The Official AWS Podcast

The Official AWS Podcast is a podcast for developers and IT professionals looking for the latest news and trends in storage, security, infrastructure, serverless, and more. Join Simon Elisha, Jillian Forde, and Shruti Koparkar for regular updates, deep dives, launches, and interviews. Whether you’re training machine learning models, developing open source projects, or building cloud solutions, The Official AWS Podcast has something for you.

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Host: Simon Elisha

Simon Elisha

Simon, a longtime Amazonian and Chief Technologist, is passionate about helping customers get the most out of cloud technology. A pragmatic technologist at heart, Simon holds an Honors Degree in Information Systems from Monash University.

Host: Jillian Forde

Jillian Forde

Jillian is a Sr. Solutions Architect who works with startups to help them grow their businesses using the AWS cloud. With a non-technical background, she has not only become an expert in the AWS cloud but also an official AWS podcast host. Her mission is to bridge the gap for those new to the tech industry by making cloud computing and technical concepts approachable and understandable. 

Host: Jillian Forde

Shruti Koparkar

Shruti is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at AWS. She leads product marketing for EC2 accelerated computing and helps customers explore, evaluate, and adopt EC2 instances for their generative AI and machine learning needs.

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Top Episodes of 2023

The Official AWS Podcast and host Simon Elisha, and recent addition Jillian Forde, have provided weekly updates on new AWS services across the cloud since 2012. Having hosted more than 400 guests and dozens of companies from across industries, the podcast has become your source for the latest tips, tools, and use cases for AWS services. Check out these popular episodes to get a taste of what awaits.

Generative AI Roundup

Simon takes you on a tour of AWS generative AI capabilities related to software development, AI policy, foundation models, new instance types, CPUs and more.


Learn about the newly released AWS Lambda SnapStart for Java, delivering up to 10x faster function startup performance. SnapStart is a performance optimization feature that initializes your function ahead of time and caches a snapshot of its execution environment. When your function is then invoked - or scales up - AWS Lambda resumes execution from that snapshot, instead of initializing your function from scratch, significantly improving cold starts. You can enable SnapStart for new or existing Java-based serverless applications such as financial computations, machine learning inference, synchronous APIs, or data processing.

Simplifying Kubernetes on bare metal with EKS Anywhere

Amazon EKS Anywhere is a deployment option for Amazon EKS that allows customers to create and operate Kubernetes clusters on customer-managed infrastructure, supported by AWS. With support for bare metal deployments on Amazon EKS Anywhere, customers now have a broader choice of infrastructure for running Kubernetes on-premises. As customers modernize their applications, they want to use Kubernetes consistently between their existing on-premises bare metal infrastructure and the cloud. Running Kubernetes on bare metal infrastructure is complex, and customers spend time, effort and money on infrastructure operations instead of focusing on business innovation. In this podcast, you will learn how Amazon EKS Anywhere on bare metal enables customers to automate all steps - from bare metal hardware provisioning to Kubernetes cluster operations - using a bundled open source toolset built on the foundation of Tinkerbell and Cluster API.

AWS Data Lab

AWS Data Lab helps customers shave months off of their development timelines by providing an engagement that pairs their teams of builders with dedicated AWS technical resources - helping them make architectural decisions faster, remove technical roadblocks, build with confidence, and build fast! In this episode, Angie Gould (Manager of Product Management) and Hunter Carlisle (Manager of Solutions Architecture) join Simon to talk about how the AWS Data Lab is helping customers across the globe build solutions on AWS. They dive into common projects that customers work on in the lab, how customers are using machine learning in industries like sports and finance, what to expect, and how to get started.