon CloudFront HTTP/2 support: and Query String Whitelisting:

Reader endpoint for Amazon Aurora: and Release 1.7 updates:

AWS Config ALB Integration:

Mobile Hub Integrate Tab:

AWS Storage Gateway Console Update:

Auto Scaling for EC2 Spot Fleets:

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Nginx with Tomcat:, ALB support:, .NET enhancements:

Amazon CloudWatch Logs Console enhancements:

50 Tags per AWS Resource:

EC2 Auto Scaling Group Metric Improvements:

Amazon WorkSpaces Updates:

New Oldest Message Metric Amazon CloudWatch metric for Amazon SQS:

In this episode Simon interviews Jon Handler, Principal Solution Architect, about the Amazon ElasticSearch service. They discuss use cases, tips and tricks and how to best size and scale for different kinds of workloads.

In this episode Simon talks about in-memory databases with Darin Briskman, Developer Outreach at AWS. They discuss these types of database in general and, in particular, using Redis to make your system faster, some of the choices you need to make, and how Amazon ElastiCache can help.

In this episode Simon has a conversation with Vibhor Rastogi who is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. Often there are questions as to what VCs are looking for in Startups, and conversely, what Startups should be looking for in VCs. Many startups use AWS as an efficient, low-cost and scalable platform to try out their ideas, with the ability to scale when they are successful.

We discuss some of the nuances of the VC space, what VCs are looking for and how Intel Capital looks to invest in these types of businesses. As many of our listeners are running their own startup - we hope this is of real use!

Statements in this document that refer to Intel’s plans and expectations for the quarter, the year, and the future, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A detailed discussion of the factors that could affect Intel’s results and plans is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the annual report on Form 10-K.
Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

In this week’s episode, Simon wants to save you money! You might have heard about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances in the past. Maybe you even played with them a little. The capability has come a LONG way with new and interesting features that let customers reduce operating costs by up to 50-90%! We discuss things like Sport Fleet, Instance Termination Notification and a new Jenkins Plugin that uses Spot!

Keeping your systems secure is a constant effort, and should be a key focus. Fortunately we have more and more automation available at all points of the system development and deployment lifecycle. In this episode we take a look at the Amazon Inspector service and how it can automate security checking of your EC2 instances.

The world of Scientific Computing has been revolutionised by the Cloud. This week Simon speaks with Adrian White from the Scientific Computing team about how HPC and Scientific Computing has been transformed. Lots more information at

For Episode 137 of the AWS podcast we explore the new Amazon Elastic File System and Elastic Network Adaptor. There is also a tip on some great free security-related training as well as some very cool updates to Amazon SNS!

For Episode 136 of the AWS podcast, Simon takes a look into Amazon EC2 Instance Families. We look at the ways you can get better a cost/performance mix using newer instance family types, how to change your instance type and some of the extra capabilities available including Enhanced Networking and EBS-Optimized Instances.

For Episode 135 of the AWS podcast, Simon takes a look into AWS CloudTrail. This service lets customers have tremendous insight into the operations of their AWS accounts. It also opens up a raft of new ways to analyse events from a security, compliance and assurance standpoint. Simon looks at some of the intresting options, uses and reasons you should take a close look at this important service.

For Episode 134 of the AWS podcast,Jeff spoke with Bob Rogers, PhD, Chief Data Scientist for Big Data Solutions at Intel Corporation. We talked about how Bob entered the field of data science, how to get value from data science projects, and some misconceptions around big data. You can listen to the podcast to learn what skills are needed to have a career as a data scientist, and you can also hear Bob’s tips for those looking to become one. Hear what Intel is doing in the big data and analytics space – from the silicon chip to the cloud, and what big data holds for the future.

Intel asked that we add the following disclaimer: Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Learn more at, or from the OEM or retailer.

No computer system can be absolutely secure.

Statements in this document that refer to Intel’s plans and expectations for the quarter, the year, and the future, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A detailed discussion of the factors that could affect Intel’s results and plans is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the annual report on Form 10-K.

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

For Episode 133, Jeff interviewed Rose Schooler, vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of IoT Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. We discussed the current state of IoT, practical applications, and business benefits. Learn how IoT is solving real, tangible business problems, with specific use cases such as an IoT-connected rice farm! You can hear how Intel’s Internet of Things Group offers products and solutions to help IoT become a reality for customers in three areas:  things, network, and cloud.

For Episode 132, Jeff interviewed Boris Diebold (EVP Engineering) and Christian Hillemeyer (Director PR) of Babbel, a language learning company running on AWS. Listen as they discuss how Babbel started, the pivot from their original idea, and how their company makes learning a new language fun, easy, and effective.

For Episode 131, Jeff interviewed Paolo Negri co-founder and CTO of Contentful, a Berlin-based startup that has their API first content management system running on AWS. Listen in as we discuss the API first development model, what’s next for Contentful, and advice for aspiring and would-be entrepreneurs.

For Episode 130, Jeff interviewed Giles Williams, co-founder and CTO of Urban Massage, a UK-based on-demand massage service app. We discused how Urban Massage is changing the online massage booking space, the company’s origins, how the business works, and how AWS powers their application behind the scenes.

For Episode 129, Jeff interviewed Bertrand Lamarque (Director of Engineering) and Itamar Lesuisse (CEO) of Peak, a London-based startup bringing the latest advancements in brain training to mobile. Learn how Peak has changed since they started, and how they use data to make decisions about their product.

For Episode 128, Jeff interviewed Jean Louis Fuccellaro (CEO) and Bastien Murzeau (CTO) of Predicsis, a French-based startup. Predicsis offers businesses the opportunity to enhance customer performance through machine learning and big data. Listen as they discuss how the guys decided to tackle the problem of customer churn with machine learning and AWS.

For Episode 127, Jeff interviewed Diego Villareal (CEO and Co-founder) of Banter!, a discovery platform app that provides real-time updates on nightlife options. In the podcast they discussed how to differentiate from competitors, strategies for building your app’s audience, and how Banter! has evolved since it launched on AWS.

This episode contains an interview with Nico Esteves, VP of Engineering of mobile banking startup Osper. Osper is mobile banking built just for families, with tools for young people to learn how to manage their finances. Parents can set up allowances for their kids, control online spending, and get notifications for failed transactions or insufficient funds. Children can check their balance, learn how to save responsibility, and transfer money to family and friends. Nico shares his insights on the future of mobile banking, how he got into the space, and the security services that allow Osper to grow and succeed.

This episode contains an interview with Doug Parr, CRO of innovative payment startup company Prairie Cloudware. Prairie Cloudware enables banks and credit unions to utilize digital payments (i.e., mobile wallets), rather than rely on third-party partners like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay. Prairie Cloudware is designed to provide financial institutions with the ability to deliver secure customer-controlled digital payment services to customers. Doug and I talk about the appeal of mobile-driven services, entering the startup market, and how his team got started in the payment industry. We also discuss how AWS can deliver a more secure service to ensure customer satisfaction, and the various features that allow Prairie Cloudware to deliver on its security promise.

This episode contains an interview with Tim Kimball, the VP of Engineering at UK startup Aire. Aire’s mission is to bring more people into the financial system who would otherwise have a difficult time entering. Aire lowers the barrier to entry to financial services by enhancing credit scores and ensuring accuracy in credit modeling, thus helping to solve the financial inclusion problem. Tim talks about how he and his team got into the space, their experience with the FinTech accelerator, and how they hope to make significant change in the financial industry. After talking a bit about the business of being a financial services startup, we chat about the technical systems and processes that make Aire secure and successful.

This episode contains an interview with David Von Lehman and Jason Gowans, cofounders of Seattle-based startup Aerobatic. Aerobatic is a static-hosting platform for Bitbucket that delivers easy git push deployment for static HTML websites. David and Jason share their best practices for using S3, Lambda, Activate, and other AWS services to run their company successfully. Finally, we chat about their expansion plans for the future and how they plan to scale in the years to come. The guys participated in the AWS Activate Startup Pitch Event and Networking Mixer in Seattle earlier this month – don’t miss their promo code at the end of the podcast for a free first month of usage!

This episode contains an interview with DubSmash co-founder and CTO Daniel Taschik about the social media and audio-dubbing app. DubSmash enables users to dub audio and video together on an easy-to-use social platform. Daniel explains how they came up with the idea for DubSmash, how people use the app, and how they’ve been able to expand their user network to more than 75 million users in 192 countries. I enjoyed learning about how AWS has enabled the now-viral app to scale exponentially.

This episode contains an interview with Seamus James, software engineer at Betabrand. Betabrand is an online crowdfunding clothing community based in San Francisco. Customers (“fans”) co-design and crowdfund new products in just a matter of weeks, bringing new, fresh ideas to life almost every day. While the company is not 100% AWS-powered, Seamus and I met off of a Reddit thread when he shared a story of how AWS’s scalability helped the ecommerce site survive a high-traffic “success disaster.”

This episode contains an interview with with engineer-turned-entrepreneur Nick Badger about his newly launched startup, Muterra. Muterra launched the Muse protocol to protect personal digital autonomy with ubiquitous encryption and functions with the goal of interoperability. Nick is also developing Ethyr, a new private email system built on Muse. Nick and I talk about his journey from mechanical engineer to entrepreneur, his upcoming Kickstarter campaign, advice for future entrepreneurs, and the technology behind Muterra.

This episode includes an interview with with Austen Collins, founder of the JAWS project (subsequently renamed to Serverless). JAWS optimizes all Lambda functions, with the plans to grow beyond that capability in the future. I emailed Austen after finding him online, and we began an ongoing conversation about Lambda, JAWS, and API Gateway. We discussed the future of Lambda (“Lambda has the potential to be the focal point of AWS cloud”) and its best qualities, as well as the future of serverless models as a whole.

This episode includes an interview with startup advisor Cameron Peron about the challenges facing startups today and the approaches he takes to help startups succeed. We discussed his business-focused background and experience as the VP of Marketing and CMO of Redis Labs. Cameron shares his insights about working for a startup in Israel vs. in Silicon Valley, how to work with scarce resources, and his best tips for startup success.

This episode includes an interview with Andrew Jones and Daniel McGuire, the CTO and CEO/Co-Founder of SkinnyPrice. The guys talk about their experiences launching the discount pricing startup and their history of entrepreneurial adventures (including running a construction company and working with the MassChallenge Accelerator in Boston).

This episode includes an interview with with Srinivasa Venkataraman, one of the founders of security startup Primadesk. Srinivasa discusses how a family photo-organization project inspired him to found Primadesk and how his tech background plus managerial experience has helped him to succeed in the startup ecosystem. Find out more about his file sharing tools, content indexing systems, and how they appeal to both consumers and IT professionals.

This episode includes an interview with with Jake Seip and Tim Sze, co-founders and CEO’s of sales commission engine Compgun. After realizing how difficult it can be to appropriately administer sales compensation and noticing that other companies share this burden, Jake and Tim used their industry insights to solve that problem. Listen to the guys chat about the strengths and weaknesses of running on AWS, where they see the company going in the future, and what they love most about working for a startup.

This episode includes an interview with with Ryan Park (Principal Software Engineer), John Sheehan (CEO), and Stephen Huenneke (Principal Software Engineer) of Runscope.

This episode includes an interview with Joe Doliner of Pachyderm. They are building a full-stack, container-based replacement for Hadoop.

This episode includes an interview with Charley Walton of FundersClub. They are an AWS-powered venture capital platform.

This episode includes an interview with Noah Zoschke of Convox. They are building a new application deployment platform on AWS.

This episode includes an interview with Arlo Faria of His voice recorder app uploads conversations to AWS for sophisticated analysis.

This episode includes an interview with Mike Barrett and Eric Holmes of Their service supports better communication between teachers, students, and parents.

This episode includes an interview with Adam Lee of Bohemian Guitars. He discusses his custom guitar product and the funding campaigns behind it.

This episode includes an interview with Jamasen Rodriguez and Sinan Ozdemir of Tier5. They discuss the Legion Analytics lead generation platform.

This episode includes an interview with David Isbitski. He discusses the Amazon Echo and the Alexa Voice Service.

This episode includes an interview with Q. Wade Billings and Zach Wily of Instructure.

This episode includes an interview with Igor Tabor of Intel Capital.

This episode includes an interview with Aarti Arianna of HeartGLO.

This episode includes an AWS news update and an interview with AWS Community Hero Lynn Langit.

This episode includes an interview with Vaibhav Mallya of .

This episode includes a review of the latest AWS news and an interview with Stefano Bellasio of Cloud Academy.

This episode includes a review of the latest AWS news and a discussion of customer-driven innovation.

This episode includes a review of the latest AWS news and an interview with Aaron Newman, CEO of

This episode is 28 minutes long! It includes a review of the latest AWS news and an interview with the CEO and Co-Founder of

Jeff Barr and Paul Duffy review four recent launches:

Finally, AWS Product Marketing is hiring. Jeff asks Paul about his AWS Product Marketing team and their charter.

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Show Notes
Jeff recorded this episode while traveling in Asia, reviewing major announcements for the past two weeks.

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr has been an Amazon employee since 2002. As Chief Evangelist, he focuses on spreading the word about AWS through the AWS blog and select in-person appearances. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Communication and Digital Media.

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Jeff Barr

Simon is a long-time Amazonian, passionate about helping customers get the most out of cloud technology. A pragmatic technologist at heart, Simon holds an Honours Degree in Information Systems from Monash University.

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