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    In this Episode of AWS TechChat, Pete and Shane are in Chicago and continue on part 2 of an update show that continues to cover some of the missed but very important updates that occurred in the last few months (November 2019 to January 2020) whilst we embraced re:Invent 2019.

    We start the show with some Container news. Firstly, we have four GitHub actions that provide hooks to accelerate your CI/CD pipeline. The actions relate to credentials, secrets, through to ECR and deployment. It helps developers focus on iterating with a high velocity and GitHub handling the heavy lifting of the deployment.

    Amazon EKS being all popular has had a limit increase - 100 Amazon EKS clusters per region per account. We continue to share two networking related updates - Access Control List (ACL) restrictions to public endpoints and the ability to resolve the private Amazon EKS cluster endpoint when using a peered VPC. Finally, on the container front we launched AWS Fargate Spot, only for Amazon ECS allowing saving up to 70%.

    Amazon EC2 Spot Now Provides Instance Launch Notifications via Amazon CloudWatch Events allowing you to up your observability and monitoring game.

    We then pivot to messaging updates. Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) enables you to configure DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) using your own RSA key pair. It is now supports FIPS 140-2 compliant end-points and Account-Level Suppression list which allowing you to specify whether addresses should be added to the list when they result in hard bounces, or when they result in complaints, or both.

    Amazon SNS now brings support for a DLQ. You can now set a dead-letter queue (DLQ) to an (SNS) subscription to capture undeliverable messages and push them to a SQS queue.

    AWS Lambda now provides support to allow you to provision capacity, allowing you to prevent cold starts and is another tool in your toolbox that may make AWS Lambda more applicable to more workloads that require highly consistent latency.

    Lastly, we close off the show with Amazon EBS Fast Snapshot Restore (FSR) update. It eliminates the need for pre-warming data into volumes created from snapshots.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

    AWS DataSync announces a 68% price reduction
    Amazon Elastic Container Service publishes multiple GitHub Actions
    AWS for GitHub Actions
    Amazon EKS Increases Limits to 100 Clusters per Region
    Amazon EKS enables network access restrictions to Kubernetes cluster public endpoints
    DNS Resolution for EKS Clusters Using Private Endpoints
    AWS launches Fargate Spot, save up to 70% for fault tolerant applications
    Amazon EC2 Spot Now Provides Instance Launch Notifications via Amazon CloudWatch Events
    AWS Whats New (Webhook): Amazon SES now enables you to configure DKIM using your own RSA key pair
    Amazon SES Now Supports FIPS 140-2 Compliant Endpoints
    Amazon SES Announces Account-Level Suppression List
    Amazon SNS Adds Support for Dead-Letter Queues (DLQ)
    Provisioned Concurrency for Lambda Functions

    Amazon EBS Fast Snapshot Restore (FSR) eliminates the need for pre-warming data into volumes created from snapshots

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    AWS DataSync announces a 68% price reduction

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    In this Episode of AWS TechChat, I cover some of the missed but very important updates that occurred in the last few months (November 2019 to January 2020) whilst we embraced re:Invent 2019.

    The show starts with the introduction of AWS Lambda Destinations. It’s a new feature of Lambda that provides visibility into a Lambda functions invocation and routes the execution results to AWS services, which simplifying event-driven applications when a function is invoked asynchronously,

    I pivot to a raft of EC2 updates, starting with some house keeping with longer Amazon EC2 Resource IDs. From now until the end of April 2020, you can test your systems with the longer format and opt in when you are ready but after April 2020. All new resources will be created with longer resource IDs by default. It applies only to new resources and i encourage you test out before April 2020.

    Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) are now having new Amazon EC2 instance types available for you. Saving you money and increasing performance. I also touch on how the credit system works on our T instances.

    Next, I introduce an entirely new service - AWS Data Exchange, which is a new service that makes it easy to securely find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud.

    Before jumping in to five FSx for Windows updates around De-Duplication, Encryption, PowerShell, Smaller Volume Sizes and File Share Witnesses for SQL, I talk about Amazon GuardDuty. You can now export findings from across regions and also export findings from all associated member accounts and all AWS regions to a single S3 bucket.

    To close out the show, I share a unique but important update on Amazon Route53. It now supports overlapping name spaces, simplifying complex AWS accounts

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

    Introducing AWS Lambda Destinations
    Longer Format Resource IDs are Now Available in Amazon EC2
    Amazon ElastiCache now supports T3-Standard cache nodes
    RDS New Instance Types
    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Now Supports Maximum Instance Lifetime
    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Now Supports Instance Weighting
    Introducing AWS Data Exchange
    Amazon GuardDuty Supports Exporting Findings to an Amazon S3 Bucket
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now supports Data Deduplication, reducing storage costs by 50-60% for general file shares
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now enables enforcement of in-transit encryption
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now supports managing file shares via PowerShell
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server adds support for High Availability Microsoft SQL Server Deployments
    Amazon Route 53 Now Supports Overlapping Namespaces For Private Hosted Zones

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    In this Amazon SageMaker themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane & Tom start the show level setting on what Amazon SageMaker is and how and where it slots in to our product offerings.

    Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that provides every developer and data scientist with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly at scale.

    We introduce Amazon SageMaker AutoPilot, which lets you automatically create the best classification and regression machine learning models, while providing full control and visibility.

    We then talk about Amazon SageMaker Studio - your machine learning integrated development environment (IDE) in the cloud. Developers can write code, track experiments, visualize data, and perform debugging and monitoring all within a single, integrated visual interface. As part of Amazon SageMaker Studio, it comes with the new Amazon SageMaker Notebook, which allows developers to spin up machine learning notebooks in seconds, without needing to pick an instance and wait for it to be operational.

    We also speak about Amazon SageMaker Processing, which lets you easily run your pre-processing, post-processing and model evaluation workloads on fully managed infrastructure. It also has a python SDK.

    We all like to experiment and try things out, I am talking in the machine learning space here and because of that, we introduce Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor. Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor continuously monitors the quality of Amazon SageMaker machine learning models in production allowing you to set alerts for when there are deviations in the model quality.

    To close the show out, we mention SageMaker Operators for Kubernetes, which you can access fully managed Amazon SageMaker ML tools and optimizations natively from Kubernetes, specifically for model training, hyperparameter optimization, real-time inference, and batch inference.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

    AWS re:Invent 2019 Sessions & Podcast Feed
    Amazon SageMaker
    Amazon SageMaker Autopilot
    Amazon SageMaker Studio
    Amazon SageMaker Notebook
    Amazon SageMaker Processing
    Amazon SageMaker Experiments
    Amazon SageMaker Debugger
    Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor
    Amazon SageMaker Operators for Kubernetes

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    In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the Thursday keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.

    We start the show introducing Amazon Nitro System, look at it from a software lens and share with you the why and how we built this. As virtualization is at the core of the AWS Cloud, we went back to the drawing board and built our own hypervisor to provide performance almost indistinguishable of bare metal whilst providing a security demarcation for our platform. Nitro has allowed us to innovate faster; we have released 4x more instances since we have moved to Nitro.

    We then take a refresher and look at Firecracker. You can launch lightweight micro-virtual machines (microVMs) in non-virtualized environments in a fraction of a second. Given we use Firecracker under the hood for AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate, it provides faster, tighter more seamless scaling than other platforms such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).

    To wrap up the show, we touch on the importance of “evolvable architectures” looking through the lens of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) before introducing you to Amazon Builders’ Library that has papers and topics on how Amazon builds our own distributed systems.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Gabe Hollombe, Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS

    AWS Nitro System
    AWS Nitro Enclaves
    Firecracker – Lightweight Virtualization for Serverless Computing
    Amazon EKS on AWS Fargate Now Generally Available
    Shuffle Sharding: Massive and Magical Fault Isolation
    The Amazon Builders' Library

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    In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the main keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, with a ton of announcements for all.

    We started the show with a new range of Arm-based processors based on AWS new Arm chip - M6g, C6g and R6g making that price to performance ration even more attractive. We continue to share the announcements that we made:

    Amazon Braket – A fully managed service that allows scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from multiple quantum hardware providers in a single place.

    AWS Fargate has made its way to Amazon EKS, you can now launch EKS containers as a Fargate launch type.

    Amazon EC2 instance for inference - the Amazon EC2 Inf1, powered by our own custom silicon Inferentia chips has gone GA.

    AWS Fargate Spot is a new capability on AWS Fargate that can run interruption tolerant Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Tasks at up to a 70% discount off the Fargate price.

    AWS Outposts has gone GA, so if you need hybrid cloud with the same AWS feeling it is now available. If you do not want to manage your Outpost, you can leverage a Local Zone. The first Local Zone in Los Angeles is available now and you can start using it today.

    AWS Wavelength brings local compute to the 5G Edge.

    Provisioned Concurrency for AWS Lambda Functions ensure cold starts issue and sudden traffic spikes do not impact latent sensitive operations.

    Amazon S3 Access Points makes it simple to manage access at scale for applications using shared data sets on S3.

    Amazon Sagemaker bore the brunt of many announcements:
    - Amazon Sagemaker Studio, your machine learning Integrated Development Environment in the cloud.
    - Amazon Sagemaker Notebooks bringing one click Jupyter notebooks to AWS.
    - Amazon Sagemaker Model Monitor automatically detects concept drift in deployed models.
    - Amazon Sagamaker Autopilot automatically creating your machine learning models but with transparency.

    Amazon CodeGuru is a new machine learning service for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations.

    Amazon Fraud Detector, which is a new machine learning service that makes it easy to identify potentially fraudulent online activities such as online payment fraud and the creation of fake accounts.

    Contact Lens for Amazon Connect, bulking out Amazon Connect capabilities, allows you to understand the sentiment, trends, and compliance risks of customer conversations to train agents effectively, replicate successful interactions, and identify crucial company and product feedback.
    We are launching in open preview Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service (MCS), a scalable, highly available, and managed Apache Cassandra-compatible database service.

    Amazon Redshift introduces RA3 nodes with managed storage enabling independent compute and storage scaling.

    Finally, UltraWarm is a performance-optimized warm storage tier for Amazon Elasticsearch Service. It complements the existing Amazon Elasticsearch hot storage tier by providing less expensive storage for older and less-frequently accessed data while still providing an interactive analytics experience allowing up to 3PB per cluster.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

    AWS DeepRacer Evo

    Amazon Braket – Get Started with Quantum Computing

    Announcing New Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g Instances Powered by Next-Generation Arm-based AWS Graviton2 Processors
    Amazon EKS on AWS Fargate Now Generally Available
    Introducing Amazon EC2 Inf1 Instances, high performance and the lowest cost machine learning inference in the cloud
    AWS Fargate Spot Now Generally Available
    AWS Outposts Now Available
    AWS Now Available from a Local Zone in Los Angeles
    Announcing AWS Wavelength for delivering ultra-low latency applications for 5G
    Provisioned Concurrency for Lambda Functions
    Amazon SageMaker Studio: The First Fully Integrated Development Environment For Machine Learning
    Introducing the new Amazon SageMaker Notebook Experience
    Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor – Fully Managed Automatic Monitoring for Your Machine Learning Models
    Amazon SageMaker Autopilot – Automatically Create High-Quality Machine Learning Models With Full Control And Visibility
    AWS announces Amazon CodeGuru for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations
    Introducing Amazon Fraud Detector
    Introducing Contact Lens for Amazon Connect
    Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service (MCS)
    Amazon Redshift introduces RA3 nodes with managed storage enabling independent compute and storage scaling
    AWS announces UltraWarm (preview) for Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover ‘Monday Night Live’, the first keynote of AWS re:Invent 2019 presented by Peter Desantis - VP of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, and it's all about infrastructure.

    We start the show talking about HPC (High Performance Computing), the pain points around HPC that users faced in the past and how our investments in our network, with 100Gb networking, Nitro and EFA (Elastic Fabric Adapter) have been a game changer.

    Formula 1 give us a lesson in CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) and how AWS is helping fans to stand on the edge of the seat with the 2021 car which reduces dirty air for the following car ensuring following cars don't take a huge down-force hit.

    We talk about Machine Learning, P3dn, G4 and snuck in a tidbit for AWS Inferentia which was released today in the form of the Amazon EC2 Inf1 family.

    To close out this episode, we cover AWS global network and introduce 10 new Amazon CloudFront edge locations before finishing on what we are doing on the sustainability front to run our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

    High Performance Computing
    Amazon EC2 C5n Instances
    Elastic Fabric Adapter
    F1 Insights powered by AWS
    New – EC2 P3dn GPU Instances
    Amazon EC2 G4 Instances
    Inf1 Instances with AWS Inferentia Chips
    Amazon CloudFront announces 10 new Edge locations
    AWS & Sustainability


    In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in October and November in the year 2019.

    The show starts with a fun announcement - Amazon WordPress plugin. It combines our plugins around Amazon Polly and Amazon Translate, now provides a workflow to configure an Amazon CloudFront distribution. It is available to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

    Coming up next, something rather huge in the world of AWS - Savings Plans. They introduce the latest cost-savings plans, discuss how it compares to Reserved Instances (RI), talk about the two variations - Compute and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and show you how to get started a savings plan.

    Amazon CloudWatch has now launched cross-account and cross-region dashboard giving you an aggregated and single pane of view across multiple AWS accounts allowing you to display what matters to you.

    Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware has now gone GA, allowing you to run a database engine on your own hardware while the Amazon RDS service automates the time-consuming administration tasks.

    It would not be an update show without Container updates! Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) now has container-scanning feature allowing you to detect CVE’s. Kubernetes has integration with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now has Cloud Development Kit (CDK) support.

    Lastly, to close out the show, they continue with more updates with Amazon GuardDuty. Amazon GuardDuty introduces three new threat detections, two around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) - S3BlockPublicAccessDisabled and S3ServerAccessLoggingDisabled. Last one focus on EC2/MetaDataDNSRebind which informs you that an EC2 instance metadata exfiltration.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Gabe Hollombe - Senior Technical Evangelist, APAC, AWS

    AWS for WordPress plugin now available

    Introducing Savings Plans

    Amazon CloudWatch launches cross-account cross-region dashboards
    Amazon RDS on VMware is now generally available
    The Node Termination Handler
    Amazon GuardDuty Adds Three New Threat Detections

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    AWS re:Invent
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    In this event-driven themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete started the show talking about event-driven architectures. The event-driven architecture is an architectural pattern that orchestrates behavior around the production, detection, and consumption of events as well as the responses they evoke.

    They then moved on to AWS Lambda, which is the product that made the event-driven architecture pattern popular. AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events, which is why it is suited for event-driven architectures and as we learned, has 24 event sources that can invoke an AWS Lambda function.

    Getting into the meat of the show, they pivoted to Single-Page Apps (SPA) and Event Forking, which are two patterns that are commonly used to exploit the benefits that event-driven architecture brings.

    Let us not forget the AWS Event Forking Pipeline, a suite of open-source nested applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), which you can deploy directly from the AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite.

    Lastly, they realized event-driven architecture is a bit of a paradigm shift in thinking, so they covered the skills needed and how you can get started on the event-driven architectures journey.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

    Amazon CloudFront Pricing
    Amazon CloudFront Key Features
    AWS Global Infrastructure
    AWS Lambda
    Amazon SNS Subscription Filter Policies
    Nested Applications
    AWS Serverless Application Model
    AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite
    Amazon Simple Notification Service
    Getting Started with AWS Lambda

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    AWS re:Invent
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    In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in September and October in the year 2019.

    They started the show with an announcement around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Single Region Replication, with this feature you can now automatically and asynchronously replicate newly uploaded S3 objects to a destination bucket in the same AWS Region. Just remember you need to enable versioning.

    There is now a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance, G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, which are the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications. You can find them in limited regions.

    Limits are changing on Amazon EC2. We have made them easier with vCPU based on demand limits. Much easier to manage. All you need to do is remember you have two limits post-October 21. One limit that governs the usage of standard instance families (A,C,D,H,I,M,R,T, and Z) and the default limit is 1152 vCPU. The other limit for the specialized instance families of F, G, P, and X instances that is 128vCPU.

    Check out the NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB, a great new tool designed to help simplify working with Amazon DynamoDB, and the Amazon DynamoDBMapper class in the Java SDK has been updated to support optimistic locking.

    Private EndPoints and API Gateway, it is now a thing. You can now associate one or more VPC Endpoints to a private API, and Amazon API Gateway will create and manage Amazon Route 53 alias records necessary for easily invoking the Private APIs.

    Finally, they closed the show out with two things Shane like - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code with the former now providing IntelliSense for Amazon ECS.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS


    AWS Events:

    In this messaging themed episode of AWS TechChat, Pete is back, and more so in person.

    They started the show reminiscing about messaging history, going back, looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today. More importantly, why do we use messaging and the benefits you can derive in decoupling your architecture.

    They then pivot to event streams, which cover both Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, (Amazon MSK). They are both designed to process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs.

    Next, they moved to a more traditional message bus - Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Amazon MQ (Managed message broker service for ActiveMQ), both a durable pull-based messaging platform. Amazon SQS being lightweight and tightly integrated to the AWS Cloud platform and Amazon MQ supporting a variety of protocols making it a great choice for existing applications that use industry-standard protocols.

    Finally, they talked about push-based messaging with Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and the Message Broker for AWS IoT. Both publish/subscribe (pub/sub) platform that enables you to build fan out architectures with hundreds of thousands to millions of subscribers.

    You now have more than a hammer to build your applications, Maslow would be proud.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS


    AWS Events:

    In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August and September in the year 2019.

    They start the show with an announcement - support for multiple TLS certificates on Network Load Balancers using Server Name Indication (SNI). You can now host multiple secure applications, each with its own TLS certificate, on a single load balancer listener.

    Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) is now GA, and it is a fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log ‎owned by a central trusted authority.

    They then spoke about the recently announced AWS Solution that uses Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Elasticsearch (ES) Service for indexing and analyzing unstructured text. This reference implementation in the form of AWS CloudFormation (CFN) deploys a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for extracting meaningful insights from unstructured data. Also, it has a tasty Kibana dashboard to provide visualizations.

    Updates for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow logs - In addition to existing fields, you can now choose to add in additional meta-data that will help provide more meaningful conclusions.

    Finally, to close out the show we covered two updates for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Amazon EKS now allows you to assign IAM permissions to Kubernetes service accounts. This update gives you fine-grained, pod level access-control when running clusters with multiple co-located services. Secondly, we just released 1.14.6 for Amazon EKS. Please check out the EKS support policy as we only support the last three (1.12, 1.13 & 1.14) EKS releases.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Dean Samuels – Lead Architect, ASEAN, AWS


    AWS Events:

    In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane brings along a special guest, AWS Solution Architect and Container expert - Mitch Beaumont.

    We started the show reminiscing about container history, going way back looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave a quick overview of our container offerings - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate.

    I then posed a fictitious question about container orchestration - what options are available and the pros and cons of each platform.

    We looked at our container roadmap, so pop that into your favorite search engine (https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap) to get an understanding of what has shipped, what is coming soon and what we are working on.

    They say, if you are not keeping score it’s just practice, so Mitch ran us through the approaches we need to take as we make the shift through to containers around observability and monitoring before talking through deployment and operational patterns.

    Lastly, to close out the show, we once again touched base with Firecracker. Firecraker provides hardware-level isolation with the convenience of containers and underpins many of the container and serverless offerings on AWS. It is open-source so feel free to download it, kick the tires and have a play.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Mitch Beaumont - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS


    APAC Online Event:

    In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August in the year 2019.

    However, before doing this they took a look at the SDLC or the Software Development Lifecycle through the lens of AWS Lambda, our favorite server-less compute engine. We discussed trade-offs; in other words, what you are getting and what you are losing with AWS Lambda. We talked through the AWS Lambda support policy, 12-factor apps and worked through three options in which you can manage deprecation of runtimes.

    We then pivoted to updates, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (ECS) now supports multiple load balancers. You can now attach multiple target groups to your Amazon ECS services that are running on either Amazon EC2 or AWS Fargate. This update is quite huge and a big win for customers.

    AWS Lake Formation is now Generally Available, and it is a new managed service to help you build a secure data lake in days. It allows you to Identify, ingest, clean, and transform data, enforce security policies across multiple services and gain and manage new insights.

    Before closing the show off with a raft of Amazon EC2 Updates, 7 to be exact, some general updates, some around spot fleet and another around capacity optimization strategy for Amazon EC2 Spot instances.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS


    APAC Online Event:

    In this hour-long themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean reminisce about their past and cover topics that are important to the budding systems engineer, systems administrator and network engineer.

    We started the show by announcing a new region, Bahrain, the first in the Middle East taking our region count to 22.

    On the Automation front, we spoke about methods and mechanisms you can use to automate the administration of your AWS environment via the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, AWS CloudFormation, and now AWS Cloud Development Kit has gone GA.

    We kept it real with a bit of QA, comparing on-premises via AWS, and Shane did not quite stump Dean, almost.

    We then spoke about networking by introducing concepts and explaining ways in which you can deal with hybrid workloads at both the network layer and via DNS.

    Lastly, we closed the show out with a conversation on what is the minimum kit to on-premises for most organizations before talking about Cloud migration options into AWS.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Dean Samuels - Solutions Architect Manager, AWS


    APAC Online Event:

    In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom (yes he is back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of July in the year 2019.

    They started the show with two Amazon CloudWatch updates. Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection, which applies machine learning to continuously analyze a specific CloudWatch metrics determines a nominal baseline, and surfaces anomalies, all without user intervention before introducing you to Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights and as the sticker says, is a fully managed service to help monitor and troubleshoot containers. Both of these additions are not GA but get your hands dirty and have a play.

    They then pivoted by introducing you to a new service, Amazon EventBridge, which is a serverless event bus that routes real-time data streams from your applications and services to targets like AWS Lambda. EventBridge facilitates event-driven application development by simplifying the process of ingesting and delivering events across your application architecture, and by providing built-in security and error handling. What's more, there are built-in integrations from the likes of ZenDesk, Pager Duty, and more.

    On the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) front, we spoke of four updates.

    1. Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1
    2. Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Serverless has gone GA.
    3. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports new minor versions.
    4. Amazon RDS introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0.

    Another new feature - Amazon EC2 Instance Connect, introduces that ability to control Secure Shell (SSH) access to your instances using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, plus with AWS CloudTrail events giving you a centralized way to audit your SSH connections.

    Finally, Tom snuck in some last-minute updates around Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon AppStream 2.0 adding in support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 base images. Amazon WorkSpaces is now allowing you to copy your Amazon WorkSpaces Images across AWS regions.

    Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, AWS


    In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe talk about the modern relational database built for the cloud: Amazon Aurora. So prepare to SELECT some Amazon Aurora knowledge INTO your brain!

    They start the episode with some level setting. Amazon Aurora is a fully-managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible database, purpose-built for the cloud. It has great performance, and it gives enterprise-grade reliability at 1/10th the cost of traditional options. It has a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64TB.

    Keeping it modern and real, they then discuss Amazon Aurora Serverless, which is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale capacity up or down based on your app's needs. It enables you to run your database with all the benefits that serverless brings.

    Finally, they close the show out with a discussion around Amazon Aurora Global Database, which is designed for globally distributed applications, allowing a single Amazon Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions. It replicates your data with no impact to database performance, enables fast local reads with low latency in each region, and provides disaster recovery from region-wide outages.


    In this episode of AWS TechChat, TechChat turns 50 and Shane and Pete come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in June, in the year 2019.

    They started the show, introducing you to a new service that has gone GA - AWS IoT Events. AWS IoT Events is a new, fully managed IoT service that makes it easy to detect and respond to events from IoT sensors and applications without the traditional heavy lifting of building traditional IoT applications and brings a managed complex event detection service to our already buff IoT suit.

    Sticking with IoT theme, we quickly announced BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) support has landed in Amazon FreeRTOS, and a new MQTT library is now generally available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00. With this update, you can now securely connect Amazon FreeRTOS devices using BLE to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices, and use the new MQTT library to create applications that are independent of the connectivity protocol.

    We then spoke about two new features for Microsoft SQL. Always On Availability Groups have made their way to SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition and we let you know you can now restore a multi-file native SQL Server backup from Amazon S3 to an Amazon RDS SQL Server database instance.

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for Windows containers has gone GA so prepare your BSODs, only kidding. We now support Amazon ECS clusters running Windows Server 2019 containers, so if Windows containers are your thing, take a look at Amazon ECS.

    Lastly, with Amazon API Gateway custom domains, you can now enforce a minimum Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and cipher suites through a security policy allowing you to further improve security for your customers.


    In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete take it up a notch in a thought-provoking episode. They discuss some key AWS feature releases that are fundamentally changing the approach of how customers wire up those more complex AWS account structures and talk to you about some modern approaches more mature customers are adopting.

    We started the show with AWS RAM (Resource Access Manager) which is a simple and secure way to share resources across AWS Accounts, worth taking a look if you use VPC Peering or hybrid DNS resolvers today.

    They then pivoted to AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) which is a software development framework, with the artifact being AWS CloudFormation, yet another tool to help you move to No-Ops and focus on improving developer productivity. AWS CDK offers a higher-level object-oriented abstraction to define AWS resources imperatively.

    And lastly out with the old and in with the new (and it’s not Pete). Node JS 6 is EOL (End-of-Life) for AWS Lambda, and we announce the arrival of Node JS 10 touting significant performance and functionality improvements.

    We like to hear what you like and perhaps what you don’t like, keep the feedback coming and don’t be shy, send us an email at awstechchat@amazon.com

    In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete (yes he’s alive and back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in May 2019.

    They started the show with a price cut for Amazon Connect because everyone likes price cuts, and Amazon Connect is now 26% cheaper in two US regions.

    Next, they cover additional cloud-formation support for both AWS Transfer for SFTP and AWS Backup, allowing you automate the usage of these services.

    Moving on they talked through Amazon CloudWatch percentiles, as it has introduced support for percentiles on metric filters which are particularly useful when applied to metrics that exhibit large variances.
    AWS Ground Station has gone GA (General Availability). So prepare your satellites. There are no long-term commitments, you pay only for antenna time, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it.

    Shane then kept it real by talking about AWS Step Functions Callbacks. Callback patterns automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services, and now it's native.
    Lastly, to close out the show, they covered three new EKS updates that address monitoring updates, through to additional functionality and reduced administrative effort.

    We like to hear what you like and perhaps what you don’t like, keep the feedback coming and don’t be shy, send us an email at awstechchat@amazon.com

    In this AWS TechChat - Application Security Edition, Shane chats with Gabe about all things application security, providing a crash course for the builder in all of us.

    They start the show with some level setting to set the scene, introducing the Top 10 OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) before moving on to CVE's (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). They then move up the stack to Layer 7 and speak about AWS WAF, which is our web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits and how you can use AWS WAF to mitigate against OWASP Top 10 risks as well as how you can leverage managed rule sets for common COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) applications.

    Lastly, introducing Amazon Inspector - an automated security assessment service that helps shine a light on the security and compliance of applications deployed on Amazon EC2 by detecting CVE's and instance drift again CIS standards.

    Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they get their inner geek on and cover a few significant announcements that occurred last month that help the modern builders. They cover some quick announcements around Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 T3a instances are now a thing, and what’s more, our A1 instances are finding their way into Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS with the latter being in preview. They then set the scene around containers, romanticized about the past and how they differ from Virtual Machines before introducing AWS AppMesh. AWS AppMesh is a service mesh that provides application-level networking to make it easy for your services to communicate with each other, before rounding out the show by introducing the AWS Toolkit for VS Code which provides an integrated one-stop experience for developing and debugging serverless applications in AWS Lambda and AWS SAM.

    Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they close our two-part series of getting started on AWS. In this episode they build on part 1 by extending the foundational concepts, allowing the student to become the master. They cover ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) via Amazon Elasticsearch Service allowing you to keep score on your website by visualizing logs, spotting trends and finding that needle in the haystack. They then pivot to collaboration and help reduce feedback cycles and bring your team closer together via Amazon Chime before briefly touch on Managed Active Directory and why you should run it on AWS. Lastly, they talk about Amazon WorkSpaces, your VDI experience in the cloud allows you to build desktop systems at scale from general purpose, to GPU backed instances and pay for them by the hour.

    Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the core concepts on how you can get a website and email service up and running on AWS. In part 1 of this two-part series, they lay a technical foundation and cover domain registration, and DNS in general with Amazon Route 53 - an awesome DNS service. They then speak about web-hosting and touched on the various options you have in AWS before transitioning to MX records and Amazon WorkMail for email hosting.

    Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the latest AWS Tech Round-Up. In this episode, they touch on topics relevant to all gamuts of IT. They start the show with a deep dive of AWS Step Functions Local and AWS Step Functions support for Tag Based Permissions. They then pivot to ALB (Application Load Balancer) announcement as ALB now supports ARR (Advanced Request Routing). They wrap up the episode with an introduction to AWS Deep Learning Containers.

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean cover updates that aid in optimizing your server and container operations via the Amazon Linux Upgrade Assistant and Amazon ECS Enhanced Container Dependency Management respectively. They also cover how applications in Amazon VPC'es (Virtual Private Cloud) can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across VPC peering connections. Finally, they look at emerging trends and technologies customers are using to experiment and innovate.

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete reflect on changes to the AWS platform that have occurred over the years. They review the services that often go hidden away. Whilst often niche to the masses, they are important and are the unsung heroes which can affect developer and operational productivity. Shane talks about patterns and anti-patterns for AWS Secrets Manager and AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. They then pivot to AWS Certificate Manager and explain a little bit about public and private certificates, and how AWS Certificate Manager makes your life easier. Lastly, they cover AWS Simple Email Service and how it can easily slot into your landscape.

    It is the new year and a new episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete look over the 50 or so announcements post AWS re:Invent 2018. They talk about price cuts for AWS Fargate of up to 50%, introduce Server 2019 Amazon EC2 AMI's and what it brings to the table and why you should upgrade. They introduce 3 new services, AWS Backup, AWS Client VPN and Amazon WorkLink and talk about the latest Amazon EC2 Placement group feature and partition placement groups.

    In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom close out our 3 part re:Invent special with an episode for the builders. They talk through the added functionality released around AWS Lambda, and there is a lot. AWS Lambda as a ALB Target, AWS Lambda Layers providing common dependencies across functions and Lambda Custom Runtimes allowing you build AWS Lambda functions with your own runtimes. They introduce Step Functions API Connectors enabling customers to workflows that consume AWS services without writing extensive code and lastly the AWS Amplify Console, which provides continuous delivery and hosting services for mobile and web applications.

    In the second part of AWS re:Invent 2018 recap episode, Shane is joined by Tom McMeekin, Solutions Architect, AWS. They dive into important Machine Learning and AI announcements around Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon Elastic Inference, AWS optimized TensorFlow, Amazon DeepRacer, Amazon SageMaker Neo, Amazon Textract, Amazon Personalize and Amazon Forecast.

    In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Dr. Pete and Shane scratch the surface of AWS re:Invent 2018. This episode will highlight ARM's coming of age with the Amazon EC2 A1 instance powered by the AWS Graviton processor. They will introduce you to Firecracker, a platform that gives customers the hardware virtualization-based security boundaries of virtual machines, while maintaining the smaller package size and agility of containers and functions and lastly they will cover storage updates by introducing you to AWS FSx, which provides two managed file systems and briefly scratch the surface of AWS Transfer for SFTP.

    Joining host Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat is special guest Tom McMeekin, Solution Architect, AWS. Shane and Tom discuss updates to Amazon Route 53, support for DNS resolution over inter region VPC, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and AWS CloudFormation.  

    In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete and Shane are diving deep on databases! From the newest edge locations to the announcement of AMD EPYC. They dive into the updates around Amazon RDS for SQL server, MySQL version updates and Amazon Athena.

    Dr.Pete and Shane are back again with another episode of AWS TechChat! Tune in to find out more about price reductions and the latest AWS updates around Amazon EC2, AWS Storage Gateway, Multi Factor Authentication with Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), AWS Lambda, AWS WAF and Amazon Aurora.

    In another exciting episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dean and Gabe share, the latest AWS events, key releases such as AWS X-Ray adding support for controlling sampling rate from the X-Ray console, Amazon API Gateway adding support for AWS X-Ray, Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access and, dive deep into system observability and hybrid IT.

    Join Dr Pete and Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as, they share quick wins to save time and money! They share six quick wins from updating your Amazon EC2 instances, using Amazon Aurora for Auto Scaling, managing and measuring your free tier usage with the free tier widget, reducing time spent on application development with Serverless Bot Framework and AWS Amplify, upgrading to Amazon Redshift DC2 Reserved Instances to the price reduction of Amazon Lightsail.

    In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Olivier and Dean discuss how AWS enables you to innovate quickly with the latest from AWS PrivateLink, Amazon CloudFront, VPC endpoints, AWS Greengrass, AWS Snowball Edge, AWS Fargate, Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Transcribe.

    Unable to attend some of your favourite AWS events? Join Dr Pete and Shane as they kick off the 30th episode of AWS TechChat on the latest events, update of AWS stats and dive into deep tech details around AWS landing zones, Amazon API Gateway, Storage Gateway, Application Load Balancer, Amazon Linux, Amazon EMR and AWS DeepLens.

    In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome onboard Gabe Hollombe as a co-host. Join Dean and Gabe as they start the episode with the latest AWS stats, general availability of Amazon Neptune, Amazon EKS and Amazon Sumerian. They then go into the latest from Amazon Cognito, AWS AppSync, AWS MobileHub, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon SQS, Application Load Balancer and Amazon SageMaker.

    In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr. Pete and Shane share with you some of the latest AWS Stats, how you can optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 instance, updates and announcements around AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon SNS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon ECS, registry of open data on AWS, opportunities for cost savings for Amazon RDS, AWS Certified Security Exam and AWS Database Migration Service.

    Missed the AWS Summits? We bring you AWS TechChat from the AWS Summit Sydney! In the first episode of TechChat TV, hear Dr Pete & Dean Samuels share what’s new at AWS.

    Watch this session on TechChat TV.

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome Shane Baldacchino to the line-up of AWS TechChat hosts! Dr Pete & Shane kick off this episode with updates on the AWS infrastructure and, dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS with news around Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, AWS Greengrass ML Inference, Amazon FreeRTOS, AWS IoT Device Management, Amazon Rekognition Video, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Translate, and Amazon Comprehend.

    Hosts Oli and Dean, bring you the latest episode of AWS TechChat where they kick it off with updates from AWS re:Invent 2017, how to keep up to date with AWS and the new AWS regions. They then dive into AWS Database services such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Neptune, Amazon Aurora and, AWS Compute services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and AWS Lambda.

    Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as it kicks off with some interesting news around Artificial Intelligence (AI), latest updates and announcements around Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, Apache MXNet Release, Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, AWS Deep Learning AMI, Amazon Kinesis Analytics, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Preview of Performance Insights, Amazon Athena, AWS Shield, AWS Direct Connect and, information around AI related sessions at AWS re: Invent 2017. 

    Joining Pete and Oli as a co-host from this episode is Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. In this latest episode, Pete and Dean round up the latest around Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF, Amazon EC2 Spot, Windows Server for Amazon LightSail, Microsoft SQL Server for Amazon EC2, Lifecycle Policies for Amazon EC2 Container Registry, Amazon Database Migration Service, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator and Gluon, Application Load Balancer and AWS Marketplace.

    Join host Oli in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as he speaks with special guest, Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. Oli and Dean dive into the latest updates and announcements around Network Load Balancer, Amazon Lex, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, AWS Greengrass, Per-Second billing, Middle East Region, Apache MXNet, and Prime Day 2017.

    Join host Dr Pete in the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as he shares the information and updates around VMware on AWS, improvements to signing into your AWS Account, Amazon Route 53, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon VPC, Amazon EC2, Amazon SES, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Lex, New Quick Starts on deploying IBM MQ on AWS and deploying NGNIX Plus on the AWS Cloud.

    In the exciting 20th episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr Pete and Oli take listeners through new service announcements of AWS Migration Hub, Amazon Macie, AWS CloudTrail Event History, AWS Glue, launch of edge locations for Amazon CloudFront, general availability of Lambda@Edge and VPC endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB, updates and information around Amazon EFS, NOAA GOES-R on AWS, UK Met Office Forecast Data, New Quick Start, AWS CodeCommit, introducing AWS SAM Local and AWS CodeDeploy.

    In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete welcomes Olivier Klein as the new co-host. The hosts kick off the episode with, information and updates around Amazon Connect, Amazon WorkSpaces, AWS Direct Connect, AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), AWS Config, Amazon Kinesis, New Quick Start, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon Athena, Amazon Route 53 and wrap it up with an Amazon Connect demo.

    Join Dr Pete and Russ in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as they share security best practices and news around Amazon Rekognition, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ECS, AWS Greengrass, Amazon SQS, AWS CodeStar, AWS Lambda, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon EMR and AWS Deep Learning AMIs.

    In this action packed episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ share the latest announcements around Amazon EC2 P2 instances, Amazon LightSail, updates around Remote Desktop Gateway, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elasticsearch, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront, HIPAA eligible services, Amazon Cognito, Amazon QuickSight, AWS Serverless Application, IAM policy summaries and new AWS Certification Specialty exams. 

    From new announcements to service updates, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ bring you another packed episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode, they take you through the announcement of new edge locations, updates to Amazon QuickSIght, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Marketplace, Amazon WorkMail, Amazon EMR, Amazon RDS, AWS Schema Conversion Tool, AWS Organizations, Elastic Load Balancing, AWS Deep Learning, Amazon Simple Queue System (SQS), Amazon Chime, AWS Lambda and introduce, AWS and Ionic’s Mobile Web and Hybrid Application on GitHub.

    Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat as special guest Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President, Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS joins our hosts Dr Pete and Russ to talk about Innovation, Architecture and the AWS Cloud. 

    In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates and announcements including the launch of the new Zurich edge location, the general availability of Amazon Cloud Directory, updates to Move over JSON, AWS Lambda, Amazon ECS, Amazon WorkDocs, AWS Cryptography, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EMR, Amazon ElastiCache, Databases, Deep Learning, Amazon Elastic File System and Amazon EC2 reserved Instances.

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    In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr Pete and Russ start off by announcing the new edge location in Philadelphia for Amazon CloudFront and the availability of Amazon Chime. They also take you through the latest services and feature updates around Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Organizations, Amazon Relational Database Service, AWS Schema, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, New Quick Start, Amazon EC2, AWS Key Management Service, AWS Lambda, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon GameLift, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon QuickSIght, Amazon Rekognition and AWS Direct Connect.
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    Hosts, Dr Pete and Russ kick off the latest episode of AWS TechChat with a round up on the AWS global Infrastructure, global network, price reductions and, number of new services and features we have launched. They will also take you through exciting announcements on Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support for Amazon EC2 instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS Lambda, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Elastic Container Service, Amazon Elasticsearch, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Relational Database Services and Amazon Workspaces

    AWS Lambda
    AWS:: Serverless::Function
    AWS:: Serverless::Api
    AWS:: Serverless::SimpleTable
    AWS Serverless Application Model
    Dead Letter Queues

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk Support for Restoring Terminated Environments
    AWS X-Ray 

    Amazon Elasticsearch
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service 
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service free tier now available on t2.small.elasticsearch instances
    Elasticsearch 5 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports phonetic analysis

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce
    Apache Spark 2.1.0 and updates to Apache Hive and Hue now available on Amazon EMR release 5.3.0

    Amazon Redshift
    Amazon Redshift announces improved Workload Management console experience

    Amazon Relational Database Service
    Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Outbound Network Access Using Custom DNS Servers
    Amazon RDS for Oracle 
    Amazon DNS service 
    Easy Migration from RDS MySQL to Aurora
    Amazon RDS for MySQL 
    Amazon Aurora 
    Amazon RDS now supports Read Replicas of Encrypted Database Instances across Regions
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    Amazon RDS 
    AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

    Dr Pete and Russ Nash continue their round-up of the best highlights of the new AWS services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. Wishing our listeners a most happy and safe holiday season.  

    Amazon Polly – New Service

    A service that turns text into lifelike speech. It supports 24 languages and 47 lifelike voices. Create apps that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Learn More »

    Amazon Rekognition - New Service

    A service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications. With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces. Learn More »

    Amazon Lex – New Service

    A service for building conversational interfaces using voice and text. With Lex, the same deep learning engine that powers Alexa is now available to any developer, enabling you to bring sophisticated, natural language chatbots to new and existing applications. Learn More »

    [ SECURITY ]
    AWS Shield – New Service

    AWS Shield is a managed DDoS protection service that safeguards your web applications using Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53. Learn More »

    [ COMPUTE ]
    Lambda@Edge – New Feature

    Lets you run code at CloudFront edge locations without provisioning or managing servers. This allows developers to deliver a low latency user experience for customized web applications. Learn More »

    AWS Batch – New Service (Preview)

    AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. Learn More »

    AWS CodeBuild – New Service

    AWS CodeBuild builds and tests code in the cloud. CodeBuild scales continuously, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You are charged by the minute for the compute resources you use. Learn More »

    AWS X-Ray – New Service
    Helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. Learn More »

    AWS Step Functions – New Service

    Makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Learn More »

    AWS Personal Health Dashboard – New Service

    Gives you a personalized view of AWS service health. You’ll get alerts when services you are using are impacted, and guidance to help keep your AWS resources healthy. Learn More »

    Blox – Open Source scheduler for Amazon ECS

    Blox is a collection of open source software that enables customers to build custom schedulers and integrate third-party schedulers on top of ECS. Learn More »

    Amazon Pinpoint – New Service

    Amazon Pinpoint makes it easy to run targeted push notification campaigns to improve user engagement in mobile apps. You can use Pinpoint to define your target segments, run your campaign, and measure results. Learn More »

    AWS Glue – New Service

    A fully managed ETL service that makes it easy to understand your data sources, prepare the data, and load it reliably to data stores. It simplifies and automates data discovery, transformation, and job scheduling tasks. Learn More »

    For the AWS and tech aficionados, Dr Pete and Russ Nash delivers some of the best highlights of the new services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. With more than 130 announcements made, episode #9 offers the most titillating updates that would leave any techy feeling like Christmas has come early!

    [ COMPUTE ]
    Amazon EC2 R4 - New Instance Type

    • The latest generation of Memory Optimized instances which are 20% more price performant than R3 instances. Learn More »

    Amazon EC2 T2 - New Instance Type

    • You can now launch t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. Learn More »

    Amazon EC2 I3 – New Instance Type

    • I3 instances are the latest generation of Storage Optimized High I/O instances, featuring NVMe based SSDs for the most demanding I/O intensive relational, NoSQL, transactional, and analytics workloads. Learn More »

    Amazon EC2 C5 – New Instance Type

    Amazon EC2 F1 – New Instance Type

    • A new compute instance with programmable hardware for application acceleration. With F1, you can directly access custom FPGA hardware on the instance in a few clicks. Learn More »

    Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs – New Feature

    • Ability to add high performance graphics acceleration to existing EC2 instance types, with your choice of 1 GiB to 8 GiB of GPU memory and compute power to match. Learn More »

    Amazon LightSail – New Service

    • When sometimes you just want a server. A fast and easy way to get a virtual private server with the memory, storage and networking your project requires. Learn More »

    Amazon Athena – New Service

    • An interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage. You pay only for the queries you run. Learn More »

    Amazon Aurora – New Features

    • Now PostgreSQL compatible. Get up to twice the performance of the typical PostgreSQL database and the features you love in Amazon Aurora. Learn More »

    AWS Greengrass – Software for Connected Devices

    • Software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices. Learn More »

    [ STORAGE ]
    AWS SnowBall Edge – New Service

    • A petabyte-scale data transfer service with on-board storage and compute. Learn More »

    AWS SnowMobile – New Service

    • An exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data. Learn More »

    Amazon AppStream 2.0

    • Allows you to stream desktop apps securely from the AWS cloud directly to users on the device of their choice, eliminating the need to rewrite desktop apps for the cloud. Learn More »

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager – New Service

    • A management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply Windows OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. Learn More »

    Our hosts geek out with Adrian De Luca, Head of Solution Architecture for partners and ecosystem for Asia-Pacific. They chat about all things related to AWS partners, including the different levels and types (in the vicinity of tens of thousands world-wide) and their key role in shifting workloads onto the AWS cloud and providing exceptional experience for customers that are scaling on AWS. They also cover some great partner activities happening across the globe as well as some recent key announcements made with IBM, CommVault, VMware and Atlassian. Happy listening!

    By popular demand, Dr Pete and Russ Nash serves up a mammoth update covering the latest technical news and announcements from AWS, covering:

    Stay up to date on the cloud topics that matter to you most. Dr Pete and Russ Nash chat about Aussie Rules Football and the last 10 years of AWS with Dr Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon.com during his recent trip to Australia.

    Stay up to date on the cloud topics that matter to you most. Dr Pete and Russ Nash offers up a monstrous round-up of AWS news and services updates, spanning from performance enhancements, price reductions and software dev updates. Tune in to get across the most significant updates from AWS.

    Topics covered:

    A special guest joins Dr Pete and Russ in this episode, which is sure to excite the developers among you! Developer-at-heart, Adam Larter, Specialist Solutions Architect from AWS, chats to our hosts about the latest news impacting the developer community from AWS. Covering hot topics like AWS IoT, the serverless framework and the growing momentum of AWS Lambda & API Gateway since launching in 2014. Adam also offers up tips to how you can get started by leveraging AWS SDKs to develop, create and manage applications built on AWS. Take advantage of a great number of resources available to help you get started (listed below) – there’s never been a better time to build!

    Getting Started:
    · AWS SDK
    · AWS Lambda
    · AWS IoT
    · AWS Documentation

    Learn more:
    · Visit the AWS Developer Blog
    · View course info on Developing on AWS

    Dr Pete and Russ deliver another rich round-up of recent AWS news. They cover India's recent AWS Region launch, the latest services and feature updates around EC2 with Elastic Network Adaptor, Run Command, Elastic File System (EFS), Python Serverless Microframework for AWS, as well as Mobile Hub, Lumberyard, Database Migration, Aurora and a whole lot more. They are also joined by a special guest from APAC Certification and Training,
    Ash Willis. Ash joins our hosts to chat about honing your cloud skills, and best practice tips to get you started on your AWS certification journey. All this and more - be sure to tune in!

    In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates, including: EC2 longer instance IDs, EC2 console screenshots, RDS Multi-AZ for SQL Server, RDS cross region replication for Aurora, the new EMR release including Apache Tez and Apache Phoenix, new high throughput EBS volume types and S3 Transfer Acceleration. They also take a closer look at the applications and benefits of resource tagging. All this and and more – be sure to tune in!

    AWS TechChat debuts with discussions on the exciting AWS announcements made at AWS Summit Sydney (27 – 28 April, 2016). Dr Pete and Russell Nash are joined by Ajay Nair and Stefano Buliani from the AWS product team, to chat about the significance of large-scale data transport solution, AWS Snowball, and the upcoming launches of AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway and what this means to Australian and New Zealand customers.

  • TechChat TV


    There are some questions that nearly everyone ask when they first start the journey to 'big data' in the cloud. This session looks at “Where do I start?”


    There are some questions that nearly everyone ask when they first start the journey to 'big data' in the cloud. This session looks at “Where do I start?”


    Ever get frustrated with the pages and pages of Security Policies your company wants you to adhere to? This talk will show you how to use the aws-config-engine-for-compliance-as-code, where to start in your organization, and go through a few real-life use-cases with a live demo of compliance automation in-action.


    In this session you will learn how to use AWS SAM Local in order to bring the power of AWS Lambda to your laptop so that you can develop, test and debug Serverless Applications with no interruption and without internet. We'll build and deploy a serverless application live from the terminal and show you how you can author anything serverless, anytime, anywhere.


    Most of the enterprises leverages call centre to reset the passwords and record any major incidents and act upon it. Using Amazon Connect, Lex and Transcribe we can automate the IT service management tasks and reduce call centre effort.


    Containers and Kubernetes are currently hot topics, moreso with the recent preview release of the Amazon Elastic Container service for Kubernetes (EKS). In this talk, we will go through some of the key features of the current preview release. If you’re into Kubernetes, you can’t afford to miss this talk.


    The big bad wold keeps stealing Grandma's recipes! Let's show Grandma how to develop and deploy an API easily using the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, SAM and some simple authentication rules.


    A customer enabled Amazon GuardDuty and detected cryptocurrency mining occurring on an EC2 instance running Jenkins. Fast forward two months and it was finally discovered that a hacking group was exploiting an undisclosed vulnerability to deploy mining apps to vulnerable servers. See how Amazon GuardDuty can help you keep ahead of security risks.


    Breakglass approach is needed to break into a system when Active directory is down. Demo will showcase the SSM capabilities to and serverless approach to handle break glass situation.


    Update on the AWS Expo Floor: In the spirit of running experiments, we took a different approach to building out the expo floor at this year’s AWS Sydney Summit. Phon Hansana and Adrian de Luca explain how our Metropolis of the Future has been built out. Plus hear from AWS APAC Director, Ed Lenta.


    Facing the challenge of building out CI/CD pipelines across multiple AWS accounts? Let's explore the best practices for managing Continuous Delivery in complex environments to provide you with options for how to select the best patterns for your ecosystem.


    Alexa is the Gateway to Serverless: Join special guest, Drew Firment from A Cloud Guru as we talk about building serverless applications by using Alexa skills development as a mechanism to get started.


    AWS Cloud Warrior Update: One of the community programs that we run is the AWS Cloud Warrior program. Join Solutions Architect Manager, Rodney Haywood as we discuss how this program is a great way for professionals to share their AWS knowledge and learn from each other.


    Have you ever wanted to know a flower name and always get confused? Have you ever wanted to build an API that will recognize objects or species? If so, then this is the right session for you.


    Tired of wasting time on setting up development environments and CI/CD pipelines? In this session we will talk about how Cloud9 and CodeStar can be used to start new development projects quickly and easily, with a focus on Serverless development.


    Innovation in Cloud Security: Join Phil Rodrigues talk about making the security message simpler - how to make security simple for developers, and how to understand the cloud for security teams.


    It's hard to get started building a video analytics solution. In this talk, we will discuss how AWS can take away much of this initial heavy lifting with services such as Rekognition Video, Kinesis Video Streams and IoT.


    State of the Nation: Women in IT ANZ: “How do we hire more women in tech?” is a great that this question is being currently being asked. Kris Howard, Director of YOW! shares her thoughts on this question and what we can do to promote diversity in IT.


    It's difficult to use traditional tools to monitor, debug and optimise distributed applications. In this talk, we will discuss how to build state machines to orchestrate multi-step serverless applications and gain operational visibility into your distributed applications using AWS X-Ray.


    Missed the AWS Summits? We bring you AWS TechChat from the AWS Summit Sydney! In the first episode of TechChat TV, hear Dr Pete & Dean Samuels share what’s new at AWS.

Peter Stanski, Sr Manager Solutions Architecture, AWS

Peter ‘Dr Pete’ Stanski has been an IT and business strategy consultant for over 20 years and is an influential figure in the technology space. He has mentored organisations with their technology adoptions and continues to develop solutions for industries spanning across telecom, finance, education, research, trade, gaming, e-learning, scientific, bio-technology and IT.

He is a Senior AWS Solutions Architect Manager and over several years has helped countless customers unlock innovation at scale with AWS.

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Olivier Klein, Emerging Technologies Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Olivier is a hands-on technologist with more than 10 years of experience in the industry and has been working for AWS across APAC and Europe to help customers build resilient, scalable, secure and cost-effective applications and create innovative and data driven business models. He advises how emerging technologies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI), ML and IoT space can help create new products, make existing processes more efficient, provide overall business insights and leverage new engagement channels for end-consumers. He also actively helps customers build platforms that align IT infrastructure and service spending with revenue models, effectively reducing waste and disrupting how product development had been executed over the past decades.

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Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, Amazon Web Services

Dean comes from an IT infrastructure background and has extensive experience in infrastructure virtualisation and automation. Dean has been with Amazon Web Services for the last five years and has had the opportunity to work with businesses of all sizes and industries, primarily across Australia and New Zealand, but also across the wider APAC region. Dean is committed to helping customers design, implement and optimise their application environments for the public cloud to allow them to become more innovative, agile and secure. Whilst Dean does have a strong IT infrastructure background covering compute, storage, network & security he is very focused in bringing IT Operations and Software Development practices together in a more collaborative and integrated manner.

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Shane Baldacchino, Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

Shane is a passionate technologist that cut his teeth in web-hosting by keeping some of Australia's most popular websites online before running architecture functions for some of the world largest food manufacturers. He has a blend of both development and infrastructure backgrounds. Shane is an enthusiastic maker and his house is often referred to as 'SkyNet'. Shane has been at AWS for the last two years and has had the opportunity to work with businesses of all sizes and industries, and whilst being technologist, he is able to communicate technical solutions effectively all the way through to executive audiences. Shane is advocate of all facets of automation and is committed to helping customers leverage the AWS cloud to drive innovation and customer value.

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Gabe Hollombe, Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services

Gabe Hollombe is a software developer and Technical Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, where he has the best job ever: staying current on cloud computing best-practices and services, learning how customers are innovating on AWS, building exciting demos, and sharing his knowledge and passion with the world. Gabe has over 15 years of experience building robust, scalable, and well-tested systems across a variety of industries. From on-demand online tutoring, to large-scale federated identity and user management, to data processing for a constellation of nano-satellites, Gabe has been building on AWS since 2009.These days Gabe is most excited about serverless, mobile, devops, and AI/ML. Away from the screen and stage he enjoys making bad puns, playing board games, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and French bulldog.

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