On 9th and 10th May, Excel arena, East London hosted the AWS Global summit. I joined 12,000 enthusiastic people queuing around the building, all eager to get stuck into the wonderful world of AWS.

The attendees came from different stages of the ‘Cloud journey’. There were those who, like me, had just got a new job and were keen to up skill on AWS, and the very experienced like my colleague Mohammed Hoque who was hoping to find out the most recent AWS releases and advancements.

Gavin Jackson, AWS Managing Director, echoed this in his keynote stating that 44% of those attending was looking to optimise their current AWS estate across their multiple workloads. The general consensus, expressed over an impressive lunch, was that there is a lack of companies offering this kind of advice and expertise. This s supported my belief that we here at Methods are in the right space, supporting clients in their move to AWS Cloud and enhancing their existing usage.

AWS Event

AWS CTO Werner Vogels, as always, was impressive. I would urge you to spend an hour watching this keynote, to find out more about AWS super powers. It shows the advances that AWS have made (50%+ market share), moving away from just telling customers that the Cloud is cheaper, to the main message “now we can afford better security for your data than any other organisation.” Vogels emphasized encryption and encouraged users “to encrypt as much as you can” (everything if possible) and asserted that AWS enables you to be “the only one who decides who has access to your data” and not the service provider. Thanks to the recent DDoS attacks, AWS shield was discussed at length throughout the day.

After the keynote, I spent my time listening to customer stories.
These 4 stood out:

  1. DVLA was experiencing massively increased demand for the information, rising from 600,000 to more than 70 million requests per month. Amazon API Gateway enabled DVLA to simplify processes, reduce cost and risk, and contribute to economic growth allowing it to provide scalable, secure, programmatic data access to police, local authorities, and third parties building value-added solutions.
  2. Expedia is all in on AWS, with plans to migrate 80 percent of its mission-critical apps from its on-premises data centres to the cloud in the next two to three years. By using AWS, Expedia has become more resilient. Expedia’s developers have been able to innovate faster while saving the company millions of dollars.
  3. Intuit is all-in on AWS and uses Amazon SageMaker to train its machine-learning models quickly and at scale, cutting deployment times by 90 percent.
AWS Stands
The new AWS stickers and lots of goodies ranging from Lightsaber to power bank summed up my day ( Everyone likes freebies).