AWS re:Invent 2019 Content Available

A lot of content from the recent AWS re:Invent 2019 conference in now available online. Below are links to all the announcements, keynotes, sessions, and slides.

Announcements:
https://aws.amazon.com/new/reinvent/

Keynote Recordings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhr1KZpdzukcAXSVwQ3L9cWD4QgKPCQ5S

Session Recordings:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoadna9HFHsxXWhafhNvKw/playlists

Session Slides:
https://aws.amazon.com/events/events-content/?awsf.filter-series=event-series%23reinvent

December CU Cloud Computing Platform UG Meeting

Join us at noon on December 12, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting.

Dave Iffland will present on: Five Failures: Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out

December CU Cloud Computing Platform UG Meeting

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019, 12:00 PM

EnterpriseWorks @ U of I Research Park
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL

4 Members Attending

Join us at noon on December 12, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting. Dave Iffland will present on: Five Failures: Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out Fighting Illini Sports Technology has been working in the cloud for the past few years to support Illinois Athletics. In this talk, Dave will discuss some…

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November CU Cloud Computing Platform Meeting

Join us at noon on November 14, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting.

Paul Thornhill will present on: Working Through a Data Model; A Case Study

November CU Cloud Computing Platform UG Meeting

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019, 12:00 PM

EnterpriseWorks @ U of I Research Park
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL

4 Members Attending

Join us at noon on November 14, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting. Paul Thornhill will present on: Working Through a Data Model; A Case Study After assessing our organization’s use case and making the choice to enter the big new world of big data in cloud, we are faced with our first major challenge; h…

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AWS Training Opportunities and EFS cost savings

This week’s most relevant AWS updates:

Architecting on AWS in Chicago

This is a three-day in-classroom course that will give you a jump start to building IT infrastructure on AWS in a performant and cost-effective way. Cost is $1,800.

We also have a few webinars coming up focused on higher education:

Going All In: Adtalem’s Cloud Migration Strategy

Adtalem (formerly DeVry) executed a bold strategy to migrate their entire on-premises infrastructure to AWS in less than two years. This free webinar will be presented on March 21st at 1:00 pm Central Time.

How Cornell university Uses the Cloud to Reimagine Course Delivery

This pre-recorded webinar is available to view any time. It describes how Cornell professors uses cloud-based application streaming to make computational resources easily available to students and how they were able to build on those tools to add interactivity to their lectures.

AWS Innovate: AI Edition

AWS Innovate is an online conference series, and the next event will feature three tracks of AI presentations. Registration is free, and the conference will take place from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm Central Time on March 5.

Finally, we have a service update that’s relevant to some of our campus use cases:

Amazon EFS Introduces Lower Cost Storage Class

Amazon’s Elastic File System is a hosted NFS solution that provides high availability and redundancy while maintaining compatibility with existing configurations. Because it replicates data across three different availability zones, it’s been one of the more expensive storage options. This week, Amazon introduced lifecycle management and an “Infrequent Access” (IA) storage tier to EFS. With lifecycle management configured, all files which haven’t been accessed in 30 days will automatically be moved to IA storage, dropping costs by as much as 85%.

AWS Backup and Fargate Price Drop

Amazon announced AWS Backup yesterday. Backup provides a central interface to manage backup strategies for:

  • Elastic Block Store
  • Elastic File System
  • Relational Database Server
  • DynamoDB
  • Storage Gateway volumes

Backed up data is securely stored in Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, and configurable to cycle into Glacier if you prefer.

Automating and verifying backups has been a common need on campus, and now it’s built in for free. I expect the service to incorporate additional services in the future.

Earlier this month Amazon announced a price reduction for Fargate. I’ve worked with a number of groups who weren’t sure how to balance convenience and costs. The new pricing is between 35% and 50% less expensive, depending on your configuration, which makes it more attractive to run your containers without any management of the underlying infrastructure.