Simon Elisha & Jeff Barr 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.

Elections and their associated campaigns are important, complex and an great example of a “spikey one shot deal workload”. Simon speaks with Michael Jackson (Strategy Lead, State & Local Government, AWS) and Leo Zhadanovsky (Principal Solutions Architecture, AWS) about how Elections are run on AWS and some great “war stories” from past campaigns.


Simon is joined by Jeff Barr, Ana Visneski & Daniel Westermann-Clark to discuss why the AWS Blog exists, how it gets produced and a few other interesting things you might want to hear about!!

The AWS Blog:

Do you have SFTP in your environment? How about need to do a lift-and-shift of a high volume system? Simon speaks with Jeff Thorn, CEO of Thorn Technologies about how they have helped customer overcome these and other challenges using AWS.

SFTP gateway:
SMS Cloud Migration:
Mobile Banking on AWS:

What is a WAF and why would you use it? Simon speaks with Sundar Jayashenkar (Senior Product Manager, AWS) to get into some detail.

Simon chats with Sandy Carter (AWS VP of Enterprise Workloads) about her blog post where she discusses her experiences joining Amazon.

Blog post:

Simon & Jeff get together to review a raft of updates large and small!


Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to Tag Their Elastic IP Addresses |

Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Configurable Storage and Switching Between Hardware Bundles |

Now available in Amazon SageMaker: DeepAR algorithm for more accurate time series forecasting - AWS Machine Learning Blog |

Amazon SageMaker BlazingText: Parallelizing Word2Vec on Multiple CPUs or GPUs - AWS Machine Learning Blog |

Amazon Inspector no Longer Requires a Compatible Kernel for Rules Packages like Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) |

Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Speeds Query Processing with Hash Join and Batched Scans |

Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Natively Supports Synchronous Invocation of AWS Lambda Functions |

Announcing Preview of Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility |

AWS Developer Forums: Amazon S3 Inventory adds a time stamp |

AWS Lambda .NET Core 2.0 Support Released - AWS Developer Blog |

Announcing Go Support for AWS Lambda - AWS Compute Blog |

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now Available in Three More Regions |

CloudWatch Introduces Tiered Pricing With up to 90% Discount for VPC Flow Logs and Other Vended Logs |

Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.3 |

New AWS Auto Scaling – Unified Scaling For Your Cloud Applications - AWS News Blog |

With the GA launch of AWS Greengrass and bundled support for embedded Lambda Compute in Snowball Edge appliances, AWS is broadening the scope of opportunity for customers with varying edge computing needs. Simon speaks with Todd Varland and Ian Perez Ponce about what "edge computing" really means and the emerging use cases they see across a range of industry sectors. They also discuss the value Snowball Edge delivers as a hybrid platform capable of providing ephemeral compute resources and petabyte-scale storage virtually anywhere.


Get Started with AWS Greengrass:
AWS Snowball Edge (including torture-test video!):

How do you manage fast time to market whilst maintaining governance in a large Enterprise? AWS Service Catalog can help! Simon speaks with Clive D’Souza (Global Head of Business Development for AWS Service Catalog) about how customers are modernising their governance and deployment processes.

Simon speaks with Trevor Sullivan (Solutions Architect, AWS) about the capabilities of AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. Are you an AWS CLI fan? Are you a PowerShell guru? This episode is for you!


Simon reviews some of the updates to AWS services, a new Alexa Skill, a repository of all AWS re:Invent 2017 content as well as a black-belt tip!

Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery |

Elasticsearch 6.0 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service |

Run Petabyte-Scale Clusters on Amazon Elasticsearch Service Using I3 instances |

Encryption at rest now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service |

AWS Storage Gateway adds upload notifications, MIME-type detection, SUSE Linux support and additional features to File Gateway |

Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now alerts you when any M out of N metric datapoints in an interval are above your threshold |

Amazon CloudWatch now supports two new chart visualization options in metrics and dashboards |

Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS CodeBuild as an Event Target |

Amazon CloudWatch Logs now Supports KMS Encryption |

New – Amazon CloudWatch Agent with AWS Systems Manager Integration – Unified Metrics & Log Collection for Linux & Windows - AWS News Blog |

AWS CloudTrail Enhances Event History View and Search |

AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate |

You Can Now Automate Amazon AppStream 2.0 Agent Updates on your Streaming Instances |

Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Tagging to Track Your Resources |

Easily Apply Amazon Cloud Directory Schema Changes with In-Place Schema Upgrades |

AWS Organizations Enhancements |

AWS Single Sign-On – Cloud SSO Service - AWS |

EFS File Sync Now Available in All Amazon EFS Regions |

Use AWS Budgets advanced filtering options to extend your cost monitoring capabilities |

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types |

Support for Apache Spark 2.2.1 with Amazon SageMaker integration and Apache Hive 2.3.2 on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0 |

Amazon ECS Adds ELB Health Check Grace Period |

AWS Direct Connect Update – Ten New Locations Added in Late 2017 - AWS News Blog |

AWS Alexa Skill Now Available |

AWS re:Invent 2017 Sessions & Podcast Feed |

Specifying Parameter Values for the AWS Command Line Interface - AWS Command Line Interface |

AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store - AWS Systems Manager |

Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining about an AWS Quick Start available to get your Data Lake up and running fast!

How can you manage preventative maintenance without having to learn low level SCADA languages? Simon speaks with Shane Baldacchino (Solutions Architect, AWS) about applying AWS Greengrass, AWS Step Functions and AWS Lambda@Edge.

Watch Shane’s AWS DevDay Session:
AWS IoT Blog:

Gaming, media and entertainment have never been bigger business. Amazon Polly makes it easy to add voice for both static and dynamic content; developers can animate avatars and highlight text as it is currently spoken in mobile apps and video games, or vocalize dynamic content on the fly. Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly and Felix Duchesneau, Software Development Manager for Amazon Lumberyard. They share a few of the ways in which text-to-speech can be used to lower cost and increase efficiency for (pre-production/ production/localization) development, increase accessibility, and enhance overall user experience with voice commands.

You have AWS questions? We have answers! Simon speaks with Garvit Singh (Solutions Builder) and John Stamper (Principal Solutions Builder) about solutions that have been built for use by AWS customers. These are fully deployable via AWS CloudFormation and available as Open Source as both a complete solution or the basis for your own extensions.


AWS Answers Site:

AWS Multiple Account Security Strategy:

Serverless Image Processing:

Serverless Data Lake:

EFS-to-EFS Backup:


Simon speaks with Jenny Davies and Marc Napoli (both Technical Account Managers at AWS) to learn more about what the role entails and how they help customers.


Interested in a TAM Role? visit and search for "TAM"

AWS Enteprise Support:

Simon takes you through even more news from re:Invent!


Announcing Alexa for Business: Using Amazon Alexa’s Voice Enabled Devices for Workplaces - AWS News Blog |

AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions |

Set Concurrency Limits on Individual AWS Lambda Functions |

AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions |

AWS Lambda Introduces Enhanced Console Experience |

Get Ready for the AWS Serverless Application Repository - AWS News Blog |

Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service |

AWS Cloud9 – Cloud Developer Environments - AWS News Blog |

Announcing New AWS Deep Learning AMI for Microsoft Windows |

Amazon API Gateway Supports Endpoint Integrations with Private VPCs |

Announcing Support for Inter-Region VPC Peering |

Introducing Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instances |

T2 Unlimited – Going Beyond the Burst with High Performance - AWS News Blog |

Introducing Spread Placement Groups for Amazon EC2 |

Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management |

Keeping Time With Amazon Time Sync Service - AWS News Blog |

Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master |

In The Works – Amazon Aurora Serverless - AWS News Blog |

Over-the-air updates, access to local resources, and OPC-UA industrial protocol adapter now available on AWS Greengrass |

Ready-to-Use Managed Rules Now Available on AWS WAF |

Simon covers a raft of the announcements made at the re:Invent Keynote and other announcements of note!


New- AWS IoT Device Management - AWS News Blog |

Presenting AWS IoT Analytics: Delivering IoT Analytics at Scale and Faster than Ever Before - AWS
News Blog |

In the Works – AWS IoT Device Defender – Secure Your IoT Fleet - AWS News Blog |

AWS IoT 1-Click Overview - One click creation of an AWS Lambda trigger for any device |

Announcing Amazon FreeRTOS – Enabling Billions of Devices to Securely Benefit from the Cloud - AWS News Blog |

Amazon SageMaker – Accelerating Machine Learning - AWS News Blog |

Amazon Comprehend – Continuously Trained Natural Language Processing - AWS News Blog |

Amazon Transcribe – Accurate Speech To Text At Scale - AWS News Blog |

Welcoming Amazon Rekognition Video: Deep-Learning Based Video Recognition - AWS News Blog |

Amazon Kinesis Video Streams – Serverless Video Ingestion and Storage for Vision-Enabled Apps - AWS News Blog |

AWS DeepLens – Get Hands-On Experience with Deep Learning With Our New Video Camera -
AWS News Blog |

S3 Select and Glacier Select – Retrieving Subsets of Objects - AWS News Blog |

Amazon Neptune – A Fully Managed Graph Database Service - AWS News Blog |

Amazon DynamoDB Update – Global Tables and On-Demand Backup - AWS News Blog |

Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances with Direct Access to Hardware - AWS News Blog |

M5 – The Next Generation of General-Purpose EC2 Instances - AWS News Blog |

H1 Instances – Fast, Dense Storage for Big Data Applications - AWS News Blog |

Amazon EC2 Update – Streamlined Access to Spot Capacity, Smooth Price Changes, Instance Hibernation - AWS News Blog |

Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes - AWS News Blog |

Introducing AWS Fargate – Run Containers without Managing Infrastructure - AWS News Blog |

Amazon GuardDuty – Continuous Security Monitoring & Threat Detection - AWS News Blog |

Introducing AWS AppSync – Build data-driven apps with real-time and off-line capabilities - AWS News Blog |

AWS PrivateLink Update – VPC Endpoints for Your Own Applications & Services - AWS News Blog |

AWS Lambda Supports Traffic Shifting and AWS CodeDeploy Deployments |

Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments |

Presenting Amazon Sumerian: An easy way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences - AWS News Blog |

AWS Media Services – Process, Store, and Monetize Cloud-Based Video - AWS News Blog |

AWS Systems Manager – A Unified Interface for Managing Your Cloud and Hybrid Resources - AWS News Blog |

Amazon MQ – Managed Message Broker Service for ActiveMQ - AWS News Blog |

Simon takes you through a “Mega” set of updates and new things. Grab a coffee (he makes a recommendation!) and hopefully there will be at least one update that makes you smile!


How to Prepare for AWS’s Move to Its Own Certificate Authority:

New Pricing for AppStream 2.0 for Qualifying Education Users:

What’s New with AWS:

Simon speaks with Ken Eisner, Senior Manager of Worldwide AWS Education Programs about AWS Educate. Are you an educator looking for up-to-date content for your curriculum? Are you a student wanting to get modern, relevant qualifications? Do you want to “re-skill” yourself with some of the most valued technical skills in the market? Take a listen to how the AWS Educate program can help - PLUS a special code for $150 of AWS Credit is shared in the episode (NOTE: code valid to 31st December 2017).

App developers spend incredible time, resources, and effort to grow their app audiences, but once you've acquired a user, it's easier and cheaper to retain and engage them via messaging and notifications. In this podcast we introduce AWS Pinpoint for engaging with your users and getting app and user analytics to drive your business.

Amazon Pinpoint:

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, making it easy to develop applications that use high-quality speech to increase engagement and accessibility. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly to introduce Amazon Polly and walk through popular use cases in specific industries where Amazon Polly's natural sounding voices improve user experience and enables new ways to consume content: Learning/Education, Gaming, Content Creation and Telephony. Learn about real-world scenarios and examples of how to incorporate text-to-speech into their capabilities.

VMware Cloud on AWS is now available to customers! Simon speaks with Andy Reedy, Manager of Solutions Architecture at AWS, about how it works and what customers can do with this capability.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that allows you to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser, without rewriting them. Simon speaks with Deepak Suryanarayanan, Senior Product Manager at AWS, about how customers can use AppStream 2.0 to deliver their applications more efficiently.

Simon takes a walk through LOTS of the updates that have been happening for AWS Customers.

New – Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes - AWS Blog |

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their existing VPCs |
New – Descriptions for Security Group Rules - AWS Blog |
New – Stop & Resume Workloads on EC2 Spot Instances - AWS Blog |
Amazon VPC NAT Gateways now support Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring and Resource Tagging |
AWS VPN Update – Custom PSK, Inside Tunnel IP, and SDK update |
Elasticsearch 5.5 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service |
Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow Announces Support For Geoproximity Routing With Traffic Biasing |
New Network Load Balancer – Effortless Scaling to Millions of Requests per Second - AWS Blog |
Now Available – EC2 Instances with 4 TB of Memory - AWS Blog |
Use OpenCL Development Environment with Amazon EC2 F1 FPGA Instances to accelerate your C/C++ applications, also F1 instances are now available in US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) Regions |
Announcing: React Native Starter Project with One-Click AWS Deployment and Serverless Infrastructure - AWS Mobile Blog |
Announcing enhancements to the Amazon Lex test console |
Announcing support for synonyms and slot value validation on Amazon Lex |
Now Specify Request Level Attributes with Amazon Lex |
New Amazon Lex Built-in Slot Types for Phone numbers, Speed, and Weight, Available in Preview |
Export your Amazon Lex chatbot to the Alexa Skills Kit |
Apple Core ML and Keras Support Now Available for Apache MXNet - AWS AI Blog |
AWS CodePipeline now provides notifications on pipeline, stage, and action status changes |
Amazon Pinpoint Introduces Two-Way Text Messaging |
Amazon Cognito Integrates with Amazon Pinpoint to Add Analytics for User Pools and Enrich Pinpoint Campaigns |
Amazon Redshift now supports late-binding views referencing Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables |
Custom Artifacts on AWS Device Farm - AWS Mobile Blog |
Amazon Aurora Can Migrate Encrypted Databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL |
Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Raspbian OS and Raspberry Pi Support |
AWS Greengrass is available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. |
AWS CloudTrail Enables Option to Add All Amazon S3 Buckets to Data Events |
Amazon Kinesis Analytics improves application performance for high volume data streams |
New Kinesis Analytics stream processing functions for time series analytics, real time sessionization, and more |
AWS CloudFormation provides Stack Termination Protection |

In this episode Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining along with Chris Perkins (AWS) about the AWS Quick Start for Data Warehouse Modernization and how you can get the most from it.

AWS Quick Start:

Jumpstart Consulting Offer:


Simon speaks with Chris Andronaco (Manager of Technology, Toyota Racing Development) about agile, developing software and what it takes to support high-performance car racing teams.


One of the biggest problems in the mobile application industry is optimizing the user on-boarding process. For most applications, you can't really monetize your app until a user has signed up. But implementing and managing all of the complex machinery needed to create a user identity and access systems is time consuming and not your core competency. App developers can save time, money, and effort by using AWS Cognito for on-boarding users and managing their identity, authorization, authentication, and resource access policies.

Amazon Cognito:

Simon takes you through a set of service updates large and small!


AWS CloudFormation and DAX:

VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB:

RDS for Microsoft SQL Server:

AWS Quick Start for Microsoft SQL Server:

New Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio:

Amazon SES Reputation Dashboard:

AWS CloudTrail Event History for Everyone:

Amazon EC2 G3 Instance Availability:

Deadline 10:

Amazon Route53 Updates:

Amazon EFS Updates:


Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Update:

Amazon Redshift Scalar UDFs:

Did you want to get Alfresco up and running fast, securely and reliably on AWS? Listen to how Alfresco (Toni de la Fuente, Cloud Architect and Leader of Security Operations, Alfresco) and AWS (Santiago Cardenas, Partner Solutions Architect, AWS) created a Quick Start for you to do just that!

Alfresco Content Services Quick Start:

Alfresco Global Virtual Hack-a-thon:

AWS Quick Start:

One of the biggest problems for mobile app developers is delivering quality applications that get high ratings and reviews in the app store. All it takes is a few bad ratings, and users will be unlikely to even download your application. One of the keys to producing quality mobile applications is thorough testing, but individual developers can't afford to own thousands of devices, let alone manage the infrastructure for running test harnesses against all those devices. In this episode, we introduce AWS Device Farm that lets mobile app developers test their apps against a wide array of mobile devices and catch bugs early so you can focus on introducing new features and functionality to delight your users rather than spending all your cycles responding to and fixing issues reported in reviews and rankings.

AWS Device Farm:

AWS Device Farm Plugins:

This episode takes you through a collection of handy updates to existing services, and a new Security whitepaper.

AWS CodePipeline:

AWS Budgets:

AWS Service Catalog:

Amazon Route 53:

AWS Direct Connect:

More .NET Core Support:

AWS Price Reduction:

AWS CloudFormation Updates:

AWS WAF Rate-Based Rules:

Using AWS WAF To Mitigate OWASP Top 10 :

Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards:

Where do you store your sensitive config info and passwords for your applications? In this episode Simon dives into the Parameter Store and how you can use it to protect and access your sensitive data.

EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store:

Interesting Articles about Parameter Store:

Tagging for Parameter Store:

Simon speaks with Philip “Fitz” Fitzsimons, Global Well-Architected Lead, and Herman Coomans, Senior Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Well Architected framework. They discuss what it consists of, how customers can apply it, and what they have learned.

Well-Architected Site:

It is time again to catch up on a raft of updates for customers! This week’s updates include: AWS Trusted Advisor, Amazon Workspaces, AWS IoT Button, AWS Mobile Hub, Amazon ECS and Amazon DynamoDB just to name a few!

In this episode Simon talks about Apache MXNet on AWS with Julien Simon, Principal Technical Evangelist AWS. They discuss what it is and how to get started.

Apache MXNet on AWS:
Amazon EC2 P2 Instances:
Julien’s Intro to MXNet Blog Posts:

In this episode Simon chats with Sandy Carter, Amazon VP of Windows & Enterprise Workloads, about the type of innovation companies can undertake, and how the Windows ecosystem on AWS fits into this.

Windows on AWS:
Sandy’s Twitter Handle: @Sandy_Carter

In the early stages, hiring the right people can be as critical as an original great idea. In this episode we’re joined by Andrew Thompson, ex-VP of Engineering at Yoyo Wallet and Will Bentinck, Head of Careers at Makers Academy who talk about their views and approaches to startup recruitment.

AWS Startup Stories webpage:
Yoyo Wallet:
Makers Academy:
Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

Simon speaks with Roger Barga, General Manager for Amazon Kinesis, about how streaming is changing the way organisations are building systems and creating modern, responsive interactions with their customers.

Useful Links
Amazon Kinesis:
Hands-on Tutorial:
Test Drive Using Demo Data:
Test Data Generator:
Amazon Kinesis posts on the Big Data Blog:

Having a scalable idea is a dream of any startup founder. But with multiple markets and countries to consider, putting that idea into action is a whole new ballgame. Hear how AWS customer and startup success Once, a dating app with a unique approach, nailed its global strategy, and how it’s accelerating growth in 11 countries and counting.

AWS Startup Stories webpage:

Once webpage:
Access episode 5 cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

AWS Summit London:

This week in the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to Anne Boden, CEO & founder of Starling Bank, about her experience on building a mobile only bank from scratch, dealing with regulators, and launching a public API Marketplace.


AWS Startup Stories webpage:
Starling Bank:
Starling Bank Marketplace website:

Access episode 4 cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

AWS Summit London:

This week Simon recaps what has been happening in the EC2 Container Service (ECS) world and how customers are taking advantage of some of the new capabilities.

In this episode of Startup Stories we cover VC funding and how to build longlasting relationships with investors. You will hear both sides of the story from Robin Klein, General Partner at VC fund Local Globe on what he looks for when making investments, and Hal Watts, CEO of tech-fashion Unmade, a company Robin invested in, on his experience finding investment.

AWS Startup Stories webpage:

Unmade webpage:
Local Globe webpage:
Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

AWS Summit London:


In a shorter episode, Simon takes you through the new Cost Allocation for EBS Snapshots and the new AWS Training & Certification Portal.

AWS re:Invent 2016: Cost Optimizing Your Architecture: Practical Design Steps For Savings (ARC310):

Cost Allocation for EBS Snapshots:

Deleting EBS Snapshots:

New AWS Training and Certification Portal:

In the second episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to two special guests innovating on AWS in the fintech space. Tom Blomfield, CEO and founder of Monzo, mobile-only bank, and Darren Westlake, CEO and co-founder of Crowdcube, the world’s first equity crowdfunding platform, discuss crowdfunding for startups.


AWS Startup Stories webpage:

Monzo webpage:

Crowdcube webpage:

Access episode 2 cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

AWS Summit London:

In this episode Simon discusses the importance of re-visiting Services to ensure you reduce the amount of undifferentiated heavy lifting you have in your architecture. Then he covers a raft of updates big and small.

AWS and Ionic:

Amazon QuickSight updates:

AWS Schema Conversion Tool updates:

AWS CloudFormation support for AWS WAF on ALB:

AWS CloudTrail with S3 Data Events:

Auto Scaling Resource-Level Permissions:

AWS CodeDeploy Updates:

New Amazon S3 Console:

Amazon Athena adds API/CLI Support:

AWS X-Ray AWS Lambda Request Tracing GA:

In this first episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren Mowry, Head of Startup Business Development and Venture Capital at AWS EMEA, talks to Tessa Cook, co-founder and CEO of food sharing app and AWS startup customer Olio, about growing a social enterprise and building a loyal fan base with an almost non-existent marketing budget.

AWS Startup Stories webpage:

OLIO webpage:

Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here:

AWS Summit London:

Simon interviews Sri Elapolu, Senior Manager IoT Public Sector Practice, about Data Lakes, IoT and what customers are doing with the technology now and into the future.

Smart Cities:

City on a Cloud:


Big Data on AWS:

IoT on AWS:

This episode covers a bumper collection of things new and updated! Price reductions, new services, AI, ML, Big Data, FPGAs, Databases and more!

The bumper list of shownotes:



Simon discusses a variety of updates and some great Services that now work even better together!

City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge:

EC2 Run Command as a target for Amazon CloudWatch Events:

Amazon EMR Instance Fleets:

Instance Size Flexibility for EC2 Reserved Instances:

Amazon SES IP Pre-Warming:

Amazon Cloud Directory API Efficiency:

Amazon API Gateway integrates with AWS Certificate Manager:

In this episode Simon interviews Nathan Wallace, Founder & CEO at Turbot, about using AWS in large Enterprises with Software Defined Operations.

In this episode Simon gives you an introduction to a new Customer Contact Centre in the cloud - called Amazon Connect.

In this episode Simon talks about Amazon Lightsail with Emily Kruger, Product Manager for Amazon Lightsail. They discuss what it can be used for, and where customers get the most benefit.

Simon speaks with Paras Bhuva, AWS Partner Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Migration Tool. Where it is used and what customers need to know.

In this special episode, Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Mark Nunnikhoven, Vice President, Cloud Research, TrendMicro and Adam Johnson, Cofounder at IOpipes. The discuss considerations for security in serverless architectures, with plenty of “war stories”!

Lots of updates this week as Simon does a “lightning look” as some interesting updates - with a special emphasis on getting data insights with very little work!


Kinesis Firehose with Lambda -

Data Insights Blog Post -

Athena & AVRO:

QuickSight scheduled updates:

CodeCommit GIT Credentials:

MySQL->MariaDB Migration:

ECS Windows Containers:

Schema Conversion Tool Updates:

Cost allocation updates:

Amazon Chime:

Amazon GameLift supports all C++ & C# engines including Lumberyard, Unreal Engine & Unity:

Simon sits down with Dr Matt Wood, GM of Artificial Intelligence at AWS, to talk about the emerging world of AI. They also do a little reminiscing of days gone by!

Amazon Lex:
Amazon Polly:
Amazon Recognition:
Apache mxnet:

In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

In this episode Simon discusses AWS OpsWorks with Amir Golan, Senior Product Manager. They discuss what it can do, how customers use it - and its strengths in fleet management.

In this episode Simon chats with Matt Hackett, CTO at Beme (now acquired by CNN), all about how Beme was built and some of the challenges of building video-related apps today vs in the “old days” at his time at Tumblr. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.

A special extended episode this week discussing Serverless. Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Matt Weagle, Ant Stanley & Ben Kehoe. They discuss server less architectures, testing and other fun topics!

AWS re:Invent 2016 Audio Library:
Building Serverless Applications:
AWS Lambda:

In this episode Simon chats with Jon Handler, Principal Solutions Architect, about scaling and securing the Amazon ElasticSearch Service with some deeper-dive examples of what to do.

In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about backup options to the cloud. They cover connector technologies, tiering and other considerations.

Simon Elisha

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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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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