AWS re:Invent 2015 – Day 1

re:Invent is always an exciting time of the year, when a slew of new features are announced to the pleasure of hundreds or even thousands of customers.

I have been lucky enough to attend the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for the last two years, and the atmosphere there is always buzzing. Unfortunately I was not able to attend this year, but I am lucky enough to work for AWS, and have been getting very excited about the keynotes as they drew closer.

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Declutter your Inbox

Everyone wants to be more productive. Something that is commonly associated with being more organised and productive is having an empty inbox. Reaching Inbox Zero means you have achieved your goals, and your life is in order.

But what about the tens or even hundreds of automated mailers you receive every day? It may not always be convenient to wade through them as and when they arrive, or you may want to file them to read later if they look interesting. But you don’t want them to get in the way of your real emails, the ones that make you truly productive.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 – Day 2

The second day of the AWS re:Invent conference has drawn to a close, and I sit here with ringing ears from the re:Play party where Skrillex was headlining. AWS certainly know how to throw a party – this one including a 20ft Tetris game, an entire arcade of retro games, a quadcopter obstacle course, and luminous dodgeball.

Back to the keynote; and a large portion of today’s was spent letting large AWS customers talk about their positive experiences of using the “AWS platform”. And this is an important phrase – one that has been used significantly more this year than in previous years, and reinforces the message that Amazon are trying to push – that AWS is much more than just IaaS. As Amazon continue to release products and services that creep up the stack, this message will become increasingly important. The other key message coming across this year is containers – they have appeared from nowhere in the past 18 months and are becoming increasingly important. Expect to see a lot more of them in the coming years.

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