Since Amazon launched their cloud computing business AWS ("Amazon Web Services") in 2006 they have been striving to broaden and deepen their offerings. By broadening I mean allowing greater and greater access to the cloud whether that is geographically, or from an ever increasing range of devices. By deepening I mean allowing for a greater complexity of services provided. This has been part of their strategy to become the premier cloud computing company. It's safe to say (for better or for worse) that Amazon has succeeded in their strategy.
This year's ...
Pranav and I are in Las Vegas for the annual Amazon Re:Invent conference.
We'll be putting up some technical reports from the conference, but we're having fun as well! The best example thus far was the Pub Crawl that the conference sponsored last night. I think the highlight of the event was visiting the Madam Tussaud's wax museum. Here are two pictures of us with the great Shaq.
If you're using a Mac, you'll probably notice an automatic security update installing on your computer in the next couple of days. When this happened to me earlier this morning, I was caught by surprise and somewhat suspicious because I've never seen an automatic update on a Mac before. As it turned out, this was a real update and the first time Apple has issued an automatic fix.
Here's some more info.
My second session at the AWS Summit highlighted the impressive database capabilities of AWS. There are four different database solutions: DynamoDB, RDS, Elasticache, and Redshift. The biggest pitch was for DynamoDB - a NoSQL solution. They even gave out $25 cards to try it out -which apparently should be good for a decent sized proof of concept. The other database solutions were described as well.
Another big theme was that costs keep on going down. This (partially) explains why I didn't write down the cost structures of the various DB solutions.
See below for all the details:
I'm here at the AWS Summit conference at the Jacob Javitz center and am taking notes from a couple of sessions. My first session was on "Understanding AWS Security" by Bill Murray, who's two notches down below Bezos.
If I had to summarize Murray's argument i...