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 Feb 8, 2020
The update shows are great to keep your ear to changes and it's good to check out relevant deep dives.


The AWS Podcast is the definitive cloud platform podcast for developers, dev ops, and cloud professionals seeking the latest news and trends in storage, security, infrastructure, serverless, and more. Join Simon Elisha and Jeff Barr for regular updates, deep dives and interviews. Whether you’re building machine learning and AI models, open source projects, or hybrid cloud solutions, the AWS Podcast has something for you.

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#362: Riffing on Customer Outcomes with Cory Quinn
How are customers thinking about their journey to the cloud? What are the piftalls? What are the opportunities? Simon speaks with Cory Quinn, host of the Screaming in the Cloud podcast, in a fun and wide-ranging conversation. Cory's Podcast:
Mar 29, 2020
#361: March 2020 Update Show 1
Simon and Nicki take you through all the latest updates! Chapters: 00:40 Analytics 03:52 Compute 07:15 Customer Engagement 08:43 Databases 11:10 Developer Tools 11:55 End User Computing 12:42 Machine Learning 16:52 Management and Governance 20:22 Mobile 21:11 Networking and Content Delivery 23:05 Quick Starts 23:36 Security, Identity and Compliance 24:26 Storage 26:50 Training and Certification Extended Shownotes:
Mar 22, 2020
#360: AWS Managed Service Provider Partners
How do you find the right Managed Service Provider for your business? Simon speaks with Adrian SanMiguel about how customers and Partners can make the most of the next-gen MSP ecosystem.
Mar 15, 2020
#359: A Tech CEO's Journey from Cloud Skeptic to Evangelist
How does a CEO change his or her mind about how to run their business? What are the challenges and thought processes? Rick Seaney, CEO of of 3Victors and FareCompare LP, speaks with Simon about his own personal journey and lessons learned. Blog Post:
Mar 08, 2020
#358: Update Show #2 February 2020
Simon and Nicki cover all the latest updates, improvements and price cuts! Chapters: 00:51 Announcement to Australian Customers - ANZ Public Sector Fast Start Guide ( 01:50 Analytics 04:19 Application Integration 06:41 Compute 11:36 Customer Engagement 12:54 Database 20:22 Developer Tools 21:49 End User Computing 22:48 Machine Learning 26:41 Management and Governance 33:49 Internet of Things (IoT) 34:15 Media Services 34:37 Network and Content Delivery 35:24 Quick Starts 36:25 Robotics 37:35 Satellite 38:30 Security, Identity and Compliance 41:16 Storage 45:17 Training and Certification Extended Shownotes:
Mar 01, 2020
#357: Deep Dive into Observability
How do you introduce observabiity in your systems? Simon speaks with Bob Wilkinson (General Manager Amazon CloudWatch and X-Ray) and Sudeeptha Jotjiprakash (Principal Product Manager) about how AWS customers can approach this domain.
Feb 23, 2020
#356: VPC Traffic Mirroring Deep Dive
VPC Traffic mirroring offers a wide range of new capabilities when using AWS. Simon takes a deep dive with Alpana Srivastava and Tom Adamski about how it works and what it can be used for.
Feb 16, 2020
#355: How Training Helps Create Cultural Change at Macmillan Learning
Macmillan Learning is one of the largest Learning Companies in the world. Over the last few years, Macmillan has been attempting to create systematic change throughout its organization by equipping employees with the skills to innovate faster and achieve its mission to "change students lives through learning." As a Learning Company, Macmillan has incorporated its own IP and Learning Science methodologies to empower employees. David Merryweather (VP of Cloud Ops and Site Reliability, Macmillan Learning) speaks with Simon about the Macmillan experience so far, and what they have learned.
Feb 09, 2020
#354: Update Show #1 February 2020
Simon and Nicki share some handy new updates! 00:48 Infrastructure News 01:54 AWS Marketplace 02:29 Analytics or 02:38 04:21 Compute or 04:23 10:07 Customer Engagement 10:58 Databases 11:47 Developer Tools 13:29 End-user Computing 14:45 Machine Learning 16:02 Amazon Comprehend 17:09 Management and Governance 19:08 AWS Systems Manager 21:47 Networking and Content Delivery 22:38 Internet of Things 23:05 Migration and Transfer 25:24 Mobile 26:03 Networking and Content Delivery 27:48 Quick Starts 29:39 Security, Identity and Compliance 31:30 Storage 35:21 Training and Certification 37:28 Conclusion Extended Shownotes:
Feb 02, 2020
#353: Getting the Most Out of AWS Data Exchange
AWS Data Exchange makes it easy to find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud. Simon speaks with Ravi Tulapati to explore how data providers can now reach new AWS audiences, how analysts, researchers, and other data buyers can easily find and subscribe to data sets, and how the billing and delivery of data is simplified for both groups. Learn how you can use AWS Data Exchange to fuel in-place analytics with AWS services like Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, and Amazon Redshift.
Jan 26, 2020
#352: Advanced Encryption Strategies for Beginners
Customers often have advanced use cases for encryption, like encrypting to multiple recipients, or caching data keys. These can be challenging to get right if you're trying to implement it yourself. The good news is, AWS has released open source tools that make all of that relatively easy. In this episode we'll talk about encryption use cases and the best tools to solve them.
Jan 20, 2020
#351: Update Show January 2020
Simon and Nicki bring in 2020 with a raft of great new updates and capabilities! Chapters: 03:22 Analytics 08:22 Application Integration 08:52 Business Applications 09:42 Compute 16:27 Customer Engagement 17:47 Database 20:22 Developer Tools 23:07 End User Computing 23:52 Game Tech 26:17 Internet of Things 26:52 Machine Learning 33:57 Management and Governance 38:22 Media Services 39:07 Networking and Content Delivery 41:17 Quick Starts 41:47 Satellite 42:27 Security 47:17 Storage 51:01 Training and Certification Extended shownotes:
Jan 12, 2020
#350: Deep Dive into DevSecOps
How can you implement DevSecOps effectively in your organisation? What are some of the key steps and potential pitfalls? Simon is joined by Raisa Hashem (DevOps Security Specialist) and Paul Hawkins (Security Specialist SA) to discuss practical steps you can take and lessons learned. Shownotes: Security at the speed of cloud (GRC304): Enforcing Security Invariants with AWS Organizations (SDD314): Scale Permissions Management in AWS with Attribute-Based Access Control (SDD350):
Dec 15, 2019
#349: AWS re:Invent 2019 Episode 4
Simon wraps up AWS re:Invent 2019! Amazon Builders Library | Amplify DataStore | Amplify for iOS and Android | Amazon API Gateway | EKS ARM Preview | ECS Supports AD Authentication | whats-new/2019/12/amazon-elastic-container-service-now-supports-active-directory-authentication-using-windows-group-managed-service-accounts/ Chime Meetings App for Slack | Kinesis Video Streams WebRTC Support |
Dec 05, 2019
#348: AWS re:Invent 2019 Episode 3
It is the third update show! Simon takes you through some quick updates in the domains of Compute, Data, ML and Business Productivity. AWS Lambda Provisioned Concurrency | Amazon ECS Capacity Providers | Amazon ECS Cluster Auto Scaling | AWS Fargate Spot | AWS Step Function Express Workflows | EBS Direct APIs | Amazon RDS Proxy | Advanced Query Accelerator for Redshift | Amazon Rekognition Custom Labels | Amazon Sagemaker Deep Graph Library | Deep Java Library | Amazon Chime Regions |
Dec 04, 2019
#347: AWS re:Invent 2019 Episode 2
Simon gives you a summary of all the new announcements from Andy Jassy's keynote! Topic || Analytics Announcing Amazon Redshift data lake export: share data in Apache Parquet format | Amazon Redshift introduces support for federated querying (preview) | Amazon Redshift introduces RA3 nodes with managed storage enabling independent compute and storage scaling | Ultrawarm for Amazon ElasticSearch | Topic || Compute Announcing New Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g Instances Powered by Next-Generation Arm-based AWS Graviton2 Processors | Introducing Amazon EC2 Inf1 Instances, high performance and the lowest cost machine learning inference in the cloud | Introducing AWS Compute Optimizer | Introducing AWS Local Zone in Los Angeles, CA | Announcing AWS Wavelength for delivering ultra-low latency applications for 5G | Announcing General Availability of AWS Outposts | Amazon RDS on Outposts is available in preview | Run Serverless Kubernetes Pods Using Amazon EKS and AWS Fargate | Topic || Storage Amazon S3 Access Points makes it simple to manage access at scale for applications using shared data sets on S3 | Introducing Access Analyzer for Amazon S3 to review access policies | Topic || Databases Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra | Topic || Machine Learning Amazon Sagemaker Studio | Amazon Sagemaker Debugger | Amazon Sagemaker Monitor | Amazon Sagemaker | Amazon Sagemaker Autopilot | Amazon Sagemaker Experiments | Introducing Amazon SageMaker Support for Deep Graph Library (DGL): Build and Train Graph Neural Networks | Announcing Amazon Augmented AI: Easily Implement Human Review for ML Predictions | Introducing Amazon Fraud Detector - Now in Preview | Announcing Amazon Kendra: Reinventing Enterprise Search with Machine Learning | Topic || Networking and Content Delivery AWS Transit Gateway now supports Inter-Region Peering | Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager to Centrally Monitor Your Global Network | Run IP Multicast Workloads in the Cloud Using AWS Transit Gateway | Announcing Accelerated Site-to-Site VPN for Improved VPN Performance | Amazon VPC Ingress Routing Makes it Easy to Insert Virtual Appliances in the Forwarding Path of VPC Traffic | Topic || Security, Identity and Compliance Introducing AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer | Introducing Amazon Detective | Topic || Customer Engagement Introducing Seneca for Amazon Connect | Topic || Developer Tools AWS announces Amazon CodeGuru for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations |
Dec 03, 2019
#346: AWS re:Invent 2019 Episode 1
Simon kicks off the coverage of re:Invent 2019 with some really interesting announcements in Quantum computing and more - as well as a catch-up on all the previous week's updates! Chapters: 00:12 AWS re:Invent 11:42 Analytics 17:08 Application Integration 17:46 Business Applications 18:08 Compute 21:48 Cost Management 22:09 Customer Engagement 23:00 Database 27:10 Developer Tools 28:26 End User Computing 29:24 Internet of Things 32:02 Machine Learning 34:56 Management and Governance 38:24 Media Services 38:39 Mobile 39:00 Networking and Content Delivery 40:32 Security, Identity and Compliance 42:41 Storage Extended Shownotes:
Dec 03, 2019
#345: November 2019 Update Show 2
It is a massive episode of updates this month! Simon takes you through over 200 updates. Chapters: 00:55 Storage 04:04 Compute 13:08 Network 14:39 Databases 19:43 Developer Tools 24:41 Analytics 29:08 IoT 29:47 Customer Engagement 31:16 End User Computing 33:08 Machine Learning 36:08 Application Integration 37:03 Management and Governance 46:38 Media 47:05 Security 49:34 Gaming 49:58 Training 50:11 Public Data Sets 50:31 Robotics 50:49 AWS Marketplace 51:23 Quick Starts 51:49 Satellite
Nov 28, 2019
#344: AWS Storage Day 2019
November 20th, 2019 is our first ever AWS Storage Day. Just over a week ahead of re:Invent, we are making the first round of important announcements, and all of them are related to storage. Regardless of the AWS storage services that you use, we think you’ll find something interesting and useful with the news we are about to share. We are launching significant new storage and data transfer features for: • Amazon S3 • Amazon EFS • Amazon EBS • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server • AWS DataSync • AWS Storage Gateway These launches will help improve security, increase, scalability, reduce costs, and deliver an enhanced feature set for you to utilize. Check out our blog summary chronicling all the recent AWS storage launches and make sure to check the blog throughout the day, as well as leading up to re:Invent. We will continue to add updates as new launch material becomes available.
Nov 21, 2019
#343: Pinpoint Journeys: Building the Engagement Experience Your Customers Want
Building lasting relationships with your customers is tough, though it doesn't have to be. On today's episode, Simon speaks with Product Lead Zach Barbitta and Lead Front End Engineer Austin Nevins about their new launch, Pinpoint Journeys. Pinpoint Journeys is an outbound engagement orchestration tool, designed to help product, growth, and marketing teams build lasting relationships with their customers. With Pinpoint Journeys you give independence to your non-technical teams, via the no-code required functionality of Pinpoint Journeys. To learn more and watch a short video, follow the link:
Nov 17, 2019
#342: Get Ready for AWS re:Invent 2019!
Simon speaks with Annie Hancock and Jill Fagan about how to get the most from your 2019 re:Invent experience!
Nov 14, 2019
#341: November 2019 Update Show
Simon and Nicki share a broad range of interesting updates! 00:48 Storage 01:43 Compute 05:27 Networking 16:07 Databases 12:03 Developer Tools 13:18 Analytics 19:06 IoT 20:42 Customer Engagement 21:03 End User Computing 22:31 Machine Learning 25:27 Application Integration 27:35 Management and Governance 29:17 Media 30:53 Security 32:56 Blockchain 33:14 Quick Starts 33:51 Training 36:11 Public Datasets 37:12 Robotics Shownotes: Topic || Storage AWS Snowball Edge now supports offline software updates for Snowball Edge devices in air-gapped environments | Topic || Compute Now Available: Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with up to 24 TB of memory, Purpose-built to Run Large In-memory Databases, like SAP HANA | Introducing Availability of Amazon EC2 A1 Bare Metal Instances | Windows Nodes Supported by Amazon EKS | Amazon ECS now Supports ECS Image SHA Tracking | AWS Serverless Application Model feature support updates for Amazon API Gateway and more | Queuing Purchases of EC2 RIs | Topic || Network AWS Direct Connect Announces the Support for Granular Cost Allocation and Removal of Payer ID Restriction for Direct Connect Gateway Association. | AWS Direct Connect Announces Resiliency Toolkit to Help Customers Order Resilient Connectivity to AWS | Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | Application Load Balancer and Network Load Balancer Add New Security Policies for Forward Secrecy with More Stringent Protocols and Ciphers | Topic || Databases Amazon RDS on VMware is now generally available | Amazon RDS Enables Detailed Backup Storage Billing | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports Minor Version 11.5, 10.10, 9.6.15, 9.5.19, 9.4.24, adds Transportable Database Feature | Amazon ElastiCache launches self-service updates for Memcached and Redis Cache Clusters | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds additional Aggregation Pipeline Capabilities including $lookup | Amazon Neptune now supports Streams to capture graph data changes | Amazon Neptune now supports SPARQL 1.1 federated query | Topic || Developer Tools AWS CodePipeline Enables Setting Environment Variables on AWS CodeBuild Build Jobs | AWS CodePipeline Adds Execution Visualization to Pipeline Execution History | Topic || Analytics Amazon Redshift introduces AZ64, a new compression encoding for optimized storage and high query performance | Amazon Redshift Improves Performance of Inter-Region Snapshot Transfers | Amazon Elasticsearch Service provides option to mandate HTTPS | Amazon Athena now provides an interface VPC endpoint | Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose adds cross-account delivery to Amazon Elasticsearch Service | Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose adds support for data stream delivery to Amazon Elasticsearch Service 7.x clusters | Amazon QuickSight announces Data Source Sharing, Table Transpose, New Filtering and Analytical Capabilities | AWS Glue now provides ability to use custom certificates for JDBC Connections | You can now expand your Amazon MSK clusters and deploy new clusters across 2-AZs | Amazon EMR Adds Support for Spark 2.4.4, Flink 1.8.1, and the Ability to Reconfigure Multiple Master Nodes | Topic || IoT Two New Solution Accelerators for AWS IoT Greengrass Machine Learning Inference and Extract, Transform, Load Functions | AWS IoT Core Adds the Ability to Retrieve Data from DynamoDB using Rule SQL | PSoC 62 Prototyping Kit is now qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS | Topic || Customer Engagement Amazon Pinpoint Adds Support for Message Templates | Topic || End User Computing Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for 4K Ultra HD resolution on 2 monitors and 2K resolution on 4 monitors | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports FIPS 140-2 Compliant Endpoints | Amazon Chime now supports screen sharing from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without a plug-in or extension | Topic || Machine Learning Amazon Translate now adds support for seven new languages - Greek, Romanian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Urdu | Introducing Amazon SageMaker ml.p3dn.24xlarge instances, optimized for distributed machine learning with up to 4x the network bandwidth of ml.p3.16xlarge instances | SageMaker Notebooks now support diffing | Amazon Lex Adds Support for Checkpoints in Session APIs | Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Adds Built-in Workflows for the Verification and Adjustment of Data Labels | AWS Chatbot Now Supports Notifications from AWS Config | AWS Deep Learning Containers now support PyTorch | Topic || Application Integration AWS Step Functions expands Amazon SageMaker service integration | Amazon EventBridge now supports AWS CloudFormation | Amazon API Gateway now supports access logging to Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose | Topic || Management and Governance AWS Backup Enhances SNS Notifications to filter on job status | AWS Managed Services Console now supports search and usage-based filtering to improve change type discovery | AWS Console Mobile Application Launches Federated Login for iOS | Topic || Media Announcing New AWS Elemental MediaConvert Features for Accelerated Transcoding, DASH, and AVC Video Quality | Topic || Security Amazon Cognito Increases CloudFormation Support | Amazon Inspector adds CIS Benchmark support for Windows 2016 | AWS Firewall Manager now supports management of Amazon VPC security groups | Amazon GuardDuty Adds Three New Threat Detections | Topic || Block Chain New Quick Start deploys Amazon Managed Blockchain | Topic || AWS Quick Starts New Quick Start deploys TIBCO JasperReports Server on AWS | Topic || Training New Training Courses Teach New APN Partners to Better Help Their Customers | New Courses Available to Help You Grow and Accelerate Your AWS Cloud Skills | New Digital Course on Coursera - AWS Fundamentals: Migrating to the Cloud | Topic || Public Data Sets New AWS Public Datasets Available from Audi, MIT, Allen Institute for Cell Science, Finnish Meteorological Institute, and others | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker introduces support for Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) in beta release |
Nov 10, 2019
#340: Getting the Most From the AWS Partner Network
Simon sits down with Adrian De Luca (Head of Partner Solution Architecture, Asia Pacific, AWS) and Mark Promnitz (CTO, ITOC) to discuss how to get the most out of the AWS Partner Network. Solutions Finder: AWS Partner Network: ITOC:
Nov 03, 2019
#339: Batch Workloads on Amazon EC2 Spot Instances
Did you know that you can combine Batch and Spot for up to 90% cost savings? Simon speaks with Chad Schmutzer about how you can make the most of it!
Oct 27, 2019
#338: AWS Hybrid Cloud Storage
What are your choices when it comes to storage in a Hybrid world? Simon speaks with Chris Rogers about the considerations that customers should make and how to get the best out of their storage options. AWS Hybrid Cloud Storage: AWS Storage Gateway: AWS DataSync: Blog: Migrating hundreds of TB of data to Amazon S3 with AWS DataSync: AWS SFTP: AWS Snow Family:
Oct 20, 2019
#337: [Provable Security Podcast Series Episode #2]: Automated Reasoning in the Cloud with John Harrison
In this latest episode, we interview John Harrison, Senior Principal Applied Scientist with the AWS Automated Reasoning Group. John describes his experience helping to shape innovative applications of automated reasoning to pressing technology challenges. He talks about his time at Intel, how he transitioned from a research scientist to technology product teams, automated reasoning techniques that he has used in his career and at AWS, his theorem prover called HOL Light and his 702 page book, Handbook of Practical Logic and Automated Reasoning. Byron Cook, Director of the AWS Automated Reasoning Group, interviews John and will be featured throughout the miniseries. Byron is leading the provable security initiative at AWS, which is a collection of technologies that provide higher security assurance to customers by giving them a deeper understanding of their cloud architecture.
Oct 16, 2019
#336: .NET and AWS - Better Together!
Did you know .NET users have great support and tooling on AWS? Simon speaks with Steve Roberts about how you can make the best of .NET and AWS together. .NET on AWS homepage Open Source .NET tools Setting up the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio AWS SDK for .NET Developer Guide AWS .NET Developer Blog
Oct 13, 2019
#335: October 2019 Update Show 1
Simon and Nicki take you through the latest and greatest updates! And remember that AWS Podcast listeners get access to a $25 discount tickets to the Intersect festival using the discount code 'awspodcast'. Note that tickets are limited. Topics: 01:14 Storage 03:21 Compute 10:04 Networking 11:37 Databases 15:27 Developer Tools 15:46 Analytics 19:46 IoT 23:45 Machine Learning 25:54 Application Integration 28:44 Management and Governance 31:43 Media 33:39 Gaming 34:13 Quick Starts 35:17 Marketplace
Oct 06, 2019
#334: What Does AWS Professional Services do for Customers?
Simon speaks with Girish Nesaratnam (AWS Professional Services) to learn more about how customers use AWS Professional Services, and what it is like to work for that team. How ProServe helped Woodside develop the Intelligent Asset: Fusing IoT, Robotics, and AI to create an immersive experience where operators can move through the facility remotely in real-time or back in time. They can see and hear the environment, with advanced analytics providing the continuous insights only to those things that are important or require attention. NAB Transitions to the Cloud with AWS Professional Services: National Australia Bank engaged AWS Professional Services and Partners to help the bank migrate 30 applications in 50 days. A major element is a mass migration of applications to cloud to help unlock the cost, risk and agility benefits, and enable their teams to deliver better customer outcomes. Apply for a role with AWS Professional Services: Amazon Web Services is passionate about creating technologies and services that help customers succeed. Our global Professional Services team delivers high-touch assistance to guide enterprise customers as they shift to a cloud-based operating model and incorporate AWS services into their overall architecture. We work hand-in-hand with customer teams and AWS partners to provide deep expertise in the architecture, design, development and implementation of cloud computing initiatives that result in real business outcomes.
Sep 29, 2019
#333: Live with Jeff Barr at AWS Community Day Melbourne
Simon and Jeff get together face-to-face to discuss a new capability of the AWS Global Accelerator, AWS Community day and lots of other things! This was recorded "on the move" so apologies for the less-than-optimal audio.
Sep 22, 2019
#332: September 2019 Update Episode 1
Join Simon and Nicki on a journey through updates large and small! And remember, Podcast listeners can get access to a $25 discount on tickets for AWS Intersect: (tickets are limited!) Chapters: 00:38 Storage 03:37 Compute 08:55 Network 10:52 Databases 14:31 Developer Tools 15:14 Analytics 17:31 IoT 19:11 End User Computing 20:23 Machine Learning 27:46 Management and Governance 30:41 Customer Engagement 31:32 Security 33:07 Training and Certification 34:19 AWS Quick Start 34:59 Robotics
Sep 15, 2019
#331: Behind the Scenes at AWS Public Sector Summit Canberra
Have you ever wondered about what happens at an AWS Summit? What about the things that happen behind the scenes? Simon takes you on a potted tour of the recent AWS Public Sector Summit in Canberra.
Sep 08, 2019
#330: Getting More for Less with Amazon EC2 Spot
Amazon EC2 Spot has always been a great way for customers to get more compute for their dollar. It is now even easier to use, and integrated into more services! Simon speaks with Chad Schmutzer (Principal Developer Advocate, AWS) about how to get the most out of Spot today.
Sep 01, 2019
#329: Choosing a Database Platform
It is 2019 and there are 329 different databases being tracked by - how do you know which one to use for which problems? Simon speaks with Randall Hunt to explore the basics of modern database types and specific implementations. AWS Databases: Advanced Design Patterns for Amazon DynamoDB:
Aug 25, 2019
#328: August 2019 Update Show #1
It is a MASSIVE episode of updates that Simon and Nikki do their best to cover! There is also an EXTRA SPECIAL bonus just for AWS Podcast listeners! Special Discount for Intersect Tickets: use discount code 'podcast' - note that tickets are limited! Chapters: 02:19 Infrastructure 03:07 Storage 05:34 Compute 13:47 Network 14:54 Databases 17:45 Migration 18:36 Developer Tools 21:39 Analytics 29:25 IoT 33:24 End User Computing 34:08 Machine Learning 40:21 AR and VR 41:11 Application Integration 43:57 Management and Governance 48:04 Customer Engagement 49:13 Media 50:17 Mobile 50:36 Security 51:26 Gaming 51:39 Robotics 52:13 Training Shownotes: Special Discount for Intersect Tickets: use discount code 'podcast' - note that tickets are limited! Topic || Infrastructure Announcing the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region | Topic || Storage EBS default volume type updated to GP2 | AWS Backup will Automatically Copy Tags from Resource to Recovery Point | Configuration update for Amazon EFS encryption of data in transit | AWS Snowball and Snowball Edge available in Seoul – Amazon Web Services | Amazon S3 adds support for percentiles on Amazon CloudWatch Metrics | Amazon FSx Now Supports Windows Shadow Copies for Restoring Files to Previous Versions | Amazon CloudFront Announces Support for Resource-Level and Tag-Based Permissions | Topic || Compute Amazon EC2 AMD Instances are Now Available in additional regions | Amazon EC2 P3 Instances Featuring NVIDIA Volta V100 GPUs now Support NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation | Introducing Amazon EC2 I3en and C5n Bare Metal Instances | Amazon EC2 C5 New Instance Sizes are Now Available in Additional Regions | Amazon EC2 Spot Now Available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) | Amazon EC2 Now Supports Tagging Launch Templates on Creation | Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations Can Now Be Shared Across Multiple AWS Accounts | Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Lets You Modify On-Demand Target Capacity | Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Lets You Set A Maximum Price For A Fleet Of Instances | Amazon EC2 Hibernation Now Available on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS | Amazon ECS services now support multiple load balancer target groups | Amazon ECS Console now enables simplified AWS App Mesh integration | Amazon ECR now supports increased repository and image limits | Amazon ECR Now Supports Immutable Image Tags | Amazon Linux 2 Extras now provides AWS-optimized versions of new Linux Kernels | Lambda@Edge Adds Support for Python 3.7 | AWS Batch Now Supports the Elastic Fabric Adapter | Topic || Network Elastic Fabric Adapter is officially integrated into Libfabric Library | Now Launch AWS Glue, Amazon EMR, and AWS Aurora Serverless Clusters in Shared VPCs | AWS DataSync now supports Amazon VPC endpoints | AWS Direct Connect Now Supports Resource Based Authorization, Tag Based Authorization, and Tag on Resource Creation | Topic || Databases Amazon Aurora Multi-Master is Now Generally Available | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Adds Aggregation Pipeline and Diagnostics Capabilities | Amazon DynamoDB now helps you monitor as you approach your account limits | Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports new instance sizes | Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Management Agent (OMA) version 13.3 for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c | Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports July 2019 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU) | Amazon RDS SQL Server now supports changing the server-level collation | PostgreSQL 12 Beta 2 Now Available in Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Publishing PostgreSQL Log Files to Amazon CloudWatch Logs | Amazon Redshift Launches Concurrency Scaling in Five additional AWS Regions, and Enhances Console Performance Graphs in all supported AWS Regions | whats-new/2019/08/amazon-redshift-launches-concurrency-scaling-five-additional-regions-enhances-console-performance-graphs/ Amazon Redshift now supports column level access control with AWS Lake Formation | Topic || Migration AWS Migration Hub Now Supports Import of On-Premises Server and Application Data From RISC Networks to Plan and Track Migration Progress | Topic || Developer Tools AWS CodePipeline Achieves HIPAA Eligibility | AWS CodePipeline Adds Pipeline Status to Pipeline Listing | AWS Amplify Console adds support for automatically deploying branches that match a specific pattern | Amplify Framework Adds Predictions Category | Amplify Framework adds local mocking and testing for GraphQL APIs, Storage, Functions, and Hosting | Topic || Analytics AWS Lake Formation is now generally available | Announcing PartiQL: One query language for all your data | AWS Glue now supports the ability to run ETL jobs on Apache Spark 2.4.3 (with Python 3) | AWS Glue now supports additional configuration options for memory-intensive jobs submitted through development endpoints | AWS Glue now provides the ability to bookmark Parquet and ORC files using Glue ETL jobs | AWS Glue now provides FindMatches ML transform to deduplicate and find matching records in your dataset | Amazon QuickSight adds support for custom colors, embedding for all user types and new regions! | Achieve 3x better Spark performance with EMR 5.25.0 | Amazon EMR now supports native EBS encryption | Amazon Athena adds Support for AWS Lake Formation Enabling Fine-Grained Access Control on Databases, Tables, and Columns | Amazon EMR Integration With AWS Lake Formation Is Now In Beta, Supporting Database, Table, and Column-level access controls for Apache Spark | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Device Defender Expands Globally | AWS IoT Device Defender Supports Mitigation Actions for Audit Results | AWS IoT Device Tester v1.3.0 is Now Available for Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00 Major | AWS IoT Events actions now support AWS Lambda, SQS, Kinesis Firehose, and IoT Events as targets | AWS IoT Events now supports AWS CloudFormation | Topic || End User Computing AWS Client VPN now adds support for Split-tunnel | Introducing AWS Chatbot (beta): ChatOps for AWS in Amazon Chime and Slack Chat Rooms | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Adds CLI Operations for Programmatic Image Creation | NICE DCV Releases Version 2019.0 with Multi-Monitor Support on Web Client | New End User Computing Competency Solutions | Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service | Topic || Machine Learning SageMaker Batch Transform now enables associating prediction results with input attributes | Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Adds Data Labeling Workflow for Named Entity Recognition | Amazon SageMaker notebooks now available with pre-installed R kernel | New Model Tracking Capabilities for Amazon SageMaker Are Now Generally Available | Amazon Comprehend Custom Entities now supports multiple entity types | Introducing Predictive Maintenance Using Machine Learning | Amazon Transcribe Streaming Now Supports WebSocket | Amazon Polly Launches Neural Text-to-Speech and Newscaster Voices | Manage a Lex session using APIs on the client | Amazon Rekognition now detects violence, weapons, and self-injury in images and videos; improves accuracy for nudity detection | Topic || AR and VR Amazon Sumerian Now Supports Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) | Topic || Application Integration Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for Attribute Key Matching | Amazon SNS Adds Support for AWS X-Ray | Temporary Queue Client Now Available for Amazon SQS | Amazon MQ Adds Support for AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), Improving Encryption Capabilities | Amazon MSK adds support for Apache Kafka version 2.2.1 and expands availability to EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Asia Pacific (Seoul) | Amazon API Gateway supports secured connectivity between REST APIs & Amazon Virtual Private Clouds in additional regions | Topic || Management and Governance AWS Cost Explorer now Supports Usage-Based Forecasts | Introducing Amazon EC2 Resource Optimization Recommendations | AWS Budgets Announces AWS Chatbot Integration | Discovering Documents Made Easy in AWS Systems Manager Automation | AWS Systems Manager Distributor makes it easier to create distributable software packages | Now use AWS Systems Manager Maintenance Windows to select resource groups as targets | Use AWS Systems Manager to resolve operational issues with your .NET and Microsoft SQL Server Applications | CloudWatch Logs Insights adds cross log group querying | AWS CloudFormation now supports higher StackSets limits | Topic || Customer Engagement Introducing AI-Driven Social Media Dashboard | New Amazon Connect integration for ChoiceView from Radish Systems on AWS | Amazon Pinpoint Adds Campaign and Application Metrics APIs | Topic || Media AWS Elemental Appliances and Software Now Available in the AWS Management Console | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Expands Audio Support and Improves Performance | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds Ability to Prioritize Transcoding Jobs | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Simplifies Editing and Sharing of Settings | AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports Resource Tagging | AWS Elemental MediaLive Enhances Support for File-Based Inputs for Live Channels | Topic || Mobile AWS Device Farm improves device start up time to enable instant access to devices | Topic || Security Introducing the Amazon Corretto Crypto Provider (ACCP) for Improved Cryptography Performance | AWS Secrets Manager now supports VPC endpoint policies | Topic || Gaming Lumberyard Beta 1.20 Now Available | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker now supports offline logs and metrics for the AWS RoboMaker CloudWatch cloud extension | Topic || Training New AWS Certification Exam Vouchers Make Certifying Groups Easier | Announcing New Resources and Website to Accelerate Your Cloud Adoption | AWS Developer Series Relaunched on edX |
Aug 18, 2019
#327: Using Amazon S3 Event Notifications
Do you have file-based workflows? Lots of events to handle? Amazon S3 Event Notifications might just fit the bill! Plus a bonus chat about S3 Security and object retention! Amazon S3 Event Notifications:
Aug 11, 2019
#326: A chat with Adrian Cockcroft
Adrian Cockcroft (VP Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS) joins Simon for a wide-ranging discussion about chaos in architectures, the requirements of Financial organisations, the use of the cloud in Formula One racing and Amazon's Open Source activities.
Aug 04, 2019
#325: A Look at AWS Ground Station
With the GA of AWS Ground Station, customers have new capabilities to interact with satellite data. Simon takes a look at how to get started, and what you can do with this new capability. Jeff Barr's Blog Post:
Jul 28, 2019
#324: [AWS Enterprise Stories #2]: Bringing Autonomous Driving, Connected Vehicles, and Smart Cities Together
Connectivity, Autonomy, and Sharing are changing the way people access transportation and transforming the automotive industry. Ford has been a pioneer in this new mobility, setting forth a vision where transportation and cities are seamlessly interconnected and customers have on-demand access to a variety of safe, reliable transportation options. Leading this transformation is Marcy Klevorn. In this episode, we talk to Marcy about how she has accelerated Ford's transformation, using cloud technologies, agile teams, partnerships and acquisitions to to evolve Ford from a manufacturing company to a mobility company. AWS Speaker: Head of Global Automotive, AWS Featured Customer: *Marcy Klevorn Chief Innovation Officer, Mobility, Ford Motor Company
Jul 24, 2019
#323: July 2019 Update
Simon and Nicki share a bumper-crop of interesting, useful and cool new services and features for AWS customers! Chapter Timings 00:01:17 Storage 00:03:15 Compute 00:07:13 Network 00:10:27 Databases 00:16:04 Migration 00:17:43 Developer Tools 00:22:47 Analytics 00:27:07 IoT 00:28:14 End User Computing 00:29:25 Machine Learning 00:30:49 Application Integration 00:34:18 Management and Governance 00:41:42 Customer Engagement 00:42:47 Media 00:44:03 Security 00:46:26 Gaming 00:47:54 AWS Marketplace 00:49:07 Robotics Shownotes Topic || Storage Optimize Cost with Amazon EFS Infrequent Access Lifecycle Management | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Enables You to Use File Systems Directly With Your Organization’s Self-Managed Active Directory | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now enables you to use a single AWS Managed AD with file systems across VPCs or accounts | AWS Storage Gateway now supports Amazon VPC endpoints with AWS PrivateLink | File Gateway adds encryption & signing options for SMB clients – Amazon Web Services | New AWS Public Datasets Available from Facebook, Yale, Allen Institute for Brain Science, NOAA, and others | Topic || Compute Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect | Introducing New Instances Sizes for Amazon EC2 M5 and R5 Instances | Introducing New Instance Sizes for Amazon EC2 C5 Instances | Amazon ECS now supports additional resource-level permissions and tag-based access controls | Amazon ECS now offers improved capabilities for local testing | AWS Container Services launches AWS For Fluent Bit | Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.13, ECR PrivateLink, and Kubernetes Pod Security Policies | AWS VPC CNI Version 1.5.0 Now Default for Amazon EKS Clusters | Announcing Enhanced Lambda@Edge Monitoring within the Amazon CloudFront Console | AWS Lambda Console shows recent invocations using CloudWatch Logs Insights | AWS Thinkbox Deadline with Resource Tracker | Topic || Network Network Load Balancer Now Supports UDP Protocol | Announcing Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring for Amazon EC2 Instances | AWS ParallelCluster now supports Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) | AWS Direct Connect launches first location in Italy | Amazon CloudFront announces seven new Edge locations in North America, Europe, and Australia | Now Add Endpoint Policies to Interface Endpoints for AWS Services | Topic || Databases Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Serverless | Amazon RDS now supports Storage Auto Scaling | Amazon RDS Introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0 | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 11.4, 10.9, 9.6.14, 9.5.18, and 9.4.23 | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Cluster Cache Management | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Data Import from Amazon S3 | Amazon Aurora Supports Cloning Across AWS Accounts | Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports z1d instance types | Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1 | Amazon ElastiCache launches reader endpoints for Redis | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Now Supports Stopping and Starting Clusters | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Now Provides Cluster Deletion Protection | You can now publish Amazon Neptune Audit Logs to Cloudwatch | Amazon DynamoDB now supports deleting a global secondary index before it finishes building | Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 25 unique items and 4 MB of data per transactional request | Topic || Migration CloudEndure Migration is now available at no charge | New AWS ISV Workload Migration Program | AWS Migration Hub Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles | Topic || Developer Tools The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code is Now Generally Available | The AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) is Now Generally Available | AWS CodeCommit Supports Two Additional Merge Strategies and Merge Conflict Resolution | AWS CodeCommit Now Supports Resource Tagging | AWS CodeBuild adds Support for Polyglot Builds | AWS Amplify Console Updates Build image with SAM CLI and Custom Container Support | AWS Amplify Console announces Manual Deploys for Static Web Hosting | Amplify Framework now Supports Adding AWS Lambda Triggers for events in Auth and Storage categories | AWS Amplify Console now supports AWS CloudFormation | AWS CloudFormation updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon EFS, Amazon S3 and more | Topic || Analytics Amazon QuickSight launches multi-sheet dashboards, new visual types and more | Amazon QuickSight now supports fine-grained access control over Amazon S3 and Amazon Athena! | Announcing EMR Release 5.24.0: With performance improvements in Spark, new versions of Flink, Presto, and Hue, and enhanced CloudFormation support for EMR Instance Fleets | AWS Glue now provides workflows to orchestrate your ETL workloads | Amazon Elasticsearch Service increases data protection with automated hourly snapshots at no extra charge | Amazon MSK is Now Integrated with AWS CloudFormation and Terraform | Kinesis Video Streams adds support for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) and H.265 video | Announcing the availability of Amazon Kinesis Video Producer SDK in C | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Expands Globally | Bluetooth Low Energy Support and New MQTT Library Now Generally Available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00 Major | AWS IoT Greengrass 1.9.2 With Support for OpenWrt and AWS IoT Device Tester is Now Available | Topic || End User Computing Amazon Chime Achieves HIPAA Eligibility | Amazon WorkSpaces now supports copying Images across AWS Regions | Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 | AWS Client VPN now includes support for AWS CloudFormation | Topic || Machine Learning Amazon Comprehend Medical is now Available in Sydney, London, and Canada | Amazon Personalize Now Generally Available | New in AWS Deep Learning Containers: Support for Amazon SageMaker and MXNet 1.4.1 with CUDA 10.0 | Topic || Application Integration Introducing Amazon EventBridge | AWS App Mesh Service Discovery with AWS Cloud Map generally available. | Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Tag-Based Access Control and Tags on WebSocket APIs | Amazon API Gateway Adds Configurable Transport Layer Security Version for Custom Domains | Topic || Management and Governance Introducing AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter to enable faster issue resolution | Introducing Service Quotas: View and manage your quotas for AWS services from one central location | Introducing AWS Budgets Reports | Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection – Now in Preview | Amazon CloudWatch Launches Dynamic Labels on Dashboards | Amazon CloudWatch Adds Visibility for your .NET and SQL Server Application Health | Amazon CloudWatch Events Now Supports Amazon CloudWatch Logs as a Target and Tagging of CloudWatch Events Rules | Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate - Now in Preview | AWS Config now enables you to provision AWS Config rules across all AWS accounts in your organization | Session Manager launches Run As to start interactive sessions with your own operating system user account | Session Manager launches tunneling support for SSH and SCP | Use IAM access advisor with AWS Organizations to set permission guardrails confidently | AWS Resource Groups is Now SOC Compliant | Topic || Customer Engagement Introducing AI Powered Speech Analytics for Amazon Connect | Amazon Connect Launches Contact Flow Versioning | Topic || Media AWS Elemental MediaConnect Now Supports SPEKE for Conditional Access | AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Ingests Files from HTTPS Sources | Topic || Security AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority now supports root CA hierarchies | AWS Control Tower is now generally available | AWS Security Hub is now generally available | AWS Single Sign-On now makes it easy to access more business applications including Asana and Jamf | Topic || Gaming Large Match Support for Amazon GameLift Now Available | New Dynamic Vegetation System in Lumberyard Beta 1.19 – Available Now | Topic || AWS Marketplace AWS Marketplace now integrates with your procurement systems | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker announces support for Robot Operating System (ROS) Melodic |
Jul 21, 2019
#322: [AWS Enterprise Stories #1]: Enabling Enterprise Transformation Through Culture and Skills
In discussions with our global customers, we continually hear about the skills required to adopt AWS at scale, especially when transforming a workforce, and the gaps in those skill-sets. In this discussion, we will talk to Klaus Salchner who is the VP of engineering at Realtor.Com about his approach to engineering in silicon valley, building a center of excellence, and the importance of having a strong cultural backdrop to utilize when bringing new engineering talent into an organization. Featured Amazon Speaker: *Chris Rasmussen Global Accounts Skills Enablement Lead at AWS Featured Guest: *Klaus Salchner VP Engineering at (
Jul 17, 2019
#321: Understanding the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM)
Do you want to deploy Serverless applications faster, easier and more reliably? The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) might just fit the bill! Simon speaks with Gerardo Estaba (Senior Partner Solutions Architect, AWS) about how to get started and how to get the best from it. Main page: Developer Guide: SAM’s repo with examples: SAM CLI’s repo: AWS Serverless Application Repository: This is My Architecture - Macquarie Bank: Securing Payment Websites at the Edge Serverlessly:
Jul 14, 2019
#320: Private Equity and the Cloud
Simon speaks with Jim Milbery (Partner at ParkerGale) and Alan Williamson (Partner at Macloran Group) about Private Equity, what PE funds look for when acquiring software companies and how the cloud matters in this context. They are also host their own podcast called the PE Funcast.
Jul 07, 2019
#319: Live at AWS Sydney Summit - Riffing on Tech With Glenn Gore
Recorded in front of a live audience at AWS Sydney Summit. Simon and Glenn discuss what works and what doesn’t in terms of architectures and team structures. How to keep your skills up-to-date and answer some questions from the audience.
Jun 30, 2019
#318: Business Leadership in the Digital Age with Mark Schwartz
Simon speaks with Mark Shwartz (Enterprise Strategist - AWS) about his latest book, and how the relationship between IT and non-IT leaders is changing. n the war for business supremacy, Schwartz shows we must throw out the old management models and stereotypes that pit suits against nerds. Instead, business leaders of today can foster a space of collaboration and shared mission, a space that puts technologists and business people on the same team. Get Mark's latest book here:
Jun 23, 2019
#317: June 2019 Update Show
Simon shares a huge selection of updates and new things! Chapter Marks: 00:00:19 Satellites 00:01:12 Storage 00:03:01 Compute 00:05:35 Databases 00:09:17 Developer Tools 00:10:32 Analytics 00:12:28 IoT 00:14:06 End User Computing 00:15:03 Machine Learning 00:16:22 Robotics 00:16:46 Application Integration 00:17:42 Management and Governance 00:20:49 Customer Engagement 00:21:24 Security 00:22:10 Training and Certification 00:22:36 Quick Starts 00:23:04 AWS Marketplace Shownotes Topic || Satellite Announcing General Availability of AWS Ground Station | Topic || Storage You can now encrypt new EBS volumes in your account in a region with a single setting | AWS Backup Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | AWS DataSync Now Supports EFS-to-EFS Transfer | AWS DataSync adds filtering for data transfers – Amazon Web Services | AWS DataSync is now SOC compliant | Topic || Compute Amazon EC2 announces Host Recovery | Enable EC2 Hibernation Without Specifying Encryption Intent at Every Instance Launch | AWS Step Functions Adds Support for Callback Patterns in Workflows | whats-new/2019/05/aws-step-functions-support-callback-patterns/ Amazon ECS Support for Windows Server 2019 Containers is Generally Available | Amazon ECS Improves ENI Density Limits for awsvpc Networking Mode | Serverless Image Handler Now Leverages Sharp and Provides Smart Cropping with Amazon Rekognition | Topic || Databases Amazon Aurora Serverless MySQL 5.6 Now Supports Data API | Amazon RDS Recommendations Provide Best Practice Guidance for Amazon Aurora | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.7 | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Database Activity Streams For Real-time Monitoring | Amazon RDS for SQL Server Increases the Database Limit Per Database Instance up to 100 | Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Always On Availability Groups for SQL Server 2017 | Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports Multi-File Native Restores | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is now SOC 1, 2, and 3 compliant | Amazon DynamoDB adaptive capacity is now instant | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis improves cluster availability during planned maintenance | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis launches self-service updates | Topic || Developer Tools Amplify Framework Adds Support for AWS Lambda Functions and Amazon DynamoDB Custom Indexes in GraphQL Schemas | AWS CodeCommit Now Supports Including Application Code When Creating a Repository with AWS CloudFormation | Topic || Analytics Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now Generally Available | Amazon Elasticsearch Service Is Now SOC Compliant | Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.7 | AWS Glue now provides an VPC interface endpoint | AWS Glue supports scripts that are compatible with Python 3.6 in Python shell jobs | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Things Graph Now Generally Available | AWS IoT Events is now generally available | AWS IoT Device Tester v1.2 is Now Available for Amazon FreeRTOS v1.4.8 | AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Channel and Data Stores in Your Own Amazon S3 Buckets | Topic || End User Computing Announcing Amazon WorkLink support for Additional Website Authorization Providers | Amazon AppStream 2.0 launches three self-guided workshops to build online trials and SaaS solutions – Amazon Web Services | Amazon Chime Voice Connector now supports United States Toll-Free Numbers | Topic || Machine Learning Introducing Fraud Detection Using Machine Learning | Amazon Textract - Now Generally Available | Amazon Transcribe now supports speech-to-text in Modern Standard Arabic | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker now supports over-the-air deployment job cancellation | Topic || Application Integration Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Tag-Based Access Control and Tags on Additional Resources | Amazon API Gateway Now Supports VPC Endpoint Policies | Topic || Management and Governance Introducing AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter to enable faster issue resolution | AWS Budgets now Supports Variable Budget Targets for Monthly and Quarterly Cost and Usage Budgets | CloudWatch Logs adds support for percentiles in metric filters | Announcing Tag-Based Access Control for AWS CloudFormation | AWS Organizations Now Supports Tagging and Untagging of AWS Accounts | AWS Well-Architected Tool Now Supports 8x More Text in the Notes Field | Topic || Customer Engagement Amazon Pinpoint now includes support for AWS CloudFormation | Amazon Connect Adds Additional Telephony Metadata | Amazon Connect Decreases US Telephony Pricing by 26% in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions | Topic || Security Amazon GuardDuty is Now SOC Compliant | AWS Encryption SDK for C is now available | Amazon Inspector adds CIS Benchmark support for Amazon Linux 2 | Topic || Training and Certification Announcing New and Updated Exam Readiness Courses for AWS Certifications | Topic || Quick Starts New Quick Start deploys a modular architecture for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL | Topic || AWS Marketplace AWS Marketplace enables long term contracts for AMI products |
Jun 16, 2019
#316: Exploring AWS Lake Formation
Simon speaks with Prajakta Damle (Principal Product Manager, AWS) about AWS Lake Formation. AWS Lake Formation is a service that makes it easy to set up a secure data lake in days. They discuss why it was created and what customers can use it for.
Jun 09, 2019
#315: Dance Like No One Is Watching, Encrypt Like Everyone Is
Simon speaks with Paul Hawkins, Security Specialist Solutions Architect at AWS about the ways customers can quickly and easily make their environment more secure. AWS re:Invent 2018: Data Protection: Encryption, Availability, Resiliency, & Durability (SEC325-R1) KMS Whitepaper: KMS Best Practices: AWS re:Invent 2018: Leadership Session: AWS Security (SEC305-L) Steve Schmidt
Jun 02, 2019
#314: May 2019 Update Show 2
Simon hosts an update show with lots of great new features and capabilities! Chapters: Developer Tools 0:26 Storage 3:02 Compute 5:10 Database 10:31 Networking 13:41 Analytics 16:38 IoT 18:23 End User Computing 20:19 Machine Learning 21:12 Application Integration 24:02 Management and Governance 24:23 Migration 26:05 Security 26:56 Training and Certification 29:57 Blockchain 30:27 Quickstarts 31:06 Shownotes: Topic || Developer Tools Announcing AWS X-Ray Analytics – An Interactive approach to Trace Analysis | Quickly Search for Resources across Services in the AWS Developer Tools Console | AWS Amplify Console adds support for Incoming Webhooks | AWS Amplify launches an online community for fullstack serverless app developers | AWS AppSync Now Enables More Visibility into Performance and Health of GraphQL Operations | AWS AppSync Now Supports Configuring Multiple Authorization Types for GraphQL APIs | Topic || Storage Amazon S3 Introduces S3 Batch Operations for Object Management | AWS Snowball Edge adds block storage – Amazon Web Services | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Adds Support for File System Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch | AWS Storage Gateway enhances access control for SMB shares to store and access objects in Amazon S3 buckets | Topic || Compute AWS Lambda adds support for Node.js v10 | AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) supports IAM permissions and custom responses for Amazon API Gateway | AWS Step Functions Adds Support for Workflow Execution Events | Amazon EC2 I3en instances, offering up to 60 TB of NVMe SSD instance storage, are now generally available | Now Create Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations Through AWS CloudFormation | Share encrypted AMIs across accounts to launch instances in a single step | Launch encrypted EBS backed EC2 instances from unencrypted AMIs in a single step | Amazon EKS Releases Deep Learning Benchmarking Utility | Amazon EKS Adds Support for Public IP Addresses Within Cluster VPCs | Amazon EKS Simplifies Kubernetes Cluster Authentication | Amazon ECS Console support for ECS-optimized Amazon Linux 2 AMI and Amazon EC2 A1 instance family now available | AWS Fargate PV1.3 now supports the Splunk log driver | Topic || Databases Amazon Aurora Serverless Supports Capacity of 1 Unit and a New Scaling Option | Aurora Global Database Expands Availability to 14 AWS Regions | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports per-second billing | Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon Aurora MySQL 5.7 | Performance Insights Supports Counter Metrics on Amazon RDS for Oracle | Performance Insights Supports Amazon Aurora Global Database | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for Redis 5.0.4 | Amazon RDS for MySQL Supports Password Validation | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 11.2, 10.7, 9.6.12, 9.5.16, and 9.4.21 | Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports April Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU) | Topic || Networking Elastic Fabric Adapter Is Now Generally Available | Migrate Your AWS Site-to-Site VPN Connections from a Virtual Private Gateway to an AWS Transit Gateway | Announcing AWS Direct Connect Support for AWS Transit Gateway | Amazon CloudFront announces 11 new Edge locations in India, Japan, and the United States | Amazon VPC Endpoints Now Support Tagging for Gateway Endpoints, Interface Endpoints, and Endpoint Services | Topic || Analytics Amazon EMR announces Support for Multiple Master nodes to enable High Availability for EMR applications | Amazon EMR now supports Multiple Master nodes to enable High Availability for HBase clusters | Amazon EMR announces Support for Reconfiguring Applications on Running EMR Clusters | Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics now allows you to assign AWS resource tags to your real-time applications | AWS Glue crawlers now support existing Data Catalog tables as sources | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Faster SQL Data Set Refresh Intervals | AWS IoT Greengrass Adds Support for Python 3.7, Node v8.10.0, and Expands Support for Elliptic-Curve Cryptography | AWS Releases Additional Preconfigured Examples for FreeRTOS on Armv8-M | AWS IoT Device Defender supports monitoring behavior of unregistered devices | AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Data Set Content Delivery to Amazon S3 | Topic || End User Computing Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds configurable timeouts for idle sessions | Monitor Emails in Your Workmail Organization Using Cloudwatch Metrics and Logs | You can now use custom chat bots with Amazon Chime | Topic || Machine Learning Developers, start your engines! The AWS DeepRacer Virtual League kicks off today. | Amazon SageMaker announces new features to the built-in Object2Vec algorithm | Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Now Supports Automated Email Notifications for Manual Data Labeling | Amazon Translate Adds Support for Hindi, Farsi, Malay, and Norwegian | Amazon Transcribe now supports Hindi and Indian-accented English | Amazon Comprehend batch jobs now supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud | New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: PyTorch 1.1, Chainer 5.4, and CUDA 10 support for MXNet | Topic || Application Integration Amazon MQ Now Supports Resource-Level and Tag-Based Permissions | Amazon SNS Adds Support for Cost Allocation Tags | Topic || Management and Governance Reservation Expiration Alerts Now Available in AWS Cost Explorer | AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager Supports Microsoft Application Patching | AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate now supports Chef Automate 2 | AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow supports CloudFormation StackSets | Topic || Migration AWS Migration Hub EC2 Recommendations | Topic || Security Amazon GuardDuty Adds Two New Threat Detections | AWS Security Token Service (STS) now supports enabling the global STS endpoint to issue session tokens compatible with all AWS Regions | AWS WAF Security Automations Now Supports Log Analysis | AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority Increases Certificate Limit To One Million | Amazon Cognito launches enhanced user password reset API for administrators | AWS Secrets Manager supports more client-side caching libraries to improve secrets availability and reduce cost | Create fine-grained session permissions using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) managed policies | Topic || Training and Certification New VMware Cloud on AWS Navigate Track | Topic || Blockchain Amazon Managed Blockchain What's New | Topic || Quick Starts New Quick Start deploys SAP S/4HANA on AWS |
May 26, 2019
#313: WhereML - Using ML to Detect Locations via Twitter
Simon speaks with Randall Hunt about how he designed, built, and deployed the @WhereML Twitter bot that can identify where in the world a picture was taken using only the pixels in the image. We’ll dive deep on artificial intelligence and deep learning with the MXNet framework and also talk about working with the Twitter Account Activity API. The bot is entirely autoscaling and powered by Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda which means, as a customer, you don’t manage any infrastructure. Finally we’ll close with a discussion around custom authorizers in API Gateway and when to use them.
May 19, 2019
#312: Meet the AWS Disaster Response Action Team
Did you know AWS enables disaster response organizations to access cloud services at the edge, even in the harshest conditions? Simon speaks with Maggie Carter (Principal, AWS Disaster Response Program) and Ana Visneski (Principal Technical Program Manager for AWS Disaster Response Program) about what the team does, how it does it and what is to come!
May 12, 2019
#311: Live Audience Update Show from Sydney Summit
Simon & Nicki are joined by a live audience to record a great set of cool updates for customers! Chapters: 1:20 Infrastructure 1:33 Developer Tools 3:50 Storage 4:28 Compute 6:13 Database 10:22 Analytics 13:01 IoT 13:23 End User Computing 14:08 Machine Learning 17:03 Networking 18:22 Customer Engagement 18:37 Application Integration 19:12 Game Tech 19:47 Media Services 20:44 Management and Governance 23:20 Robotics 24:26 Migration 25:03 Security 25:38 Training & Certification 26:05 Audience Q&A Shownotes: Topic || Infrastructure Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region | Topic || Developer Tools AWS Amplify Console Now Supports Deploying Fullstack Serverless Applications with a Single Click | Amplify Framework Simplifies Configuring OAuth 2.0 Flows, Hosted UI, and AR/VR Scenes for Mobile and Web Apps | Amplify Framework Announces New Amazon Aurora Serverless, GraphQL, and OAuth Capabilities | AWS Amplify Console adds support for Custom Headers | AWS Amplify Console Now Available in Five Additional Regions | AWS Device Farm Remote Access for Manual Testing on real Android and iOS devices now supports Android OS 8+ and iOS 11+ devices | Topic || Storage New AWS Public Datasets Available from National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Stanford, Software Heritage and others | Topic || Compute Amazon EC2 T3a Instances Are Now Generally Available | Amazon EKS Now Delivers Kubernetes Control Plane Logs to Amazon CloudWatch | Amazon EKS Supports EC2 A1 Instances as a Public Preview | AWS Elastic Beanstalk extends Tag-Based Permissions | AWS ParallelCluster 2.3.1 with enhanced support for Slurm Workload Manager is available now | Topic || Databases Amazon RDS now supports per-second billing | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 64TiB | Amazon RDS Enhanced Monitoring Adds New Storage and Host Metrics | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 11 | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Data Import from Amazon S3 | Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS Enable Faster Migration from MySQL 5.7 Databases | Amazon Aurora Serverless Supports Sharing and Cross-Region Copying of Snapshots | AWS simplifies replatforming of Microsoft SQL Server databases from Windows to Linux | Amazon Redshift now provides more control over snapshots | AWS specifies the IP address ranges for Amazon DynamoDB endpoints | Now you can tag Amazon DynamoDB tables when you create them | DynamoDBMapper now supports Amazon DynamoDB transactional API calls | Topic || Analytics Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.5 | Amazon Elasticsearch Service adds event monitoring and alerting support | Amazon Elasticsearch Service now offers improved performance at lower costs with C5, M5, and R5 instances | AWS Glue now supports additional configuration options for memory-intensive jobs | Announcing EMR release 5.22.0: Support for new versions of HBase, Oozie, Flink, and optimized EBS configuration for improved IO performance for applications such as Spark | Amazon Kinesis Data Streams changes license for its consumer library to Apache License 2.0 | Amazon MSK expands its open preview into AP (Singapore) and AP (Sydney) AWS Regions | Amazon QuickSight now supports localization, percentile calculations and more | Topic || IoT Amazon FreeRTOS Now Supports Resource Tagging | AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Single Step Setup of IoT Analytics Resources from AWS IoT Core | Topic || End User Computing AWS Client VPN is Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions | Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service | Amazon WorkDocs Document Approvals | Topic || Machine Learning Amazon SageMaker Now Offers Reduced Prices in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Greater Control of Root Access to Notebook Instances | Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth announces new features to simplify workflows, new data labeling vendors, and expansion in the Asia Pacific region | Amazon Transcribe now supports real-time speech-to-text in British English, French, and Canadian French | Amazon Polly Adds Arabic Language Support | Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Confusion Matrices for Custom Classification | AWS DeepLens Introduces New Bird Classification Project Template | Topic || Networking Amazon CloudFront enhances the security for adding alternate domain names to a distribution | Amazon CloudFront is now Available in Mainland China | Expanding AWS PrivateLink support for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose | AWS Global Accelerator is Now Available in Six Additional Regions | Topic || Customer Engagement Amazon Pinpoint Now Offers an Analytics Dashboard for Transactional SMS Messages | Topic || Application Integration AWS AppSync Now Supports Tagging GraphQL APIs | Amazon MQ now supports ActiveMQ Minor Version 5.15.9 | Topic || Game Tech Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers Now Available | Topic || Media Services AWS Elemental MediaPackage and MediaTailor improve support for DASH Endpoints and Monetization | AWS Elemental MediaLive Offers Lower Cost Live Channels with Single-Pipeline Option | Speed Up Video Processing With New Accelerated Transcoding in AWS Elemental MediaConvert | AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports Chunked Object Transfer to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Video Workflows | Topic || Management and Governance AWS CloudFormation Coverage Updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and Amazon Elastic Load Balancer | AWS Systems Manager Session Manager Enables Session Encryption Using Customer Keys | AWS Systems Manager Now Supports Use of Parameter Store at Higher API Throughput | AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store Introduces Advanced Parameters | Query AWS Regions Endpoints and More | AWS Service Catalog Announces Tag Updating | Topic || Robotics Announcing AWS RoboMaker Cloud Extensions for Robot Operating System (ROS) Melodic | NICE DCV Now Supports MacOS Native Clients | Topic || Migration Announcing Azure to AWS migration support in AWS Server Migration Service | Topic || Security AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority is now available in five additional regions | AWS Single Sign-On now offers certificate customization to support your corporate policies | Topic || Training and Certification AWS Certification Triples its Testing Locations, Making it Even More Convenient to Get Certified | Announcing the New AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty Exam |
May 05, 2019
#310: Windows on AWS and a Classic Blog Post with Jeff Barr
Customers have been running Windows workloads on AWS for over 10 years! In this episode Simon and Jeff explore some things you might not know about. They also take a trip down "memory lane" as well as give a teaser for a special podcast event at AWS Tokyo Summit! The Wide World of Windows on AWS: Introducing the Amazon Simple Notification Service: AWS Summits:
Apr 28, 2019
#309: Black Belt Tips and Amazon QuickSight ML Insights
In this episode Simon gives you some Black Belt tips around managing you CloudFormation stacks and how to use AWS Organizations to control access to AWS resources. He also gives you a look at Amazon QuickSight ML Insights.
Apr 21, 2019
#308: April 2019 Update Show
Simon and Nicki cover almost 100 updates! Check out the chapter timings to see where things of interest to you might be. Infrastructure 00:42 Storage 1:17 Databases 4:14 Analytics 8:28 Compute 9:52 IoT 15:17 End User Computing 17:40 Machine Learning 19:10 Networking 21:57 Developer Tools 23:21 Application Integration 25:42 Game Tech 26:29 Media 27:37 Management and Governance 28:11 Robotics 30:35 Security 31:30 Solutions 32:40 Topic || Infrastructure In the Works – AWS Region in Indonesia | Topic || Storage New Amazon S3 Storage Class – Glacier Deep Archive | File Gateway Supports Amazon S3 Object Lock - Amazon Web Services | AWS Storage Gateway Tape Gateway Deep Archive | AWS Transfer for SFTP supports AWS Privatelink – Amazon Web Services | Amazon FSx for Lustre Now Supports Access from Amazon Linux | AWS introduces CSI Drivers for Amazon EFS and Amazon FSx for Lustre | Topic || Databases Amazon DynamoDB drops the price of global tables by eliminating associated charges for DynamoDB Streams | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis 5.0.3 enhances I/O handling to boost performance | Amazon Redshift announces Concurrency Scaling: Consistently fast performance during bursts of user activity | Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for MariaDB | Amazon RDS adds support for MySQL Versions 5.7.25, 5.7.24, and MariaDB Version 10.2.21 | Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility Supports GTID-Based Replication | PostgreSQL 11 now Supported in Amazon RDS | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Logical Replication | Restore an Encrypted Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Database from an Unencrypted Snapshot | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports In-region Read Replicas with Active Data Guard for Read Scalability and Availability | AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds Support for Migrating Oracle ETL Jobs to AWS Glue | AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds New Conversion Features | Amazon Neptune Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Topic || Analytics Amazon QuickSight Announces General Availability of ML Insights | AWS Glue enables running Apache Spark SQL queries | AWS Glue now supports resource tagging | Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics Supports AWS CloudTrail Logging | Tag-on Create and Tag-Based IAM Application for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose | Topic || Compute Amazon EKS Introduces Kubernetes API Server Endpoint Access Control | Amazon EKS Opens Public Preview of Windows Container Support | Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.12 and Cluster Version Updates Via CloudFormation | New Local Testing Tools Now Available for Amazon ECS | AWS Fargate and Amazon ECS Support External Deployment Controllers for ECS Services | AWS Fargate PV1.3 adds secrets and enhanced container dependency management | AWS Event Fork Pipelines – Nested Applications for Event-Driven Serverless Architectures | New Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad Featuring AMD EPYC Processors are Now Available | Announcing the Ability to Pick the Time for Amazon EC2 Scheduled Events | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Analytics now supports Single Step Setup of IoT Analytics Resources | AWS IoT Greengrass Adds New Connector for AWS IoT Analytics, Support for AWS CloudFormation Templates, and Integration with Fleet Indexing | AWS IoT Device Tester v1.1 is Now Available for AWS IoT Greengrass v1.8.0 | AWS IoT Core Now Supports HTTP REST APIs with X.509 Client Certificate-Based Authentication On Port 443 | Generate Fleet Metrics with New Capabilities of AWS IoT Device Management | Topic || End User Computing Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports iPad and Android Tablets and Touch Gestures | Amazon WorkDocs Drive now supports offline content and offline search | Introducing Amazon Chime Business Calling | Introducing Amazon Chime Voice Connector | Alexa for Business now lets you create Alexa skills for your organization using Skill Blueprints | Topic || Machine Learning New AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Amazon Linux 2, TensorFlow 1.13.1, MXNet 1.4.0, and Chainer 5.3.0 | Introducing AWS Deep Learning Containers | Amazon Transcribe now supports speech-to-text in German and Korean | Amazon Transcribe enhances custom vocabulary with custom pronunciations and display forms | Amazon Comprehend now supports AWS KMS Encryption | New Setup Tool To Get Started Quickly with Amazon Elastic Inference | Topic || Networking Application Load Balancers now Support Advanced Request Routing | Announcing Multi-Account Support for Direct Connect Gateway | Topic || Developer Tools AWS App Mesh is now generally available | The AWS Toolkit for IntelliJ is Now Generally Available | The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (Developer Preview) is Now Available for Download from in the Visual Studio Marketplace | AWS Cloud9 announces support for Ubuntu development environments | Amplify Framework Adds Enhancements to Authentication for iOS, Android, and React Native Developers | AWS CodePipeline Adds Action-Level Details to Pipeline Execution History | Topic || Application Integration Amazon API Gateway Improves API Publishing and Adds Features to Enhance User Experience | Topic || Game Tech AWS Whats New - Lumberyard Beta 118 - Amazon Web Services | Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers Now in Preview | Topic || Media Services Detailed Job Progress Status and Server-Side S3 Encryption Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaConvert | Introducing Live Streaming with Automated Multi-Language Subtitling | Video on Demand Now Leverages AWS Elemental MediaConvert QVBR Mode | Topic || Management and Governance Use AWS Config Rules to Remediate Noncompliant Resources | AWS Config Now Supports Tagging of AWS Config Resources | Now You Can Query Based on Resource Configuration Properties in AWS Config | AWS Config Adds Support for Amazon API Gateway | Amazon Inspector adds support for Amazon EC2 A1 instances | Service control policies in AWS Organizations enable fine-grained permission controls | You can now use resource level policies for Amazon CloudWatch Alarms | Amazon CloudWatch Launches Search Expressions | AWS Systems Manager Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | AWS RoboMaker announces new build and bundle feature that makes it up to 10x faster to update a simulation job or a robot | Topic || Security Announcing the renewal command for AWS Certificate Manager | AWS Key Management Service Increases API Requests Per Second Limits | Announcing AWS Firewall Manager Support For AWS Shield Advanced | Topic || Solutions New AWS SAP Navigate Track | Deploy Micro Focus PlateSpin Migrate on AWS with New Quick Start |
Apr 14, 2019
#307: The AWS Developer Experience - AWS App Mesh and AWS Cloud Development Kit
How do you build applications that are loosely coupled but reliable? How can you take an even more abstracted view of cloud infrastructure? Simon is joined by Adam Larter (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) to discuss options available to developers using AWS. Links: AWS App Mesh: AWS Cloud Development Kit:
Apr 07, 2019
#306: [Provable Security Podcast Series Episode #1]: Automated Reasoning’s Past, Present, and Future with Moshe Vardi
Provable Security: Conversations on Next Gen Security. We published a podcast ( on provable security ( last fall, and, due to high customer interest, we decided to bring you a regular peek into this AWS initiative. This series will cover how the traditionally academic field of automated reasoning is being applied at AWS at scale to help provide higher assurances for our customers, regulators, and the broader cloud industry. We’ll talk to individuals whose minds helped shape the history of automated reasoning, as well as learn from engineers and scientists who are applying automated reasoning to help solve pressing security and privacy challenges in the cloud. In our first interview, Byron Cook, Director of the AWS Automated Reasoning Group, sits down with Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. Moshe describes the history of logic, automated reasoning, formal verification and his legendary moustache. Learn more at the AWS Provable Security webpage ( Automated reasoning public figures: George Boole Tony Hoare Robert W. Floyd John McCarthy Amir Pnueli Gottlob Frege Arthur Prior John Harrison Automated techniques and algorithms: First-order logic Temporal logic An Automata-Theoretic Approach to Automatic Program Verification Boolean satisfiability problem Davis-Putnam algorithm–Putnam_algorithm SAT Competition
Apr 03, 2019
#305: Saving Money with EC2 Spot
Did you know you can save 70-90% on compute costs easier than ever? Or that you can get more work done for the same spend? EC2 Spot is more powerful and easier to use than ever; Simon takes you through some of the new capabilities and benefits that you can use today. EC2 Spot Instances: EC2 Spot Instance Advisor: EC2 Spot Instance Data Feed: EC2 Spot Fleet: EC2 Spot Instances Getting Started:
Mar 31, 2019
#304: March Update Show Part 2
Simon and Nicki run through some interesting new AWS capabilities for customers as well as a look at the upcoming re:MARS conference ( 0:29 - Databases 1:20 - Analytics 1:52 - Compute 3:22 - IoT 4:05 - Customer Engagement 5:07 - Networking 5:34 - Developer Tools 7:46 - Application Integration 8:20 - Game Tech 8:42 - Media Services 9:24 - Management and Governance 12:41 - re:MARS Topic || Databases Amazon DynamoDB adds support for switching encryption keys to encrypt your data at rest | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for Redis 5.0.3 and the ability to change Redis command names | Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for SQL Server | Topic || Analytics Amazon QuickSight Supports Row Level Security Enabled Email Reports, New Analytical Capabilities and More | Topic || Compute AWS Step Functions Adds Tag-Based Permissions | AWS ParallelCluster support for Amazon FSx Lustre | Announcing the Preupgrade Assistant to Migrate to Amazon Linux 2 From Amazon Linux AMI | Topic || IoT AWS IoT Greengrass Introduces New Networking Configurations and Group Permission Settings | Topic || Customer Engagement Amazon Connect Simplifies Adding AWS Lambda Functions to Contact Flows | Introducing new AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency Partner Solutions | Topic || Networking Announcing the new AWS Direct Connect Console | Topic || Developer Tools Amazon Corretto 11 is Now Available as a Release Candidate | AWS Amplify Console Adds Support for Instant CDN Cache Invalidation and Delta Deployments | AWS CodeCommit Supports VPC Endpoints | Automate Releases to the AWS Serverless Application Repository using AWS CodePipeline | Topic || Application Integration New Amazon SNS Console Now Available | Topic || Game Tech Identity and Access Management (IAM) Roles Now Available for Amazon GameLift | Topic || Media Services AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for Encrypted HLS and VPC Inputs | AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports Pausing Channel Delivery on a Schedule | AWS Elemental MediaLive Simplifies Sending Live Streams to AWS Elemental MediaPackage | Topic || Management and Governance AWS Systems Manager now supports on-premises instance management for large hybrid environments | AWS CloudFormation Coverage Updates for AWS RAM, AWS Robomaker, Amazon ApiGateway, and more | whats-new/2019/02/amazon-elasticache-for-redis-adds-support-for-redis-503-and-the-ability-to-change-redis-command-names/ AWS License Manager adds new capabilities to track on premises usage, number of instances, and vCPUs based on Optimize CPU settings | AWS License Manager enhances support for tracking instances on premises |
Mar 24, 2019
#303: Are You Well-Architected?
How do you know if you have built your system the best way possible? How can you track this over time, and see and share improvements with others? The AWS Well-Architected Framework now has a customer-accessible tool - free to use! Simon speaks with "Fitz" (Philip Fitzimons) who leads the Well-Architected team at AWS about how customers can make the most of this new capability. Links: AWS Well-Architected Home Page:
Mar 17, 2019
#302: March 2019 Update Show Part One
Simon is joined by new update co-host Nicki Klein (Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS) to discuss all the latest features and capabilities available to AWS customers! Chapters 1:57 Mobile 5:21 Solutions & Quickstarts 7:53 Database 13:51 Storage 17:46 Analytics 20:58 Compute 24:32 Certifications 26:11 Machine Learning 27:25 Developer Tools 28:31 Networking 29:07 Media Services 30:37 Security 31:30 IoT 32:30 Management & Governance 33:43 Customer Engagement 34:30 End User Experience 34:59 Robotics 35:30 Migration Topic || Mobile Amplify Framework Adds Support for Multiple Environments, Custom Resolvers, Larger Data Models, and IAM Roles Including MFA | Topic || Solutions and Quick Starts Introducing AWS Solutions | AWS Quick Starts for Atlassian products now auto-detect existing infrastructure | Quick Start for Portworx PX-Enterprise on Kubernetes on AWS | Deploy the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform on AWS with New Quick Start | Topic || Databases Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Amazon S3 Integration | Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Versions 18.1 and 18.2 | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports database auditing with Amazon CloudWatch Logs | Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports new features for aggregations, arrays, and indexing | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) adds DynamoDB transactions support for Python and .NET | Performance Insights Now Supports Counter Metrics on Amazon RDS for MySQL, RDS for PostgreSQL, and Aurora MySQL | Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support R5 Instance Types | Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support T3 Instance Types | Amazon Aurora Serverless Publishes Logs to Amazon CloudWatch | Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Supports T3 Instance Types | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.6 | Topic || Storage Amazon EFS Introduces Lower Cost Storage Class | Amazon EFS Now Supports Tag-on-Create | Amazon FSx for Lustre Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Supports On-Premises Access to File Systems and Supports Access Across AWS VPCs, Accounts, and Regions | AWS Storage Gateway Hardware Appliance in Europe | Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) Adds Support For Shorter Backup Intervals | Topic || Analytics Use Athena Workgroups to Separate Workloads Between Users or Applications, View Query Metrics, and Enforce Cost Controls | Amazon Athena Now Supports Resource Tagging | Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose Announces Support for Custom Amazon S3 Prefixes | Amazon MSK expands its open preview into Ohio and Ireland AWS regions, and adds support for Apache Kafka 2.1.0 | Amazon Kinesis Video Streams adds Synchronized Audio Video Playback and MPEG-TS Container Format Support via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) | Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | Topic || Compute Introducing Five New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances | Amazon EKS Releases VPC CNI plugin v1.3.2 with Enhancements for P3dn Instances | Deploy a Kubernetes Cluster Using Amazon EKS with New Quick Start | Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Lets You Increase Target Capacity Limits | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Managed Updates, Immutable Deployments, and Enhanced Health Monitoring for Windows Server Platform V2 | Topic || Training and Certification New AWS Digital Badges Unveiled to Showcase your AWS Certified Status | Announcing Updated Professional-Level AWS Certification Exams | Topic || Machine Learning Enhanced Content Moderation is now available for Amazon Rekognition Video | Topic || Developer Tools Amazon Corretto 11 is Now in Preview | AWS CodeCommit Supports Programmatic Creation of Commits Containing Multiple Files | Topic || Networking Route 53 Resolver for Hybrid Cloud Expands to Seven New AWS Regions | Topic || Media Services AWS Elemental MediaStore Adds Support for Access Logs on Containers | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds Support for Video Rotation and Ad Marker Insertion | Topic || Security, Identity & Compliance AWS Shield Increases Default Resource Limits For Advanced Protection | AWS Single Sign-On is Now Available in Seven More Global Regions | Topic || Internet of Things AWS IoT Device Tester is Now Available for Amazon FreeRTOS v1.4.5 and v1.4.6 | AWS IoT Device Defender Now Provides Statistical Anomaly Detection and Data Visualization | Cypress CYW943907AEVAL1F and CYW954907AEVAL1F are Now Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS | AWS Announces RISC-V Support in the FreeRTOS Kernel | Topic || Management and Governance AWS Systems Manager State Manager Enables Document Sharing Across Accounts | Resource Groups Tagging API Supports Additional AWS Services | AWS Well-Architected Tool now supports architecture reviews for On Premises and Hybrid Cloud workloads | Topic || Customer Engagement Amazon Connect Now Supports Additional Options When Transferring to External Phone Numbers | Topic || End User Computing Amazon WorkLink now works with Android phones | Topic || Robotics AWS RoboMaker now supports new languages, tagging, and AWS CloudFormation | Topic || Migration AWS Server Migration Service Adds Support for Importing Applications from AWS Migration Hub |
Mar 10, 2019
#301: Getting the most out of the AWS Developer Experience
What does a modern software development look like? What are some of the optimised approaches you can use? What is the state of play when it comes to developer tooling and the cloud? Simon is joined by Adam Larter (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) to discuss options available to developers using AWS. Links: DevOps and AWS landing page: 
Keep up to date with the AWS DevOps blog: 
What is SAM?:
SAM on Github: 
Invoking a Lambda function locally using SAM CLI: 
AWS Toolkits for PyCharm, IntelliJ (Preview), and Visual Studio Code (Preview):
Mar 03, 2019
#300: Amazon ElasticSearch Update
Do you have lots of data to search, analyze and visualize? The Amazon ElasticSearch service is used by customers large and small to do just that! Simon speaks with Jon Handler (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) about some exciting new capabilities and also how to size, tune and optimize your clusters. Links: Amazon ElasticSearch: T-Shirt size blog: How many instances do I need? How many shards? Set alarms on CW metrics: re:Invent Talk:
Feb 24, 2019
#299: February 2019 Updates
Simon guides you through lots of new features, services and capabilities that you can take advantage of. Including the new AWS Backup service, more powerful GPU capabilities, new SLAs and much, much more! Chapters: Service Level Agreements 0:17 Storage 0:57 Media Services 5:08 Developer Tools 6:17 Analytics 9:54 AI/ML 12:07 Database 14:47 Networking & Content Delivery 17:32 Compute 19:02 Solutions 21:57 Business Applications 23:38 AWS Cost Management 25:07 Migration & Transfer 25:39 Application Integration 26:07 Management & Governance 26:32 End User Computing 29:22 Links: Topic || Service Level Agreements 0:17 Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon EKS Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon ECR Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon Cognito Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | AWS Step Functions Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | AWS Secrets Manager Announces Service Level Agreement | Amazon MQ Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Topic || Storage 0:57 Introducing AWS Backup | Introducing Amazon Elastic File System Integration with AWS Backup | AWS Storage Gateway Integrates with AWS Backup - Amazon Web Services | AWS Backup Integrates with Amazon DynamoDB for Centralized and Automated Backup Management | Amazon EBS Integrates with AWS Backup to Protect Your Volumes | AWS Storage Gateway Volume Detach & Attach - Amazon Web Services | AWS Storage Gateway - Tape Gateway Performance | Amazon FSx for Lustre Offers New Options and Faster Speeds for Working with S3 Data | Topic || Media Services 5:08 AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds IMF Input and Enhances Caption Burn-In Support | AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for AWS CloudTrail | AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports Resource Tagging | AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds I-Frame-Only HLS Manifests and JPEG Outputs | Topic || Developer Tools 6:17 Amazon Corretto is Now Generally Available | AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Deploying to Amazon S3 | AWS Cloud9 Supports AWS CloudTrail Logging | AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Accessing Images from Private Docker Registry | Develop and Test AWS Step Functions Workflows Locally | AWS X-Ray SDK for .NET Core is Now Generally Available | Topic || Analytics 9:54 Amazon Elasticsearch Service doubles maximum cluster capacity with 200 node cluster support | Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.4 | Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports three Availability Zone deployments | Now bring your own KDC and enable Kerberos authentication in Amazon EMR | Source code for the AWS Glue Data Catalog client for Apache Hive Metastore is now available for download | Topic || AI/ML 12:07 Amazon Comprehend is now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail | Object Bounding Boxes and More Accurate Object and Scene Detection are now Available for Amazon Rekognition Video | Amazon Elastic Inference Now Supports TensorFlow 1.12 with a New Python API | New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Updated Elastic Inference for TensorFlow, TensorBoard 1.12.1, and MMS 1.0.1 | Amazon SageMaker Batch Transform Now Supports TFRecord Format | Amazon Transcribe Now Supports US Spanish Speech-to-Text in Real Time | Topic || Database 14:47 Amazon Redshift now runs ANALYZE automatically | Introducing Python Shell Jobs in AWS Glue | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports T3 Instance Types | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports T3 Instance Types | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports SQLT Diagnostics Tool Version 12.2.180725 | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports January 2019 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU) | Amazon DynamoDB Local Adds Support for Transactional APIs, On-Demand Capacity Mode, and 20 GSIs | Topic || Networking & Content Delivery 17:32 Network Load Balancer Now Supports TLS Termination | Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge locations across United States and France | AWS Site-to-Site VPN Now Supports IKEv2 | VPC Route Tables Support up to 1,000 Static Routes | Topic || Compute 19:02 Announcing a 25% price reduction for Amazon EC2 X1 Instances in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region | Amazon EKS Achieves ISO and PCI Compliance | AWS Fargate Now Has Support For AWS PrivateLink | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Ruby 2.6 | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for .NET Core 2.2 | Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR now have support for AWS PrivateLink | GPU Support for Amazon ECS now Available | AWS Batch now supports Amazon EC2 A1 Instances and EC2 G3s Instances | Topic || Solutions 21:57 Deploy Micro Focus Enterprise Server on AWS with New Quick Start | AWS Public Datasets Now Available from UK Meteorological Office, Queensland Government, University of Pennsylvania, Buildzero, and Others | Quick Start Update: Active Directory Domain Services on the AWS Cloud | Introducing the Media2Cloud solution | Topic || Business Applications 23:38 Alexa for Business now offers IT admins simplified workflow to setup shared devices | Topic || AWS Cost Management 25:07 Introducing Normalized Units Information for Amazon EC2 Reservations in AWS Cost Explorer | Topic || Migration & Transfer 25:39 AWS Migration Hub Now Supports Importing On-Premises Server and Application Data to Track Migration Progress | Topic || Application Integration 26:07 Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for Multiple String Values in Blacklist Matching | Topic || Management & Governance 26:32 AWS Trusted Advisor Expands Functionality With New Best Practice Checks | AWS Systems Manager State Manager Now Supports Management of In-Guest and Instance-Level Configuration | AWS Config Increases Default Limits for AWS Config Rules | Introducing AWS CloudFormation UpdateReplacePolicy Attribute | Automate WebSocket API Creation in Amazon API Gateway Using AWS CloudFormation | AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise Now Support AWS CloudFormation | Find And Update Access Keys, Password, And MFA Settings Easily Using The AWS Management Console | Amazon CloudWatch Agent Adds Support for Procstat Plugin and Multiple Configuration Files | Improve Security Of Your AWS SSO Users Signing In To The User Portal By Using Email-based Verification | Topic || End User Computing 29:22 Introducing Amazon WorkLink | AppStream 2.0 enables custom scripts before session start and after session termination |
Feb 17, 2019
#298: [Public Sector Special Series #6] - Bringing the White House to the World
Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski (Director of the Digital Library - White House Historical Association) speaks about how they used AWS to bring the experience of the White House to the world.
Feb 13, 2019
#297: Reinforcement Learning with AWS DeepRacer
How are ML Models Trained? How can developers learn different approaches to solving business problems? How can we race model cars on a global scale? Todd Escalona (Solutions Architect Evangelist, AWS) joins Simon to dive into reinforcement learning and AWS DeepRacer! AWS DeepRacer: Open Source DIY Donkey Car: re:Invent 2017 Robocar Hackathon - AWS DeepRacer Highlights:
Feb 10, 2019
#296: [Public Sector Special Series #5] - Creating Better Educational Outcomes Using AWS
Cesar Wedemann (QEDU) talks to Simon about how they gather Education data and provide this data to teachers and public schools to improve education in Brazil. They developed a free-access portal that offers easy visualization of brazilian Education open data. (
Feb 06, 2019
#295: Creating a DevOps Workflow for Machine Learning Models
Training your ML model is just one part of the puzzle; retaining it and deploying into production on a regular basis is key for great business outcomes. Simon speaks with John Calhoun (Machine Learning Specialist, AWS) about how to implement this in your business using the open source AWS Sagemaker Build CloudFormation. Shownotes: Source Code: Blog Post:
Feb 02, 2019
#294: [Public Sector Special Series #4] - Using AI to make Content Available for Students at Imperial College of London
How do you train the next generation of Digital leaders? How do you provide them with a modern educational experience? Can you do it without technical expertise? Hear how Ruth Black (Teaching Fellow at the Digital Academy) applied Amazon Transcribe to make this real.
Jan 30, 2019
#293: Diving into Data with Amazon Athena
Do you have lots of data to analyze? Is writing SQL a skill you have? Would you like to analyze massive amounts of data at low cost without capacity planning? In this episode, Simon shares how Amazon Athena can give you options you may not have considered before. Shownotes: Amazon Athena: Top 10 Performance Tips: Using CTAS for Performance:
Jan 27, 2019
#292: [Public Sector Special Series #3] - Moving to Microservices from an Organisational Standpoint
Jeff Olson (VP & Chief Data Officer at College Board) talks about his experiences in fostering change from an organisational standpoint whilst moving to a microservices architecture.
Jan 23, 2019
#291: January 2019 Update
Simon takes you through a nice mix of updates and new things to take advantage of - even a price drop! Chapters: Service Level Agreements 00:19 Price Reduction 1:15 Databases 2:09 Service Region Expansion 3:52 Analytics 5:23 Machine Learning 7:13 Compute 7:55 IoT 9:37 Management 10:43 Mobile 11:33 Desktop 12:30 Certification 13:11 Shownotes: Topic || Service Level Agreements 00:19 Amazon API Gateway announces service level agreement | Amazon EMR Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | Amazon EFS Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement | AWS Direct Connect Service Level Agreement | Topic || Price Reduction 1:15 Announcing AWS Fargate Price Reduction by Up To 50% | Topic || Databases 2:09 Introducing Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) – Generally available | AWS Database Migration Service Now Supports Amazon DocumentDB with MongoDB compatibility as a target | Topic || Service Region Expansion 3:52 Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions | Amazon Neptune is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) | Amazon EKS Available in Seoul Region | AWS Glue is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) Region | Amazon EC2 X1e Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region | Amazon Pinpoint is now available in three additional regions | Topic || Analytics 5:23 Amazon QuickSight Launches Pivot Table Enhancements, Cross-Schema Joins and More | Topic || Machine Learning 7:13 Amazon SageMaker now supports encrypting all inter-node communication for distributed training | Topic || Compute 7:55 Amazon EC2 Spot now Provides Results for the “Describe Spot Instance Request” in Multiple Pages | Announcing Windows Server 2019 AMIs for Amazon EC2 | AWS Step Functions Now Supports Resource Tagging | Topic || IoT 9:37 AWS IoT Core Now Enables Customers to Store Messages for Disconnected Devices | Renesas RX65N System on Chip is Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS | Topic || Management 10:43 AWS Config adds support for AWS Service Catalog | AWS Single Sign-On Now Enables You to Direct Users to a Specific AWS Management Console Page | Topic || Mobile 11:33 aws-device-farm-now-supports-appium-node.js-and-appium-ruby | Topic || Desktop 12:30 Deploy Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service on AWS with New Quick Start | Topic || Certification 13:11 Announcing the AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty Beta Exam |
Jan 20, 2019
#290: [Public Sector Special Series #2] - Using AWS to Power Research with the University of Liverpool and Alces Flight
Cliff Addison (University of Liverpool) joins with Will Mayers and Cristin Merritt (Alces Flight) to talk about High Performance Computing in the cloud and meeting the needs of researchers.
Jan 16, 2019
#289: A Look at Amazon FSx For Windows File Server
Simon speaks with Andrew Crudge (Senior Product Manager, FSx) about this newly released service, capabilities available to customers and how to make the best use of it in your environment.
Jan 13, 2019
#288: [Public Sector Special Series #1] - Tackling Culture Change when Moving to the Cloud
Sherry Stevens (National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)) talks about the cultural changes and lessons learned on their journey to the cloud.
Jan 09, 2019
#287: Log Diving with Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights
Did you know you can work through Terabytes of log data in seconds with zero setup? Simon takes you through the capabilities of Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights and how you can use it to resolve issues faster. Documentation: Blog Example:
Jan 06, 2019
#286: December 2018 Update Show
Simon takes you through the December updates to finish up 2018! Shownotes: Topic || Customer Engagement 0:23 Amazon Pinpoint Announces Event-Based Campaigns, Driving Personalization and Engagement | Amazon Pinpoint Announces a New Email Deliverability Dashboard to Help Customers Reach their Users' Inboxes | Amazon Connect Adds New Contact API to Get Contact Attributes | Topic || Storage 2:05 Amazon S3 Inventory adds Apache Parquet output format | AWS Storage Gateway Increases File Gateway Performance - Amazon Web Services | Topic || Networking & Content Delivery 3:32 Amazon Virtual Private Clouds can now be shared with other AWS Accounts | Introducing AWS Client VPN to Securely Access AWS and On-Premises Resources | New AWS Direct Connect locations in Silicon Valley and Stockholm | Amazon CloudFront announces ten new Edge locations in North America, Europe, and Asia | Amazon API Gateway Simplifies Building Real-Time Two-Way Communication Applications with WebSocket APIs | Amazon Route 53 Adds Alias Record Support For API Gateway and VPC Endpoints | Topic || Database 7:41 Introducing Workload Qualification Framework to Project Plan Your Database Migrations to AWS | AWS Database Migration Service Adds Support for Parallel Full Load and Enhanced LOB Migration | Amazon RDS Enhances Automatic Minor Version Upgrades | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports R5 Instance Types | Amazon RDS Supports Publishing PostgreSQL Log Files to Amazon CloudWatch Logs | Amazon RDS Performance Insights Supports Counter Metrics for Aurora PostgreSQL | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.6, 9.6.11, 9.5.15, and 9.4.20 | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.5 | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Adds Query Plan Management | Announcing the New Amazon DynamoDB Key Diagnostics Library | Amazon DynamoDB Increases the Number of Global Secondary Indexes and Projected Index Attributes You Can Create Per Table | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Adds Support for DynamoDB Transactions | Amazon MQ Now Supports ActiveMQ Minor Version 5.15.8 | Topic || Compute 14:13 Amazon ECR Console Version 2 | Amazon ECR now allows Repository Tagging | Amazon EC2 Introduces Partition Placement Groups | AWS Auto Scaling is Now Available in 8 more Regions Worldwide and Offers Predictive Scaling for Amazon EC2 | Amazon EC2 C5d, M5d, and R5d Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions | AWS Fargate Platform Version 1.3 Adds Secrets Support | Amazon EKS Adds Managed Cluster Updates and Support for Kubernetes Version 1.11 | AWS Server Migration Service Adds Support for Multi-Server Migration | AWS Batch now supports Amazon EC2 C5n Instances Featuring 100 Gbps of Network Bandwidth | AWS Batch Now Supports Amazon EC2 P3dn Instances | New AWS ParallelCluster Features | New SAM PUBLISH Command Simplifies Publishing Applications to the AWS Serverless Application Repository | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Tag-Based Permissions | Topic || Developer Tools 20:39 AWS X-Ray Adds the Ability to Group Traces by Root Cause | AWS CodePipeline Supports VPC Endpoints | AWS CloudFormation macros can now be used in templates with nested stacks | Quickly Create, Build, and Deploy Amazon Alexa Skills from AWS | Topic || Machine Learning 22:07 Amazon Transcribe now supports speech-to-text in French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese | Topic || Security, Identity and Compliance 22:27 AWS IAM Console Now Available In German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Traditional Chinese | Automate AWS IAM Permissions Analysis Using the New IAM Access Advisor APIs | Introducing Notifications for New Amazon GuardDuty Finding Types and Feature Releases | AWS Organizations Supports AWS License Manager Cross Account Sharing Capabilities | AWS Shield Adds Advanced DDoS Protection for AWS Global Accelerator | AWS Systems Manager Automation Now Supports at Scale Action | AWS Service Catalog – Integration with AWS Organizations | The AWS WAF Security Automations solution now includes a monitoring dashboard | Announcing rule group exception for Managed Rules for AWS WAF | AWS Firewall Manager Available in Four Additional Regions | Topic || Application Integration 26:59 Amazon SQS now Supports Amazon VPC Endpoints using AWS PrivateLink - Amazon Web Services | Amazon MQ Introduces Network of Brokers Feature | Topic || Desktop & App Streaming 27:27 AppStream 2.0 introduces APIs to simplify app entitlements and enable delivery of virtualized apps | Topic || Analytics 28:10 Support for Spark 2.4.0, and Hue 4.3.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.20.0 | Amazon Redshift now runs VACUUM DELETE automatically | Topic || Internet of Things 29:41 Introducing AWS CloudFormation Template Support for AWS IoT Analytics | AWS IoT Device Defender Adds Support for Two New Security Metrics | MediaTek MT7697H System on Chip is Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS | Topic || Other 30:35 Announcing Programmatic Access to AWS Pricing Information in China via the AWS Price List API | Introducing the Media Services Application Mapper | New Quick Start Deploys Varnish Cache Plus (VCP) on the AWS Cloud | Announcing 15 Free Digital Training Courses on New AWS Services Launched at re:Invent 2018 |
Dec 30, 2018
#285: New Runtime Experiences in AWS Lambda
Simon speaks with three Software Development Engineers (SDEs) from Amazon who worked on various aspects of the new AWS Lambda runtime capabilities. He is joined by Alex Wood, Bryan Moffatt and Marco Magdy who discuss the Layers experience, Ruby support, the C++ runtime and even COBOL! Shownotes: Layers: Ruby Support: C++ Runtime: COBOL and other runtimes:
Dec 23, 2018
#284: A Look at Some Useful Resources
What are some handy resources for AWS Customers? Simon takes you on a tour of a few handy ones - and even sneaks in a black-belt tip! Shownotes: Centralized Logging – AWS Answers | AWS Developer Forums: Discussion Forums | Amazon Web Services - Labs · GitHub | GitHub - awslabs/aws-shell: An integrated shell for working with the AWS CLI. | Region Table | AWS Regions and Endpoints - Amazon Web Services | AWS Service Limits - Amazon Web Services | AWS IP Address Ranges - Amazon Web Services | Error Retries and Exponential Backoff in AWS - Amazon Web Services | Cloud Solutions by Application - Amazon Web Services (AWS) | AWS - Application Architecture Center | AWS Simple Icons | Compliance Programs - Amazon Web Services (AWS) | Case Studies & Customer Success - Amazon Web Services (AWS) | AWS Certification - AWS Cloud Computing Certification Program |
Dec 16, 2018
#283: [AWS Security and Compliance Special #2] Answering Compliance and Data Privacy Questions
In the latest AWS Security & Compliance Podcast, we sit down with VP of Security Chad Woolf, who answers your compliance and data privacy questions. Including one of the most frequently asked questions from customers around the world, which is: how many compliance programs does AWS have/attest to/audit against? Chad also shares what it was like to work at AWS in the early days. When he joined, AWS was housed on just a handful of floors, in a single building. Listen to the podcast to hear about company history and get answers to your tough questions.
Dec 12, 2018
#282: Diving Into the AWS Global Accelerator
At re:Invent 2018, the AWS Global Accelerator was launched, enabling customers to improve the availability and performance of the applications with a global user base. Simon speaks with Divya Sreekumar (Senior Product Manager AWS) about the benefits to customers, and how to get started.
Dec 09, 2018
#281: re:Invent 2018 Thursday Updates
Simon covers all the updates from Thursday as well as a special Partner interview ( and behind the scenes look at This is My Architecture ( Shownotes: New AWS Toolkits | Invoke Lambda with ALB | Lambda Custom Runtimes and Layers | Lambda Ruby Support | SAM Support for new Lambda Features | Managed Streaming for Kafka | Well Architected Tool |
Nov 30, 2018
#280: re:Invent 2018 Keynote and Wednesday Updates
Simon takes you through the updates of the day, and Andy Jassy's keynote - as well as a walk around the Expo Floor! Shownotes: Topic || Security AWS Security Hub | AWS Control Tower | Topic || Machine Learning Amazon Inferentia Microchip | Amazon Elastic Inference | New Tensorflow Scalability | Amazon Textract | Amazon Personalise | Amazon Deeprace | Amazon Forecast | Amazon Translate Update | Amazon Sagemaker RL Support | Amazon Sagemaker Ground Truth | Amazon Sagemaker Neo | AWS IoT Greengrass Sagemaker Neo Support | Topic || Databases Amazon Timestream | Amazon QLDB | Amazon Managed BlockChain | Amazon Aurora Global Database | Amazon DynamoDB on Demand | AWS Lake Formation | ML Insights Preview | Amazon QuickSight Updates | Topic || Compute Hibernate for EC2 | Lightsail Upgrade Path ro EC2 | Lighsail supports resouce tagging | Topic || Storage Amazon FSx for Lustre | Amazon FSx for Windows File Server | Glacier Deep Archive | S3 Object Lock | EFS Supports 1,000 File Systems per Account | EFS Cross Account and VPC Access | Topic || Hybrid Cloud AWS Outposts | Topic || AWS Marketplace & License Management Private Marketplace | SageMaker models now on AWS Marketplace | Container Products in Marketplace | AWS License Manager | Topic || Software Development AWS App Mesh | AWS Cloud Map | Improved CI and CD Support | Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights |
Nov 29, 2018
#279: re:Invent Tuesday Night Update - LIVE Audience!
Simon & Jeff are joined by a live audience for the first time! Listen to some great updates and fun laughs. Shownotes: EFS Infrequent Access: S3 Intelligent tiering - S3 Batch Operations - AWS DataSync - AWS Transfer for SFTP - Firecracker - AWS Transit Gateway - AWS Global Accelerator - EBS Performance Update - Amazon EC2 A1 Instances - Amazon EC2 C5n Instances - Amazon DyanmoDB support for Transactions - AWS GroundStation -
Nov 28, 2018
#278: Live From re:Invent Midnight Madness 2018
Simon and Jeff record live from AWS re:Invent 2018 Midnight Madness!
Nov 26, 2018
#277: November 2018 Update Show
Simon takes you through lots of great new features and capabilities for customers, and also a special call out for listeners attending AWS re:Invent to get some AWS Podcast swag! Shownotes with timestamps: 1:42 Compute In the Works – AWS Region in Milan, Italy - AWS News Blog | AWS GovCloud (US-East) Now Open - AWS News Blog | Amazon EC2 now offers On-Demand Capacity Reservations | Introducing Amazon EC2 Instances Featuring AMD EPYC Processors | Amazon ECS-CLI Supports Private Registry Authentication | Amazon EKS now supports additional VPC CIDR blocks | AWS Serverless Application Model Supports Amazon API Gateway Authorizers | 6:04 Cost Management Introducing the New AWS Budgets Console | AWS now Supports SEPA Direct Debit Payments in Europe | Amazon API Gateway Announces Tiered Pricing | AWS IoT Core Improves the Ability to Ingest Large Amounts of Device Data at a Lower Cost | Access Reserved Instance Purchase Recommendations for All of Your Linked Accounts From a Central Location | Monitor Your Amazon Elasticsearch Reserved Instance Utilization and Coverage Using AWS Budgets | Amazon EC2 Spot Console now Provides Access to Spot Savings Information | 10:15 Machine Learning Amazon Translate now offers 113 new language pairs | Amazon Polly Adds Italian and Castilian Spanish Voices, and Mexican Spanish Language Support | Amazon Rekognition Announces More Accurate Object and Scene Detection, Can Now Locate Objects in Your Images | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Pipe Mode for Datasets in CSV Format | Amazon SageMaker Batch Transform Now Supports AWS KMS Based Encryption | Now Clone a Hyperparameter Tuning Job through the Amazon SageMaker Console | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Apache MXNet 1.3 and TensorFlow 1.11 | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Incremental Learning for Image Classification and Object Detection Algorithms | Amazon SageMaker Batch Transform Now Supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud | Now Use Chainer 5.0 on AWS Deep Learning AMIs | Introducing Machine Learning for Telecommunication | 15:14 Storage Amazon EFS now Supports AWS VPN and Inter-Region VPC Peering | Amazon Elastic File System Now Supports 512 Locks per File | Amazon S3 Management Console is Now Available in Five New Languages | Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager adds support for copying EBS volume tags to EBS snapshots | 16:23 Networking Announcing the general availability of Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud | Amazon API Gateway Launches the Serverless Developer Portal | Amazon API Gateway Adds Support for AWS WAF | Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge locations across North America, Europe, and Asia | Amazon Route 53 Releases Interactive Map for Traffic Flow Geoproximity Routing | 19:17 Databases Amazon ElastiCache Now Supports the Next Generation General-Purpose and Memory-Optimized Amazon EC2 M5 and R5 Nodes | New – Redis 5.0 Compatibility for Amazon ElastiCache - AWS News Blog | Amazon RDS Enables Stopping and Starting of Multi-AZ Database Instances | Amazon RDS for MySQL,MariaDB and PostgreSQL Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 32TiB | Amazon RDS now supports MySQL 8.0 | Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB 10.3 | PostgreSQL 11 is Now Available in Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment | Amazon RDS for SQL Server Enhances Backup and Restore Capabilities | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports M5 Instance Types | Amazon RDS Performance Insights is Generally Available on RDS for Oracle | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Oracle Java | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Extended Data Types | Amazon RDS Now Sends Events to Amazon CloudWatch Events | Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Always On Availability Groups | Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports IAM Authentication | 24:37 Management Tools New – CloudFormation Drift Detection - AWS News Blog | New AWS CloudFormation Management Console Now Available | AWS CloudFormation coverage updates for Amazon Secrets Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon RDS, Amazon Route53, Amazon Cloudwatch alarms and more | Introducing AWS CloudFormation support for Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager policies | New Quick Start builds a CI/CD pipeline to test AWS CloudFormation templates using AWS TaskCat | Amazon CloudWatch Events Adds the Ability to Share Events Across All Accounts in an Organization | Easily Monitor Security Events of Your AWS Managed Microsoft AD Using Amazon CloudWatch Logs | 27:41 Business Productivity Amazon WorkDocs Now Lets You Control IP Address Access to Your Site | Alexa for Business now enables third party device makers to have their products be managed as shared devices | Introducing Amazon AppStream 2.0 AWS CloudFormation Support and User Pool APIs | Amazon WorkDocs Drive Now Available for Mac | 28:30 Security AWS Firewall Manager Now Supports Multiple AWS WAF Rule Groups | AWS Single Sign-On Now Enables You to Optimize How Long You can Access AWS Accounts | AWS Single Sign-On Adds More Pre-Integrated Business Applications | Amazon GuardDuty Optimizes AWS CloudTrail Analysis Reducing Cost for Customers | Amazon Inspector Launches Agentless Network Assessments | Amazon Inspector Adds Amazon EC2 Instance Details to Security Findings | Centralized Logging Now Leverages Amazon Cognito for User Authentication | AWS Key Management Service Has a New Console Experience | 32:13 Analytics Amazon QuickSight adds support for Top N Filters, Cascading Parameter Controls, and JSON Parsing | Amazon EMR now supports a public EMR artifact repository for Maven builds | Amazon EMR now supports G3, H1, and Z1d instances | Support for Flink 1.6.0, Zeppelin 0.8.0, and S3 Select with Hive and Presto on Amazon EMR release 5.18.0 | Stream data from Microsoft Windows based services using the Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows | 33:36 Customer Engagement Amazon Pinpoint announces support for transactional emails and the addition of rich email analytics dashboards | 34:33 Application Integration Amazon SQS FIFO Queues Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions - Amazon Web Services |
Nov 18, 2018
#276: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#4] Re-Skilling Adult Learners
Singapore's National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Learning Hub works with AWS Educate to reach a different audience — adult learners. Spearheading a global movement, the NTUC intends to train and re-skill 20,000 Singaporeans to build cloud computing skills before the end of 2019.
Nov 14, 2018
#275: Using Technology To Help Children in Hospitals; Interview with ZOTT
How can the hospital experience be made a little easier for children suffering chronic illness and their caregivers? Simon speaks with Jon Shipman (CTO & Co-Founder) and Michael Powell (VP Marketing ) from ZOTT about their approach to the challenge. Shownotes:
Nov 11, 2018
#274: [AWS Security and Compliance Special#1] Diving into the Security Track at re:Invent 2018
This is a Special Series from AWS Security & Compliance. In this podcast, we’re previewing the security track at re:Invent. Staffers developing security track content offer their advice for navigating the learning conference that is expected to draw 50,000 people from around the world. Learn about the newest hands-on session designed to give you even deeper technical insight. Plus, find out about the event change meant to make it easier to attend the talks that interest you.
Nov 08, 2018
#273: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#3] Designing a Cloud Course to Scale
The California Cloud Workforce Project (“CA Cloud”), a consortium of 19 LA County community colleges and their sister high schools, designed a Cloud Computing Certificate in collaboration with faculty at Santa Monica College and AWS Educate. Intended to scale, CA Cloud sets a precedent for thinking big about global cloud curriculum.
Nov 07, 2018
#272: Refactoring in the Cloud
Once an application is in the Cloud - are you done? In this episode, Simon & Glenn Gore (Lead Architect, AWS Solutions Architecture) revisit an architecture they deployed back in 2014 on AWS and refactor it "on the fly"! Shownotes: Original Sentimentizer Design: Refactoring Ideas:
Nov 04, 2018
#271: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#2] Launching a Cloud Associate Degree
Cloud computing has been highlighted by LinkedIn as the #1 in-demand global skill for the past three years in a row, with Northern Virginia housing one of the largest concentrations of IT jobs in the nation. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and AWS Educate collaborate to create an innovative degree offering, an associates degree with cloud computing specialization.
Oct 31, 2018
#270: AWS Quest 2018
Do you like puzzles? Ozz the robot is travelling to AWS re:Invent 2018, but he needs a little help! This is your chance to work individually or with people around the world to solve cool puzzles. Simon and Jeff speak with Mike Selinker (President of LoanShark Games) about what happened last year and what is in store for this year's AWS Quest! Visit:
Oct 28, 2018
#269: [Workforce Development Using AWS Educate#1] Igniting a Passion for Cloud Computing
This is a Special Series about Workforce Development Using AWS Educate. AWS Educate launches the AWS Siklab Pilipinas in Manila, Philippines. The Siklab — a Tagalog word that translates to a flame and spark — provided cloud essentials training and a job fair for 400 students and 80 educators across 90 institutions.
Oct 24, 2018
#268: October 2018 Update Show
Simon shares a great list of new capabilities for customers! Chapters: 00:00- 00:08 Opening 00:09 - 10:50 Compute 10:51 - 25:50 Database and Storage 25:51 - 28:25 Network 28:26 - 35:01 Development 35:09 - 39:03 AI/ML 39:04 - 45:04 System Management and Operations 45:05 - 46:18 Identity 46:19 - 48:05 Video Streaming 48:06 - 49:14 Public Datasets 49:15 - 49:54 AWS Marketplace 49:55 - 51:03 YubiKey Support for MFA 51:04 - 51:18 Closing Shownotes: Amazon EC2 F1 Instance Expands to More Regions, Adds New Features, and Improves Development Tools | Amazon EC2 F1 instances now Available in an Additional Size | Amazon EC2 R5 and R5D instances now Available in 8 Additional AWS Regions | Introducing Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with up to 12 TB of memory, Purpose-built to Run Large In-memory Databases, like SAP HANA | Introducing a New Size for Amazon EC2 G3 Graphics Accelerated Instances | Amazon EC2 Spot Console Now Supports Scheduled Scaling for Application Auto Scaling | Amazon Linux 2 Now Supports 32-bit Applications and Libraries | AWS Server Migration Service Adds Support for Migrating Larger Data Volumes | AWS Migration Hub Saves Time Migrating with Application Migration Status Automation | Plan Your Migration with AWS Application Discovery Service Data Exploration | AWS Lambda enables functions that can run up to 15 minutes | AWS Lambda announces service level agreement | AWS Lambda Console Now Enables You to Manage and Monitor Serverless Applications | Amazon EKS Enables Support for Kubernetes Dynamic Admission Controllers | Amazon EKS Simplifies Cluster Setup with update-kubeconfig CLI Command | Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is Generally Available | Amazon Aurora Now Supports Stopping and Starting of Database Clusters | Amazon Aurora Databases Support up to Five Cross-Region Read Replicas | Amazon RDS Now Provides Database Deletion Protection | Announcing Managed Databases for Amazon Lightsail | Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB now Support M5 Instance Types | Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 32TiB | Specify Parameter Groups when Restoring Amazon RDS Backups | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds read replica scaling for Redis Cluster | Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports encrypted communication between Elasticsearch nodes | Amazon Athena adds support for Creating Tables using the results of a Select query (CTAS) | Amazon Redshift announces Query Editor to run queries directly from the AWS Management Console | Support for TensorFlow and S3 select with Spark on Amazon EMR release 5.17.0 | AWS Database Migration Service Makes It Easier to Migrate Cassandra Databases to Amazon DynamoDB | The Data Lake Solution Now Integrates with Microsoft Active Directory | Amazon S3 Announces Selective Cross-Region Replication Based on Object Tags | AWS Storage Gateway Is Now Available as a Hardware Appliance | AWS PrivateLink now supports access over AWS VPN | AWS PrivateLink now supports access over Inter-Region VPC Peering | Network Load Balancer now supports AWS VPN | Network Load Balancer now supports Inter-Region VPC Peering | AWS Direct Connect now Supports Jumbo Frames for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Traffic | Amazon CloudFront announces two new Edge locations, including its second location in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates | AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Building Bitbucket Pull Requests | AWS CodeCommit Supports New File and Folder Actions via the CLI and SDKs | AWS Cloud9 Now Supports TypeScript | AWS CloudFormation coverage updates for Amazon API Gateway, Amazon ECS, Amazon Aurora Serverless, Amazon ElastiCache, and more | AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds support for T3 instance and Go 1.11 | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Console Supports Network Load Balancer | AWS Amplify Announces Vue.js Support for Building Cloud-powered Web Applications | AWS Amplify Adds Support for Securely Embedding Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Scenes in Web Applications | Amazon API Gateway adds support for multi-value parameters | Amazon API Gateway adds support for OpenAPI 3.0 API specification | AWS AppSync Launches a Guided API Builder for Mobile and Web Apps | Amazon Polly Adds Mandarin Chinese Language Support | Amazon Comprehend Extends Natural Language Processing for Additional Languages and Region | Amazon Transcribe Supports Deletion of Completed Transcription Jobs | Amazon Rekognition improves the accuracy of image moderation | Save time and money by filtering faces during indexing with Amazon Rekognition | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Tagging for Hyperparameter Tuning Jobs | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports an Improved Pipe Mode Implementation | Amazon SageMaker Announces Enhancements to its Built-In Image Classification Algorithm | AWS Glue now supports connecting Amazon SageMaker notebooks to development endpoints | AWS Glue now supports resource-based policies and resource-level permissions for the AWS Glue Data Catalog | Resource Groups Tagging API Supports Additional AWS Services | Changes to Tags on AWS Resources Now Generate Amazon CloudWatch Events | AWS Systems Manager Announces Enhanced Compliance Dashboard | Conditional Branching Now Supported in AWS Systems Manager Automation | AWS Systems Manager Launches Custom Approvals for Patching | Amazon CloudWatch adds Ability to Build Custom Dashboards Outside the AWS Console | Amazon CloudWatch Agent adds Custom Metrics Support | Amazon CloudWatch Launches Client-side Metric Data Aggregations | AWS IoT Device Management Now Provides In Progress Timeouts and Step Timeouts for Jobs | Amazon GuardDuty Provides Customization of Notification Frequency to Amazon CloudWatch Events | AWS Managed Microsoft AD Now Offers Additional Configurations to Connect to Your Existing Microsoft AD | Easily Deploy Directory-Aware Workloads in Multiple AWS Accounts and VPCs by Sharing a Single AWS Managed Microsoft AD | AWS Single Sign-on Now Enables You to Customize the User Experience to Business Applications | Live Streaming on AWS Now Features AWS Elemental MediaLive and MediaPackage | AWS Elemental MediaStore Increases Object Size Limit to 25 Megabytes | Amazon Kinesis Video Streams now supports adding and retrieving Metadata at Fragment-Level | AWS Public Datasets Now Available from the German Meteorological Office, Broad Institute, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub,, and Others | Customize Your Payment Frequency and More with AWS Marketplace Flexible Payment Scheduler | Sign in to your AWS Management Console with YubiKey Security Key for Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) |
Oct 22, 2018
#267: An Old Story
Behind technology is people! In a non-technically focussed episode Simon has a wide-ranging conversation with Allison Gumahad (International Proposal Manager, AWS) and Mike Gilmore (Senior Proposal Manager, AWS) about the affect of age and experience on team dynamics and working in technology. AWS Careers:
Oct 14, 2018
#266: Next Generation Security with Automated Reasoning, an Artificial Intelligence Technology
AWS is implementing next generation security technology backed by automated reasoning, which uses mathematical logic to provide higher levels of security assurance. Automated reasoning automates the detection of entire classes of misconfigurations that could potentially expose vulnerable data, relieving customers from managing increasingly granular enterprise security controls. Byron Cook, Director of the Automated Reasoning Group, shares how automated reasoning is being leveraged across AWS, in areas such as verifying cryptographic protocols, deeper data protection measures and streamlining enterprise governance.
Oct 07, 2018
#265: The State of Containers on AWS
Customers are using containers for all types of workloads. How can you best run them on AWS? Simon speaks with Arun Gupta (Principal Open Source Technologist, AWS) about different options and approaches that customers can use. They also discuss the open-source components contributed to the community by AWS. Shownotes: Containers at AWS: Open Source at AWS: Twitter: Blog: Website: SIG AWS Projects/Proposals: AWS CSI Driver: Pod identity access:
Sep 30, 2018
#264: How to re:Invent
Each year, we’re excited to bring our customers together to network, engage, and learn more about AWS at the largest gathering of the cloud computing community - AWS re:Invent. With so much to explore and learn, Simon is joined by Annie Hancock and Jill Fagan to share some great tips, tricks and hints for getting the most from your re:Invent experience. Shownotes: AWS re:Invent: How to re:Invent video series:
Sep 23, 2018
#263: September Update Show
Simon walks you through some great new things you can use on your projects today! Shownotes: Amazon Lightsail Announces 50% Price Drop and Two New Instance Sizes | Introducing Amazon EC2 T3 Instances | Amazon EC2 M5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions | Amazon EC2 C5d Instances are Now Available in Tokyo and Sydney Regions | AWS Batch Now Supports z1d, r5d, r5, m5d, c5d, p3, and x1e Instance Types | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for in-place version upgrades for Redis Cluster | Introducing AWS CloudFormation Macros | AWS CloudFormation Now Supports AWS PrivateLink | New Amazon EKS-optimized AMI and CloudFormation Template for Worker Node Provisioning | Amazon EKS Supports GPU-Enabled EC2 Instances | Introducing Amazon EKS Platform Version 2 | Amazon ECS Service Discovery Now Available in Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Singapore Regions | AWS Fargate Now Supports Time and Event-Based Task Scheduling | Amazon Athena releases an updated JDBC driver with improved performance when retrieving results | AWS Key Management Service Increases API Requests Per Second Limits | Use Amazon DynamoDB Local More Easily with the New Docker Image | Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables Available in Additional Regions | Performance Insights Supports Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL | AWS Glue now supports data encryption at rest | Deploy an AWS Cloud environment for VFX workstations with new Quick Start | New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: TensorFlow 1.10, PyTorch with CUDA 9.2, and More | Amazon Rekognition announces the ability to more easily manage face collections | Amazon SageMaker Supports TensorFlow 1.10 | Amazon SageMaker Supports A New Custom Header For The InvokeEndPoint API Action | Amazon FreeRTOS Over-the-Air Update Feature Generally Available | Announcing New Custom Analysis Features for AWS IoT Analytics with Custom Container Execution for Continuous Analysis | AWS IoT Device Management Now Allows Thing Groups Indexing | AWS IoT Core Adds New Endpoints Serving Amazon Trust Services (ATS) Signed Certificates to Help Customers Avoid Symantec Distrust Issues | AWS WAF Launches New Comprehensive Logging Functionality | AWS Direct Connect now in Dubai | New AWS Direct Connect locations in Paris and Taipei | Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Available in Five Additional AWS Regions | Amazon S3 Announces New Features for S3 Select | AWS Systems Manager Automation Now Supports Calling AWS APIs | AWS Serverless Application Repository Adds Sorting Functionality and Improves Search Experience | AWS SAM CLI Now Supports Debugging Go Functions and Testing with 50+ Events | AWS X-Ray Adds Support for Controlling Sampling Rate from the X-Ray Console | Amazon API Gateway Adds Support for AWS X-Ray | AWS CodeBuild Adds Ability to Create Build Projects with Multiple Input Sources and Output Artifacts | Announcing the AWS Amplify CLI Toolchain | New Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics capability for time-series analytics | Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Producer SDK Is Now Available For Microsoft Windows | AWS Config Announces New Managed Rules | Deploy Three New Amazon Connect Integrations from CallMiner, Aspect Software, and Acqueon |
Sep 15, 2018
#262: Using the AWS SDK for Ruby
Do you like to develop in Ruby? There are a raft of awesome features in the AWS SDK for Ruby that you might not be aware of! Simon is joined by Alex Wood to discuss all the goodies customers have access to. Shownotes: Getting Started Workshop: Alex on Twitter: @alexwwood AWS SDK for Ruby on GitHub: AWS SDK Ruby Record: AWS SDK Ruby Rails:
Sep 09, 2018
#261: EC2 Compute Instances for AWS Snowball Edge
Do you need to run compute remotely? Perhaps you need to provide IT shipboard? Or in the battlefield? Simon speaks with Ian Perez-Ponce all about this new capability. Shownotes: Jeff Barr’s Blog Post: Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Instances on Snowball Edge:
Sep 02, 2018
#260: A Deep Dive Into Amazon Simple Storage Service
S3 is at the heart of many customer solutions today. It has come a long way since launch in 2006! Simon is joined by Alastair Cousins (Senior Solutions Architect, AWS) to explore both basic and advanced capabilities that you can take advantage of. Shownotes: Original Blog Post: Amazon S3 Page: Bucket Naming Standards:
Aug 26, 2018
#259: August Service Update Show
Simon takes you through a great list of new services, functions and capabilities - hopefully something for everyone! Shownotes: AWS Global Infrastructure: Amazon EFS Now Supports Provisioned Throughput | Amazon EFS Achieves PCI DSS Compliance | Amazon EC2 P3 instances, one of the most powerful GPU instances in the cloud, now available in 6 additional regions | New SBE1 Amazon EC2 instances for AWS Snowball Edge | Introducing Amazon EC2 R5 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances | Introducing Amazon EC2 z1d Instances with a sustained all core frequency of up to 4.0 GHz | Amazon EC2 M5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions | Amazon EC2 C5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions | Amazon EC2 F1 Instances Adds New Features and Performance Improvements | Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Supports Two New Allocation Strategies: On-Demand Prioritized List, and Lowest Price | Amazon EC2 Nitro System Based Instances Now Support Faster Amazon EBS-Optimized Instance Performance | Access Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations for your Amazon Redshift, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Elasticsearch Reservations using AWS Cost Explorer | AWS Systems Manager Run Command Now Streams Output to Amazon CloudWatch Logs | AWS Systems Manager Automation Conditional Branching for Step Failure | Amazon EKS AMI Build Scripts Available on GitHub | Add Scaling to Services You Build on AWS | Announcing Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Preview) | Introducing Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager for EBS Snapshots | Amazon S3 Announces Increased Request Rate Performance | Amazon CloudFront announces four new Edge locations, including its first location in Cape Town, South Africa | Amazon CloudFront announces nine new Edge locations globally across major cities in North America, Europe, and Asia | Amazon Route 53 Expands Into Africa With New Edge Locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg | Amazon API Gateway Increases API Limits | Amazon API Gateway Usage Plans Now Support Method Level Throttling | Amazon API Gateway Supports Request/Response Parameters and Status Overrides | Automate Amazon GuardDuty Provisioning Over Multiple Accounts and Regions with AWS CloudFormation StackSets Integration | AWS Secrets Manager Now Supports AWS PrivateLink | AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store integrates with AWS Secrets Manager, and adds labeling for easy configuration updates | Delegate Permission Management to Employees by Using IAM Permissions Boundaries | AWS Lambda Supports .NET Core 2.1 | AWS Glue now provides additional ETL job metrics | AWS Glue now supports reading from Amazon DynamoDB tables | The Data Lake Solution Now Transforms and Analyzes Data | AWS Marketplace Helps Customers Quickly Map Products in Their Existing Software Inventory | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Resource Tags for More Efficient Access Control | Amazon SageMaker Supports High Throughput Batch Transform Jobs for Non-Real Time Inferencing | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Pipe Input Mode for Built-In TensorFlow Containers | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports k-Nearest-Neighbor and Object Detection Algorithms | Amazon SageMaker Announces Several Enhancements to Built-in Algorithms and Frameworks | AWS Service Catalog Now Supports Service Catalog Resources in CloudFormation | Kinesis Video Streams now supports HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) to playback live and recorded video from devices | Amazon Polly Now Lets You Define the Maximum Amount of Time for Speech to Complete | Amazon Polly Now Supports Input Character Limit of 100K and Stores Output Files in S3 | Amazon Polly Adds Bilingual Indian English/Hindi Language Support | Amazon Translate Adds Six New Languages | Amazon Transcribe Now Lets You Designate Your Own Amazon S3 Buckets to Store Transcription Outputs | Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Syntax Analysis | Amazon Rekognition Increases Accuracy of Text-in-Image | AWS AppSync releases enhanced no-code GraphQL API builder, HTTP resolvers, and new built-in scalar types | Introducing the Serverless Bot Framework | AWS SAM CLI Launches New Commands to Simplify Testing and Debugging Serverless Applications | AWS Device Farm Adds Integration with AWS CodePipeline | Amazon Aurora Serverless Brings Serverless Computing to Relational Databases | Amazon RDS now Provides Best Practice Recommendations | Copying Amazon RDS Encrypted Snapshots across Regions now Completes Faster with Less Storage | Amazon RDS Performance Insights on RDS for PostgreSQL | Performance Insights is Available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK Enhancements | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Adds Support for Encryption at Rest | Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables Now Available in Three Additional Asia Pacific Regions | Amazon Redshift announces free upgrade for DC1 Reserved Instances to DC2 | Amazon Redshift now provides customized best practice recommendations with Advisor | Amazon Redshift now supports current and trailing tracks for release updates | Amazon Redshift announces new metrics to help optimize cluster performance | Amazon Redshift announces support for lateral column alias reference | Amazon Redshift automatically enables short query acceleration | Amazon Redshift announces support for nested data with Redshift Spectrum | Elastic Load Balancing Announces Support for Redirects and Fixed Responses for Application Load Balancer | AWS IoT Device Defender - Now Generally Available | AWS IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Step Functions Action | Stream data 65% faster with 5x higher fan-out using new Kinesis Data Streams features | Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports zero downtime, in-place version upgrades | Announcing the New AWS Free Tier Widget on the AWS Billing Dashboard | New AWS Public Datasets Available from Allen Institute for Brain Science, NOAA, Hubble Space Telescope, and Others |
Aug 19, 2018
#258: Automating Things the NoOps way with AWS Partner Cognizant
What kinds of things can you automate with AWS Lambda to operate a 'NoOps' style? Simon is joined by Paras (AWS) and Raghu (Conizant) to discuss what they have done. Shownotes:
Aug 12, 2018
#257: An Introduction to AWS PrivateLink
Did you know that AWS PrivateLink provides private connectivity between VPCs, AWS services, and on-premises applications, securely on the Amazon network? Learn how in this episode!
Aug 05, 2018
#256: Using IoT For Smart Cities
How do Smart Cities actually work? Simon speaks with Craig Lawton (AWS IoT Specialist Solutions Architect) all about it!
Jul 29, 2018
#255: Building Deployment Pipelines - Interview with LEAP Dev
Simon speaks with Gavin Smith (IT Manager) and Saman Tabatabaeian (Senior Cloud Engineer) from LEAP Dev about how they built an automated build pipeline that deploys containers to up to 10 AWS Regions at a time! Shownotes:
Jul 22, 2018
#254: Understanding Amazon Comprehend
Do you want to unlock the meaning in text files? Have you wanted to understand and act upon customer sentiment from comments, reviews or even call-centre recordings? Simon is joined by Sireesha Muppala (AWS Solutions Architect) to show you how. Shownotes: Amazon Comprehend: Customer Review Sentiment Analysis: Batch Mode for Amazon Comprehend:
Jul 15, 2018
#253: July Update Show
Simon takes you through another BIG set of updates - what will catch your imagination? Shownotes: AWS re:Invent 2018: AWS Public Sector Summit Canberra: Amazon QuickSight announces Pay-per-Session pricing, Private VPC Connectivity and more! | Introducing Amazon EC2 M5d Instances | Amazon Polly Introduces a New French Female Voice, Léa | Amazon Neptune is now generally available to build fast, reliable graph applications | Amazon Athena releases support for Views | Amazon Redshift Can Now COPY from Parquet and ORC File Formats | Amazon DynamoDB Announces 99.999% Service Level Agreement for Global Tables | Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore Regional Expansion | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK for Go Now Available | Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon RDS for Oracle | Announcing General Availability of Performance Insights | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Read Replicas now support Multi-AZ Deployments | AWS Database Migration Service Can Start Replication Anywhere in a Transaction Log | AWS Storage Gateway Adds SMB Support to Store and Access Objects in Amazon S3 Buckets | Amazon EBS Extends Elastic Volumes to Support EBS Magnetic (Standard) Volume Type | AWS CloudFormation StackSets Supports Multiple Execution Roles and Selective Update Operation on Stack Instances | Introducing CloudFormation Support for AWS PrivateLink Resources | Application Load Balancer Simplifies User Authentication for Your Applications | Amazon MQ Now Supports AWS CloudFormation | Application Load Balancer Adds New Security Policies Including Policy for Forward Secrecy | Amazon Cognito Now Supports Custom Domains for a Unified Login Experience | Amazon Cognito Protection for Unusual Sign-in Activity and Compromised Credentials Is Now Generally Available | AWS Shield Advanced Announces New Onboarding Wizard | AWS WAF Announces Two New Features | Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery is now available for Dedicated Instances | Amazon SageMaker Now Supports PyTorch and TensorFlow 1.8 | Amazon SageMaker now Provides Chainer integration, Support for AWS CloudFormation, and Availability in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region | Amazon SageMaker Inference Calls are now supported on AWS PrivateLink | Now Clone a Model Training Job on the Amazon SageMaker Console | Automatic Model Tuning is now Generally Available | Announcing AWS DeepLens support for TensorFlow and Caffe, expanded MXNet layer support, integration with Kinesis Video Streams, new sample project, and availability to buy on | Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes Now Generally Available | Amazon Sumerian Regional Expansions | Amazon Sumerian Regional and Feature Expansion | Amazon API Gateway Supports Private APIs | Amazon CloudWatch Adds VPC Endpoint Support to AWS PrivateLink | Announcing Amazon Linux 2 with Long Term Support (LTS) | AWS Introduces Amazon Linux WorkSpaces | Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math Supports Bulk Transformations | AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Includes All Management Events | Amazon ElastiCache for Redis announces support for Redis 4.0 with caching improvements and better memory management for high-performance in-memory data processing | AWS Config Introduces New Lower Pricing for AWS Config Rules | AWS Marketplace Launches New Website Workflow |
Jul 08, 2018
#252: Amazon Elasticsearch Service Updates
Simon chats with Jon Handler (AWS Principal Solutions Architect) about a raft of useful updates and new capabilities of the Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Shownotes: VPC Support: Encryption (What’s new): Cognito Support: Slow Logs Support: Slow Logs, deeper dive: Reserved Instances: ES 6.0: ES 6.2: PB Scale (I3s): SeunJeon: Instant access policy updates: GovCloud: All ES blogs on the databases blog:
Jul 01, 2018
#251: [Security and Compliance: GDPR Special#2] - Amazon GuardDuty
Amazon GuardDuty can be turned on with a single click and it doesn’t require deployment of software or security infrastructure. The service uses machine learning to monitor metadata for access activity, such as unusual API calls. GuardDuty also has threat detections that could be helpful to customers concerned with data privacy or facing regulations such as the EU’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). Listen to the podcast with Senior Product Manager Michael Fuller to learn how Amazon GuardDuty could be leveraged to meet your compliance considerations.
Jun 26, 2018
#250: Making the Best Use of AWS Regions, Availability Zones and More
This week Simon takes you into the world of AWS Infrastructure. Regions. Availability Zones, Edge locations and more! Great for a refresher or to pick up new tips! Shownotes: AWS Infrastructure Map: Insight into AWS Datacentres: Easier way to control access to AWS regions using IAM policies:
Jun 24, 2018
#249: Diving into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Simon is joined by Chris Checco (Business Development Manager, AI/ML, AWS) to talk about how customers can best start their AI/ML journey. Including key tips and pitfalls to avoid. Shownotes: Machine Learning on AWS: ML Labs:
Jun 17, 2018
#248: [Security and Compliance: GDPR Special#1] - AWS Key Management Service
AWS Key Management Service (KMS) makes it easy to create and control encryption keys, which could be used to meet encryption and deletion requirements like those associated with GDPR. Cryptographic deletion is the idea is that you can delete a relatively small number of keys to make a large amount of encrypted data irretrievable. Hear from Ken, general manager of AWS KMS, about best practices related to encryption, key management and cryptographic deletion.
Jun 12, 2018
#247: Diving Into AWS AppSync
Simon speaks with Ed Lima (AWS Solutions Architect) about AWS AppSync. What you can do with it, how it works and how to get started. Do you write mobile apps? Do you want data syncing? Do you need to integrate with a complex back-end? This is the episode for you! Shownotes: AWS AppSync: Ed's Blog Post: AWS Online Tech Talks: AWS re:Invent 2018:
Jun 10, 2018
#246: Service Update Mega-Show!
This week Simon takes you though an extensive set of things new and interesting - hopefully something for everyone! Shownotes: Amazon Aurora Backtrack – Turn Back Time - AWS News Blog | Amazon Aurora Publishes General, Slow Query and Error Logs to Amazon CloudWatch | Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports New X1 and X1e Instance Types | Amazon RDS Supports Outbound Network Access from PostgreSQL Read Replicas for Commercial Regions | Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is now available | Modifiable sqlnet.ora Parameters for RDS Oracle | AWS Database Migration Service Supports IBM Db2 as a Source | AWS Database Migration Service Supports R4 Instance Types | Amazon Redshift Adds New CloudWatch Metrics for Easy Visualization of Cluster Performance | AWS Storage Gateway VTL Expands Backup Application Support with NovaStor DataCenter | Amazon Macie Adds New Dashboard Making It Easier to Identify Publicly Accessible Amazon Simple Storage Service Objects | Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 Instances | Announcing General Availability of Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances | Introducing Amazon EC2 Fleet | Introducing Amazon EC2 C5d Instances | introducing-amazon-ec2-c5d-instances/ Amazon EC2 Spot Instances now Support Red Hat BYOL | Get Latest Console Output on EC2 Instances | Amazon ECS Service Discovery Supports Bridge and Host Container Networking Modes | Amazon ECS Adds SSM Parameter for Launching ECS-Optimized EC2 Instances using AWS CloudFormation | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Apache Tomcat v8.5 and Apache HTTP Server v2.4 | AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Health Events in Amazon CloudWatch Logs | Application Load Balancer Announces Slow Start Support for its Load Balancing Algorithm | Application Load Balancer and Network Load Balancer now Support Resource- and Tag-based Permissions | Amazon Simple Queue Service Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in 13 Additional Regions | AWS CloudFormation now Supports AWS Budgets as a Resource for CloudFormation Templates, Stacks, and StackSets | AWS CloudFormation Supports FIPS 140-2 Validated API Endpoints in US Regions | AWS Auto Scaling Scaling Plans Can Now be Created Using AWS CloudFormation | Amazon Translate is now supported in AWS Mobile SDK for Android and iOS | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Administrative Controls for Limiting File Movement, Clipboard, and Printing | Amazon Inspector Adds Ability to Run Security Assessments on Amazon EC2 Instances Without Adding Tags | The AWS Organizations Console is Now Available in Eight New Languages | Amazon Cognito Now Supports the Capability to Add Custom OIDC-providers | Alexa now lets you schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in your calendar | Amazon Chime brings Meetings and Chat to Your Browser with a New Web Application | The AWS Secrets Manager Console Is Now Available in Italian and Traditional Chinese | Amazon Inspector Now Supports Amazon Linux 2018.03 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS | Higher Throughput Workflows for AWS Step Functions | New Developer Preview: Use Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills | AWS CodeCommit Supports Branch-Level Permissions | AWS CodeBuild Adds Support for Windows Builds | AWS CodeBuild Supports VPC Endpoints | AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Local Testing and Debugging | AWS CodePipeline Supports Push Events from GitHub via Webhooks | AWS SAM CLI Simplifies Building Serverless Apps with the SAM init Command | Optimized TensorFlow 1.8 Now Available in the AWS Deep Learning AMIs to Accelerate Training on Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 Instances | AWS Systems Manager Helps You Collect Inventory on All Managed Instances in a Single Click | Amazon WorkSpaces Introduces Mouse Support on iPad Devices | Lambda@Edge Adds Support for Node.js v8.10 | Major Updates Come to Script Canvas with Lumberyard Beta 1.14 – Available Now | Introducing Real-Time IoT Device Monitoring with Kinesis Data Analytics | Introducing the IoT Device Simulator | What's New with Amazon FreeRTOS - Amazon Web Services | Introducing Amazon GameLift Target Tracking for Autoscaling | Copying Encrypted Amazon EBS Snapshots Under Custom CMK now Completes Faster With Less Storage | Amazon GuardDuty Adds Capability to Automatically Archive Findings | Monitor your Reserved Instance coverage by receiving alerts via AWS Budgets | Stream Real-Time Data in Apache Parquet or ORC Format Using Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose | Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics Application Monitoring using Amazon CloudWatch | Amazon EMR now supports M5 and C5 instances | Thinkbox Deadline Supports 3ds Max 2019 and Vue 2016 | Amazon Elasticsearch Service Offers Additional Cost Savings with Reserved Instances | Announcing Amazon EC2 H1 Instances Price Reduction | AWS Service Catalog Launches Ability to Copy Products Across Regions | AWS Service Catalog Introduces the Ability to Chain the Launch of Multiple Products | Amazon DynamoDB Encryption Client Is Now Available in Python | AWS Config Adds Support for AWS X-Ray | AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Lambda | AWS Amplify Introduces Service Worker Capabilities to Enable High-Quality Progressive Web Apps. | Amazon Sumerian is Generally Available |
Jun 03, 2018
#245: Cost Optimization For EC2
How do you approach cost optimisation for EC2? Peter Shi and Spencer Marley (Commercial Architects) speak with Simon about some of the most common techniques customers can use. Cost Optimisation:
May 27, 2018
#244: Building Your Own Q & A Bot
Building Your Own Q & A Bot Do your customers have questions they need answered 24/7? Ever wanted to build your own Q & A Bot? John Calhoun, AWS Solutions Architect, joins Simon to show you how! Shownotes: Q & A Bot Building Blog: Amazon Lex: Amazon Elasticsearch Service:
May 20, 2018
#243: Have You Heard of the Essential 8?
Customers around the world strive to maintain a high security posture. But how is this best achieved? The Australian Signals Directorate recommends the “Essential 8” mitigation strategies that organisations should apply. Simon is joined by John Hildebrandt, AWS Principal Solutions Architect, to discuss his recent blog post that shows you how you can implement these mitigations using AWS in new and efficient ways. Shownotes:
May 13, 2018
#242: Using Built-in Algos with Amazon SageMaker
Did you know there are more than 10 built-in ML algos you can use when doing Machine Learning with Amazon SageMaker? Simon is joined by Julien Simon (Principal AI//ML Evangelist, AWS EMEA) to discuss how to use them best! Shownotes: Amazon SageMaker: Built-in Algorithms: Amazon SageMaker Examples on GitHub:
May 06, 2018
#241: Service Update Show
Another big round up of useful new capabilities for customers! Shownotes: Announcing S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, a New Amazon S3 Storage Class | Amazon S3 Select Is Now Generally Available | Amazon DynamoDB Adds Support for Continuous Backups and Point-In-Time Recovery (PITR) | Amazon DynamoDB Encryption at Rest Now Available in Additional Regions | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Enables Custom Branding | AWS Cloud9 Supports Local Debugging of AWS Lambda Functions in Python | AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v8.10 | AWS CloudFormation Now Supports Launch Templates | AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Implementation is Now Open-source - Amazon Web Services | Introducing Service Discovery for Amazon ECS | AWS Fargate Platform Version 1.1 Adds Support for Task Metadata, Container Health Checks, and Service Discovery | AWS AppSync now Generally Available (GA) with new GraphQL Features | AWS Amplify Adds Support for GraphQL and AWS AppSync Enabling Real-time Data Capabilities in JavaScript Applications | AWS X-Ray Adds Support for Customer Managed AWS KMS Keys | Amazon API Gateway Supports Cross-Account AWS Lambda Authorizers and Integrations | Amazon API Gateway Supports Resource Policies for APIs | Introducing AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority | Longer Sessions For IAM Roles | sessions/ Enable Trusted Organization Access in AWS Organizations | Increase User Logon Performance in AWS Managed Microsoft AD | New Multi-Account, Multi-Region Data Aggregation Capability in AWS Config | Introducing AWS Firewall Manager - Amazon Web Services (AWS) | Introducing AWS Secrets Manager - Amazon Web Services (AWS) | Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math | Amazon CloudWatch Events Adds Amazon SQS FIFO as an Event Target | Amazon CloudWatch Adds Route 53 Logs to Vended Logs | Making Easier to Track Your Amazon EBS Volume State | Resource Groups Tagging API | AWS Systems Manager Adds Patch Management for CentOS Linux | AWS Config Notifications Are Now Integrated with Amazon CloudWatch Events | Amazon Connect Automated Outbound Calling is Now Generally Available | Amazon Connect Federated Single Sign-On Using SAML 2.0 is Generally Available | Amazon Elasticsearch Service Simplifies User Authentication and Access for Kibana with Amazon Cognito | Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data in Transit | Apache MXNet Model Server Adds Container Support for Scalable Model Serving | AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized TensorFlow 1.6 for Amazon EC2 P3 and C5 Instances | Amazon SageMaker has Open Sourced TensorFlow 1.6 and Apache MXNet 1.1 Docker Containers with Support for Local Mode, and More Instance Types Across All Modules | Amazon Translate is Now Generally Available | Amazon Transcribe is Now Generally Available | Amazon Polly Increases Character Limits | Amazon Rekognition Improves Accuracy of Real-Time Face Recognition and Verification | Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) now Supports AWS PrivateLink | Amazon Athena releases an updated JDBC driver with support for Array data types | Amazon QuickSight Adds New Data Connectors to Popular Business Apps and JSON | AWS Batch Adds Support for Automatic Termination with Job Execution Timeout | Announcing Enhancements to AWS Auto Scaling | Announcing 4 Free Digital Training Courses on New AWS Services | Announcing the AWS Certified Security - Specialty Exam | AWS Elemental MediaConvert Introduces Basic Pricing Tier | Identify Opportunities for Amazon RDS Cost Savings Using AWS Cost Explorer's Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations |
Apr 29, 2018
#240: AWS Answers for Log Centralization and Game Analytics
Call in the Solutions Builders! In this episode Simon speaks with Garvit Singh and Tom Horton from the AWS Solutions Builder team about the solutions for Centralised Logging and Game Analytics. Centralised Logging Solution: Gaming Analytics Pipeline:
Apr 22, 2018
#239: Tales of Public Sector Customers Moving to the Cloud
How can Government Agencies take advantage of the cloud to deliver better citizen services? Mark Ryland (Director of Solutions Architecture, AWS) chats with Simon about customer experiences in this sector, and what he has seen work. Shownotes Addressing Data Residency with AWS: AWS in the Public Sector: FINRA: DigitalGlobe:
Apr 15, 2018
#238: Chaos Engineering and Architecture with Adrian Cockcroft
Simon speaks with Adrian Cockcroft (VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS) about the domain of Chaos Engineering and Architecture. They also discuss AWS activity in the Open Source community. Shownotes: Adrian’s 2017 re:Invent Presentation: Drift Into Failure: Netflix Chaos Engineering: Open Source at AWS:
Apr 08, 2018
#237: Improving Lives of People With Special Needs
Technology can enable people with Special Needs to access more services than ever before, and improve their quality of life. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly about some of the things people are doing with Amazon Polly to make this possible.
Apr 02, 2018
#236: Service Update Show
It is update time! Simon shares a great selection of new things for customers - what will be your favourite? Shownotes: Amazon Polly Gives WordPress a Voice! - AWS Machine Learning Blog | Amazon Polly New Phonation Tag Enables You to Create Softer Speech | Amazon Connect Adds Speech Synthesis Markup Language Support for Amazon Lex Chatbots | Announcing Responses Capability in Amazon Lex and SSML Support in Text Response | Now Export and Import your Amazon Lex Chatbot Schema | Amazon DynamoDB Now Supports Server-Side Encryption at Rest | Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Releases SDKs for Python and .NET, Support for T2 Instances, and now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions | Amazon Cognito Simplifies User Migration | Amazon ECS Adds New Endpoint to Access Task Metrics and Metadata | AWS Fargate Supports Container Workloads Regulated By ISO, PCI, SOC, and HIPAA | Target Tracking Available for Container Service Auto Scaling in Amazon ECS Console | AWS Shield now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail | Amazon GameLift Introduces Backfill Functionality to FlexMatch, the Dynamic Matchmaking Service for Multiplayer Experiences | Amazon GameLift FleetIQ and Spot Instances Reduce Costs by up to 90% | New AWS Direct Connect sites land in Paris and Taipei | Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in Nine Additional AWS Regions | Longer Format Resource IDs are Now Available in Amazon EC2 | AWS AppSync Adds new GraphQL Functionality and Removes Whitelist Approvals from Preview | AWS AppSync Expands to Three New Regions, Adds API Key Extension Feature | AWS Config Adds Support for AWS WAF RuleGroups | New Products for Managed Rules on AWS WAF | Amazon Inspector Now Supports Windows Server 2016 | AWS Trusted Advisor's S3 Bucket Permissions Check Is Now Free | Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles | Network Load Balancer now Supports Cross-Zone Load Balancing | Auto Scaling in Amazon SageMaker is now Available | AWS DeepLens Announces the Ability to Directly Import Models from Amazon SageMaker | Introducing the Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity | AWS Serverless Application Repository Now Generally Available | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Copying Images Across AWS Regions | Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS Batch as an Event Target | AWS Service Catalog Announces AutoTags for Automatic Tagging of Provisioned Resources | AWS Service Catalog Launches Brand Your Console to Deliver a Customizable User Experience | AWS Storage Gateway Expands Automation with New CloudWatch Event, and Support for "Requester Pays" Buckets | Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Supports Scalar JSON and Ion Data Types | PostgreSQL 10 now Supported in Amazon RDS | AWS GovCloud (US) Region Adds Third Availability Zone | AWS Snowball Now Available in AWS Singapore Region |
Mar 25, 2018
#235: Elections on AWS
Elections and their associated campaigns are important, complex and an great example of a “spikey one shot deal workload”. Simon speaks with Michael Jackson (Strategy Lead, State & Local Government, AWS) and Leo Zhadanovsky (Principal Solutions Architecture, AWS) about how Elections are run on AWS and some great “war stories” from past campaigns. Shownotes:
Mar 19, 2018
#234: A History of the AWS Blog
Simon is joined by Jeff Barr, Ana Visneski & Daniel Westermann-Clark to discuss why the AWS Blog exists, how it gets produced and a few other interesting things you might want to hear about!! The AWS Blog:
Mar 06, 2018
#233: Integrating SFTP and Enterprise Challenges with Thorn Technologies
Do you have SFTP in your environment? How about need to do a lift-and-shift of a high volume system? Simon speaks with Jeff Thorn, CEO of Thorn Technologies about how they have helped customer overcome these and other challenges using AWS. Shownotes: SFTP gateway: SMS Cloud Migration: Mobile Banking in AWS:
Mar 05, 2018
#232: Diving Into AWS WAF
What is a WAF and why would you use it? Simon speaks with Sundar Jayashenkar (Senior Product Manager, AWS) to get into some detail.
Feb 26, 2018
#231: Lessons From a New Amazonian
Simon chats with Sandy Carter (AWS VP of Enterprise Workloads) about her blog post where she discusses her experiences joining Amazon. Blog post:
Feb 19, 2018
#230: Service Update Show
Simon & Jeff get together to review a raft of updates large and small! Shownotes: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to Tag Their Elastic IP Addresses | Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Configurable Storage and Switching Between Hardware Bundles | Now available in Amazon SageMaker: DeepAR algorithm for more accurate time series forecasting - AWS Machine Learning Blog | Amazon SageMaker BlazingText: Parallelizing Word2Vec on Multiple CPUs or GPUs - AWS Machine Learning Blog | Amazon Inspector no Longer Requires a Compatible Kernel for Rules Packages like Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) | vulnerabilities-and-exposures-cve/ Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Speeds Query Processing with Hash Join and Batched Scans | Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Natively Supports Synchronous Invocation of AWS Lambda Functions | Announcing Preview of Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility | AWS Developer Forums: Amazon S3 Inventory adds a time stamp | AWS Lambda .NET Core 2.0 Support Released - AWS Developer Blog | Announcing Go Support for AWS Lambda - AWS Compute Blog | Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now Available in Three More Regions | CloudWatch Introduces Tiered Pricing With up to 90% Discount for VPC Flow Logs and Other Vended Logs | Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.3 | New AWS Auto Scaling – Unified Scaling For Your Cloud Applications - AWS News Blog |
Feb 12, 2018
#229: Redefining Edge Computing
With the GA launch of AWS Greengrass and bundled support for embedded Lambda Compute in Snowball Edge appliances, AWS is broadening the scope of opportunity for customers with varying edge computing needs. Simon speaks with Todd Varland and Ian Perez Ponce about what "edge computing" really means and the emerging use cases they see across a range of industry sectors. They also discuss the value Snowball Edge delivers as a hybrid platform capable of providing ephemeral compute resources and petabyte-scale storage virtually anywhere. Shownotes: Get Started with AWS Greengrass: AWS Snowball Edge (including torture-test video!):
Feb 05, 2018
#228: Deep Dive into AWS Service Catalog
How do you manage fast time to market whilst maintaining governance in a large Enterprise? AWS Service Catalog can help! Simon speaks with Clive D’Souza (Global Head of Business Development for AWS Service Catalog) about how customers are modernising their governance and deployment processes.
Jan 29, 2018
#227: Migrating from the AWS CLI to Windows PowerShell
Simon speaks with Trevor Sullivan (Solutions Architect, AWS) about the capabilities of AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. Are you an AWS CLI fan? Are you a PowerShell guru? This episode is for you! Shownotes:
Jan 22, 2018
#226: Service Update Show
Simon reviews some of the updates to AWS services, a new Alexa Skill, a repository of all AWS re:Invent 2017 content as well as a black-belt tip! Shownotes: Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery | Elasticsearch 6.0 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service | Run Petabyte-Scale Clusters on Amazon Elasticsearch Service Using I3 instances | Encryption at rest now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service | AWS Storage Gateway adds upload notifications, MIME-type detection, SUSE Linux support and additional features to File Gateway | Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now alerts you when any M out of N metric datapoints in an interval are above your threshold | Amazon CloudWatch now supports two new chart visualization options in metrics and dashboards | Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS CodeBuild as an Event Target | Amazon CloudWatch Logs now Supports KMS Encryption | New – Amazon CloudWatch Agent with AWS Systems Manager Integration – Unified Metrics & Log Collection for Linux & Windows - AWS News Blog | AWS CloudTrail Enhances Event History View and Search | AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate | You Can Now Automate Amazon AppStream 2.0 Agent Updates on your Streaming Instances | Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Tagging to Track Your Resources | Easily Apply Amazon Cloud Directory Schema Changes with In-Place Schema Upgrades | AWS Organizations Enhancements | AWS Single Sign-On – Cloud SSO Service - AWS | EFS File Sync Now Available in All Amazon EFS Regions | Use AWS Budgets advanced filtering options to extend your cost monitoring capabilities | Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types | Support for Apache Spark 2.2.1 with Amazon SageMaker integration and Apache Hive 2.3.2 on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0 | Amazon ECS Adds ELB Health Check Grace Period | AWS Direct Connect Update – Ten New Locations Added in Late 2017 - AWS News Blog | AWS Alexa Skill Now Available | AWS re:Invent 2017 Sessions & Podcast Feed | Specifying Parameter Values for the AWS Command Line Interface - AWS Command Line Interface | AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store - AWS Systems Manager |
Jan 15, 2018
#225: Building Your Data Lake Foundation
Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining about an AWS Quick Start available to get your Data Lake up and running fast!
Jan 08, 2018
#224: Serverless IoT Workloads at the Edge
How can you manage preventative maintenance without having to learn low level SCADA languages? Simon speaks with Shane Baldacchino (Solutions Architect, AWS) about applying AWS Greengrass, AWS Step Functions and AWS Lambda@Edge. Watch Shane’s AWS DevDay Session: AWS IoT Blog:
Jan 01, 2018
#223: Bringing Characters to Life with Amazon Polly Text-to-Speech
Gaming, media and entertainment have never been bigger business. Amazon Polly makes it easy to add voice for both static and dynamic content; developers can animate avatars and highlight text as it is currently spoken in mobile apps and video games, or vocalize dynamic content on the fly. Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly and Felix Duchesneau, Software Development Manager for Amazon Lumberyard. They share a few of the ways in which text-to-speech can be used to lower cost and increase efficiency for (pre-production/ production/localization) development, increase accessibility, and enhance overall user experience with voice commands.
Dec 25, 2017
#222: Getting AWS Answers
You have AWS questions? We have answers! Simon speaks with Garvit Singh (Solutions Builder) and John Stamper (Principal Solutions Builder) about solutions that have been built for use by AWS customers. These are fully deployable via AWS CloudFormation and available as Open Source as both a complete solution or the basis for your own extensions. Shownotes: AWS Answers Site: AWS Multiple Account Security Strategy: Serverless Image Processing: Serverless Data Lake: EFS-to-EFS Backup:
Dec 18, 2017
#221: So What Does a Technical Account Manager Do These Days?
Simon speaks with Jenny Davies and Marc Napoli (both Technical Account Managers at AWS) to learn more about what the role entails and how they help customers. Shownotes: Interested in a TAM Role? visit and search for "TAM" AWS Enteprise Support:
Dec 11, 2017
#220: AWS re:Invent 2017 Day 2 Update
Simon takes you through even more news from re:Invent 2017! Shownotes: Announcing Alexa for Business: Using Amazon Alexa’s Voice Enabled Devices for Workplaces - AWS News Blog | AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions | Set Concurrency Limits on Individual AWS Lambda Functions | AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions | AWS Lambda Introduces Enhanced Console Experience | Get Ready for the AWS Serverless Application Repository - AWS News Blog | Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service | AWS Cloud9 – Cloud Developer Environments - AWS News Blog | Announcing New AWS Deep Learning AMI for Microsoft Windows | Amazon API Gateway Supports Endpoint Integrations with Private VPCs | Announcing Support for Inter-Region VPC Peering | Introducing Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instances | T2 Unlimited – Going Beyond the Burst with High Performance - AWS News Blog | Introducing Spread Placement Groups for Amazon EC2 | Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management | Keeping Time With Amazon Time Sync Service - AWS News Blog | Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master | In The Works – Amazon Aurora Serverless - AWS News Blog | Over-the-air updates, access to local resources, and OPC-UA industrial protocol adapter now available on AWS Greengrass | Ready-to-Use Managed Rules Now Available on AWS WAF |
Dec 01, 2017
#219: AWS re:Invent 2017 Day 1 Update
Simon covers a raft of the announcements made at the re:Invent Keynote and other announcements of note! Shownotes: New- AWS IoT Device Management - AWS News Blog | Presenting AWS IoT Analytics: Delivering IoT Analytics at Scale and Faster than Ever Before - AWS News Blog | In the Works – AWS IoT Device Defender – Secure Your IoT Fleet - AWS News Blog | AWS IoT 1-Click Overview - One click creation of an AWS Lambda trigger for any device | Announcing Amazon FreeRTOS – Enabling Billions of Devices to Securely Benefit from the Cloud - AWS News Blog | Amazon SageMaker – Accelerating Machine Learning - AWS News Blog | Amazon Comprehend – Continuously Trained Natural Language Processing - AWS News Blog | Amazon Transcribe – Accurate Speech To Text At Scale - AWS News Blog | Welcoming Amazon Rekognition Video: Deep-Learning Based Video Recognition - AWS News Blog | Amazon Kinesis Video Streams – Serverless Video Ingestion and Storage for Vision-Enabled Apps - AWS News Blog | AWS DeepLens – Get Hands-On Experience with Deep Learning With Our New Video Camera - AWS News Blog | S3 Select and Glacier Select – Retrieving Subsets of Objects - AWS News Blog | Amazon Neptune – A Fully Managed Graph Database Service - AWS News Blog | Amazon DynamoDB Update – Global Tables and On-Demand Backup - AWS News Blog | Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances with Direct Access to Hardware - AWS News Blog | M5 – The Next Generation of General-Purpose EC2 Instances - AWS News Blog | H1 Instances – Fast, Dense Storage for Big Data Applications - AWS News Blog | Amazon EC2 Update – Streamlined Access to Spot Capacity, Smooth Price Changes, Instance Hibernation - AWS News Blog | Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes - AWS News Blog | Introducing AWS Fargate – Run Containers without Managing Infrastructure - AWS News Blog | Amazon GuardDuty – Continuous Security Monitoring & Threat Detection - AWS News Blog | Introducing AWS AppSync – Build data-driven apps with real-time and off-line capabilities - AWS News Blog | AWS PrivateLink Update – VPC Endpoints for Your Own Applications & Services - AWS News Blog | AWS Lambda Supports Traffic Shifting and AWS CodeDeploy Deployments | Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments | Presenting Amazon Sumerian: An easy way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences - AWS News Blog | AWS Media Services – Process, Store, and Monetize Cloud-Based Video - AWS News Blog | AWS Systems Manager – A Unified Interface for Managing Your Cloud and Hybrid Resources - AWS News Blog | Amazon MQ – Managed Message Broker Service for ActiveMQ - AWS News Blog |
Nov 30, 2017
#218: Mega-Update Special
Simon takes you through a “Mega” set of updates and new things. Grab a coffee (he makes a recommendation!) and hopefully there will be at least one update that makes you smile! Links: How to Prepare for AWS’s Move to Its Own Certificate Authority: New Pricing for AppStream 2.0 for Qualifying Education Users: What’s New with AWS:
Nov 27, 2017
#217: Learning More with AWS Educate
Simon speaks with Ken Eisner, Senior Manager of Worldwide AWS Education Programs about AWS Educate. Are you an educator looking for up-to-date content for your curriculum? Are you a student wanting to get modern, relevant qualifications? Do you want to “re-skill” yourself with some of the most valued technical skills in the market? Take a listen to how the AWS Educate program can help - PLUS a special code for $150 of AWS Credit is shared in the episode (NOTE: code valid to 31st December 2017).
Nov 20, 2017
#216: Improving your Mobile Engagement with Amazon Pinpoint
App developers spend incredible time, resources, and effort to grow their app audiences, but once you've acquired a user, it's easier and cheaper to retain and engage them via messaging and notifications. In this podcast we introduce AWS Pinpoint for engaging with your users and getting app and user analytics to drive your business. Amazon Pinpoint:
Nov 13, 2017
#215: Look Who’s Talking? – Building Text-to-Speech Applications
Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, making it easy to develop applications that use high-quality speech to increase engagement and accessibility. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly to introduce Amazon Polly and walk through popular use cases in specific industries where Amazon Polly's natural sounding voices improve user experience and enables new ways to consume content: Learning/Education, Gaming, Content Creation and Telephony. Learn about real-world scenarios and examples of how to incorporate text-to-speech into their capabilities.
Nov 06, 2017
#214: VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud on AWS is now available to customers. Simon speaks with Andy Reedy, Manager of Solutions Architecture at AWS, about how it works and what customers can do with this capability.
Oct 30, 2017
#213: Diving into Amazon AppStream 2.0
Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that allows you to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser, without rewriting them. Simon speaks with Deepak Suryanarayanan, Senior Product Manager at AWS, about how customers can use AppStream 2.0 to deliver their applications more efficiently.
Oct 23, 2017
#212: A Big Round of Updates
Simon takes a walk through LOTS of the updates that have been happening for AWS Customers. Shownotes New – Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes - AWS Blog | Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their existing VPCs | New – Descriptions for Security Group Rules - AWS Blog | New – Stop & Resume Workloads on EC2 Spot Instances - AWS Blog | Amazon VPC NAT Gateways now support Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring and Resource Tagging | AWS VPN Update – Custom PSK, Inside Tunnel IP, and SDK update | Elasticsearch 5.5 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service | Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow Announces Support For Geoproximity Routing With Traffic Biasing | New Network Load Balancer – Effortless Scaling to Millions of Requests per Second - AWS Blog | Now Available – EC2 Instances with 4 TB of Memory - AWS Blog | Use OpenCL Development Environment with Amazon EC2 F1 FPGA Instances to accelerate your C/C++ applications, also F1 instances are now available in US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) Regions | Announcing: React Native Starter Project with One-Click AWS Deployment and Serverless Infrastructure - AWS Mobile Blog | Announcing enhancements to the Amazon Lex test console | Announcing support for synonyms and slot value validation on Amazon Lex | Now Specify Request Level Attributes with Amazon Lex | New Amazon Lex Built-in Slot Types for Phone numbers, Speed, and Weight, Available in Preview | Export your Amazon Lex chatbot to the Alexa Skills Kit | Apple Core ML and Keras Support Now Available for Apache MXNet - AWS AI Blog | AWS CodePipeline now provides notifications on pipeline, stage, and action status changes | Amazon Pinpoint Introduces Two-Way Text Messaging | Amazon Cognito Integrates with Amazon Pinpoint to Add Analytics for User Pools and Enrich Pinpoint Campaigns | Amazon Redshift now supports late-binding views referencing Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables | Custom Artifacts on AWS Device Farm - AWS Mobile Blog | Amazon Aurora Can Migrate Encrypted Databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL | Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Raspbian OS and Raspberry Pi Support | AWS Greengrass is available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. | AWS CloudTrail Enables Option to Add All Amazon S3 Buckets to Data Events | Amazon Kinesis Analytics improves application performance for high volume data streams | New Kinesis Analytics stream processing functions for time series analytics, real time sessionization, and more | AWS CloudFormation provides Stack Termination Protection |
Oct 16, 2017
#211: Data Warehouse Modernization
In this episode Simon speaks with Carla Cole (Vice President, Sales) and Mick Bass (Senior Vice President, Big Data Practice) at 47Lining along with Chris Perkins (AWS) about the AWS Quick Start for Data Warehouse Modernization and how you can get the most from it. AWS Quick Start: Jumpstart Consulting Offer: 47Lining:
Oct 09, 2017
#210: Fast Cars and Software with TRD
Simon speaks with Chris Andronaco Manager of Technology TRD about agile, developing software and what it takes to support high-performance car racing teams. TRD:
Oct 02, 2017
#209: A Look at Amazon Cognito
One of the biggest problems in the mobile application industry is optimizing the user on-boarding process. For most applications, you can't really monetize your app until a user has signed up. But implementing and managing all of the complex machinery needed to create a user identity and access systems is time consuming and not your core competency. App developers can save time, money, and effort by using AWS Cognito for on-boarding users and managing their identity, authorization, authentication, and resource access policies. Amazon Cognito:
Sep 25, 2017
#208: It is Update Time!
Simon takes you through a set of service updates large and small! Shownotes: AWS CloudFormation and DAX: VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB: RDS for Microsoft SQL Server: AWS Quick Start for Microsoft SQL Server: New Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio: Amazon SES Reputation Dashboard: AWS CloudTrail Event History for Everyone: Amazon EC2 G3 Instance Availability: Deadline 10: Amazon Route53 Updates: Amazon EFS Updates: AWS Ruby SDK: Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Update: Amazon Redshift Scalar UDFs:
Sep 18, 2017
#207: Alfresco AWS Quick Start
Did you want to get Alfresco up and running fast, securely and reliably on AWS? Listen to how Alfresco (Toni de la Fuente, Cloud Architect and Leader of Security Operations, Alfresco) and AWS (Santiago Cardenas, Partner Solutions Architect, AWS) created a Quick Start for you to do just that! Alfresco Content Services Quick Start: Alfresco Global Virtual Hack-a-thon: AWS Quick Start:
Sep 11, 2017
#206: Diving into AWS Device Farm
One of the biggest problems for mobile app developers is delivering quality applications that get high ratings and reviews in the app store. All it takes is a few bad ratings, and users will be unlikely to even download your application. One of the keys to producing quality mobile applications is thorough testing, but individual developers can't afford to own thousands of devices, let alone manage the infrastructure for running test harnesses against all those devices. In this episode, we introduce AWS Device Farm that lets mobile app developers test their apps against a wide array of mobile devices and catch bugs early so you can focus on introducing new features and functionality to delight your users rather than spending all your cycles responding to and fixing issues reported in reviews and rankings. AWS Device Farm: AWS Device Farm Plugins:
Sep 04, 2017
#205: More and More Updates
This episode takes you through a collection of handy updates to existing services, and a new Security whitepaper. Shownotes: AWS CodePipeline: AWS Budgets: AWS Service Catalog: Amazon Route 53: AWS Direct Connect: More .NET Core Support: AWS Price Reduction: AWS CloudFormation Updates: AWS WAF Rate-Based Rules: Using AWS WAF To Mitigate OWASP Top 10 : Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards:
Aug 28, 2017
#204: Lots of New Things!
In this episode Simon gets you caught up on some useful new services including those to help you with ETL, Migration and Data Leakage protection! Shownotes: AWS Glue: AWS CloudHSM: AWS Macie: AWS IAM Console: AWS Migration Hub: Amazon EFS Encryption at Rest: AWS Batch and CloudFormation: AWS SAM Local: EC2 Systems Manager Maintenance Windows: AWS CloudTrail in Amazon Lex:
Aug 21, 2017
#203: Diving Into Parameter Store
Where do you store your sensitive config info and passwords for your applications? In this episode Simon dives into the Parameter Store and how you can use it to protect and access your sensitive data. Shownotes: EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store: Interesting Articles about Parameter Store: Tagging for Parameter Store:
Jul 31, 2017
#202: The AWS Well-Architected Framework
Simon speaks with Philip “Fitz” Fitzsimons, Global Well-Architected Lead, and Herman Coomans, Senior Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Well Architected framework. They discuss what it consists of, how customers can apply it, and what they have learned. Well-Architected Site:
Jul 24, 2017
#201: A Raft of Updates
It is time again to catch up on a raft of updates for customers! This week’s updates include: AWS Trusted Advisor, Amazon Workspaces, AWS IoT Button, AWS Mobile Hub, Amazon ECS and Amazon DynamoDB just to name a few!
Jul 10, 2017
#200: Introduction to Apache MXNet on AWS
In this episode Simon talks about Apache MXNet on AWS with Julien Simon, Principal Technical Evangelist AWS. They discuss what it is and how to get started. Apache MXNet on AWS: Amazon EC2 P2 Instances: Julien’s Intro to MXNet Blog Posts:
Jul 02, 2017
#199: Innovation with Windows on AWS
In this episode Simon chats with Sandy Carter, Amazon VP of Windows & Enterprise Workloads, about the type of innovation companies can undertake, and how the Windows ecosystem on AWS fits into this. Links: Windows on AWS: Sandy’s Twitter Handle:  @Sandy_Carter Book:
Jun 25, 2017
#198 [Startup Stories Special #6] - Hiring for startups
In the early stages, hiring the right people can be as critical as an original great idea. In this episode we’re joined by Andrew Thompson, ex-VP of Engineering at Yoyo Wallet and Will Bentinck, Head of Careers at Makers Academy who talk about their views and approaches to startup recruitment. AWS Startup Stories webpage: Yoyo Wallet: Makers Academy: Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here:
Jun 23, 2017
#197: Changing your Business with Amazon Kinesis
Simon speaks with Roger Barga, General Manager for Amazon Kinesis, about how streaming is changing the way organisations are building systems and creating modern, responsive interactions with their customers. Useful Links: Amazon Kinesis: Hands-on Tutorial: Test Drive Using Demo Data: Test Data Generator: Amazon Kinesis posts on the Big Data Blog:
Jun 19, 2017
#196 [Startup Stories Special #5] - Going global with a startup
Having a scalable idea is a dream of any startup founder. But with multiple markets and countries to consider, putting that idea into action is a whole new ballgame. Hear how AWS customer and startup success Once, a dating app with a unique approach, nailed its global strategy, and how it’s accelerating growth in 11 countries and counting. AWS Startup Stories webpage: 
Once webpage: Access episode 5 cheat sheet by submitting your details here: 
AWS Summit London:
Jun 15, 2017
#195: Mapping Services to Regions and Lots of Updates
In this episode Simon discusses how to see which services are available in each AWS Region, gives you the long list of AWS Direct Connect locations plus a raft of other updates. Region Table: AWS Direct Connect Locations: AWS ElasticBeanstalk Updates: AWS Storage Gateway Updates: AWS Cognito Built-In User Experience: AWS IAM Policy Summary Updates: Cloud Directory Support for Typed Links:
Jun 12, 2017
#194 [Startup Stories Special #4] - Starting a challenger bank from scratch
This week in the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to Anne Boden, CEO & founder of Starling Bank, about her experience on building a mobile only bank from scratch, dealing with regulators, and launching a public API Marketplace. Enjoy! AWS Startup Stories webpage: Starling Bank: Starling Bank Marketplace website: Access episode 4 cheat sheet by submitting your details here: AWS Summit London:
Jun 08, 2017
193: Amazon EC2 Container Service Update
This week Simon recaps what has been happening in the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) world and how customers are taking advantage of some of the new capabilities.
Jun 05, 2017
#192: [Startup Stories Special #3] - Securing VC backing
In this episode of Startup Stories we cover VC funding and how to build longlasting relationships with investors. You will hear both sides of the story from Robin Klein, General Partner at VC fund Local Globe on what he looks for when making investments, and Hal Watts, CEO of tech-fashion Unmade, a company Robin invested in, on his experience finding investment. AWS Startup Stories webpage: 
Unmade webpage: 
 Local Globe webpage: Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here: 
AWS Summit London:
Jun 01, 2017
#191: New EBS Snapshot Cost Allocation plus AWS Training and Certification Portal
In a shorter episode, Simon takes you through the new Cost Allocation for EBS Snapshots and the new AWS Training & Certification Portal. AWS re:Invent 2016: Cost Optimizing Your Architecture: Practical Design Steps For Savings (ARC310): Cost Allocation for EBS Snapshots: Deleting EBS Snapshots: New AWS Training and Certification Portal:
May 29, 2017
#190: [Startup Stories Special #2] - Crowdfunding for startups
In the second episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren talks to two special guests innovating on AWS in the fintech space. Tom Blomfield, CEO and founder of Monzo, mobile-only bank, and Darren Westlake, CEO and co-founder of Crowdcube, the world’s first equity crowdfunding platform, discuss crowdfunding for startups. Enjoy! AWS Startup Stories webpage: 
Monzo webpage: Crowdcube webpage: Access episode 2 cheat sheet by submitting your details here: 
AWS Summit London:
May 25, 2017
#189: Removing What is Not Needed and Some Service Updates
In this episode Simon discusses the importance of re-visiting Services to ensure you reduce the amount of undifferentiated heavy lifting you have in your architecture. Then he covers a raft of updates big and small. Shownotes: AWS and Ionic: Amazon QuickSight updates: AWS Schema Conversion Tool updates: AWS CloudFormation support for AWS WAF on ALB: AWS CloudTrail with S3 Data Events: Auto Scaling Resource-Level Permissions: AWS CodeDeploy Updates: New Amazon S3 Console: Amazon Athena adds API/CLI Support: AWS X-Ray AWS Lambda Request Tracing GA:
May 22, 2017
#188: [Startup Stories Special #1] - OLIO – How a social startup took off
In this first episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren Mowry, Head of Startup Business Development and Venture Capital at AWS EMEA, talks to Tessa Cook, co-founder and CEO of food sharing app and AWS startup customer OLIO, about growing a social enterprise and building a loyal fan base with an almost non-existent marketing budget. AWS Startup Stories webpage: 
OLIO webpage: 
 Access the cheat sheet by submitting your details here: 
AWS Summit London:
May 18, 2017
#187: Data Lakes & IoT
Simon interviews Sri Elapolu, Senior Manager IoT Public Sector Practice, about Data Lakes, IoT and what customers are doing with the technology now and into the future. Shownotes: Smart Cities: City on a Cloud: C3IoT: Big Data on AWS: IoT on AWS:
May 15, 2017
#186: A Bumper Collection of Updates
This episode covers a bumper collection of things new and updated! Price reductions, new services, AI, ML, Big Data, FPGAs, Databases and more! The bumper list of shownotes:
May 08, 2017
#185: Updates and Services Working Better Together
Simon discusses a variety of updates and some great Services that now work even better together! City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: EC2 Run Command as a target for Amazon CloudWatch Events: Amazon EMR Instance Fleets: Instance Size Flexibility for EC2 Reserved Instances: Amazon SES IP Pre-Warming: Amazon Cloud Directory API Efficiency: Amazon API Gateway integrates with AWS Certificate Manager:
May 01, 2017
#184: Updates to Make Your Day
In this episode Simon catches you up on some new features and capabilities that just might make your day! AWS Resource Tagging API: Tag EC2 Instances & EBS Volumes on Create: Cost Saving Opportunities: Amazon CloudWatch Alarm Configuration Settings: IAM “plain english” Policy Summaries: AWS Lambda Support for Node.js v6.10: New AWS Direct Connect Locations: Amazon AppStream 2.0 Fleet Auto Scaling: AWS Database Migration Service using S3 as a Target:
Apr 23, 2017
#183: Lots of Updates
Simon covers a raft of changes, big and small, across a wide variety of services for customers. City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: New Amazon Aurora instance type support: Notifications for Amazon ECS-Optimized AMIs: AWS CodeBuild Expansion: The AWS Region Table: New AWS Stockholm Region: Amazon EFS in Sydney Region: Amazon ElastiCashe Backup & Restore: AWS Device Farm Updates:
Apr 17, 2017
#182: Start-up Interview - Turbot
In this episode Simon interviews Nathan Wallace, Founder & CEO at Turbot, about using AWS in large Enterprises with Software Defined Operations.
Apr 10, 2017
#181: Amazon Connect
In this episode Simon gives you an introduction to a new Customer Contact Centre in the cloud - called Amazon Connect.
Apr 03, 2017
#180: Amazon Lightsail
In this episode Simon talks about Amazon Lightsail with Emily Kruger, Product Manager for Amazon Lightsail. They discuss what it can be used for, and where customers get the most benefit.
Mar 27, 2017
#179: AWS Database Migration Service
Simon speaks with Paras Bhuva, AWS Partner Solutions Architect, all about the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Migration Tool. Where it is used and what customers need to know.
Mar 20, 2017
#178: Security in Serverless Architectures
In this special episode, Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Mark Nunnikhoven, Vice President, Cloud Research, TrendMicro and Adam Johnson, Cofounder at IOpipes. The discuss considerations for security in serverless architectures, with plenty of “war stories”!
Mar 10, 2017
#177: Even More Services Updates
Lots of updates this week as Simon does a “lightning look” as some interesting updates - with a special emphasis on getting data insights with very little work! Shownotes: Kinesis Firehose with Lambda - Data Insights Blog Post - Athena & AVRO: QuickSight scheduled updates: CodeCommit GIT Credentials: MySQL->MariaDB Migration: ECS Windows Containers: Schema Conversion Tool Updates: Cost allocation updates: Amazon Chime: Amazon GameLift supports all C++ & C# engines including Lumberyard, Unreal Engine & Unity:
Mar 03, 2017
#176: Lots of Service Updates & a Black Belt Tip
This week Simon takes you through a selection of more recent Service updates as well as a black belt tip! Shownotes: Attach IAM Role to Running EC2 Instance: Amazon EBS Elastic Volumes: Device Farm Flexible Timeouts: AWS CodeCommit viewing commit details and graph: IPv6 Regional Updates: Amazon ECS Placement Policies: Amazon ECS Container Instance Draining: Automate Container Instance Draining:
Feb 27, 2017
#175: Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Matt Wood
Simon sits down with Dr Matt Wood, GM of Artificial Intelligence at AWS, to talk about the emerging world of AI. They also do a little reminiscing of days gone by! Shownotes: Amazon Lex: Amazon Polly: Amazon Recognition: Apache mxnet:
Feb 17, 2017
#174: Amazon Elastic File System
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)
Feb 12, 2017
#173: AWS OpsWorks
In this episode Simon discusses AWS OpsWorks with Amir Golan, Senior Product Manager. They discuss what it can do, how customers use it - and its strengths in fleet management.
Feb 06, 2017
#172: Startup-Interview - Beme
In this episode Simon chats with Matt Hackett, CTO at Beme (now acquired by CNN), all about how Beme was built and some of the challenges of building video-related apps today vs in the “old days” at his time at Tumblr. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
Jan 27, 2017
#171: Serverless Special
A special extended episode this week discussing Serverless. Bryan Liston, Developer Advocate for AWS Serverless, speaks with Matt Weagle, Ant Stanley & Ben Kehoe. They discuss serverless architectures, testing and other fun topics! Shownotes: AWS re:Invent 2016 Audio Library: Building Serverless Applications: AWS Lambda:
Jan 23, 2017
#170: Scale & Security with Amazon ElasticSearch
In this episode Simon chats with Jon Handler, Principal Solutions Architect, about scaling and securing the Amazon ElasticSearch Service with some deeper-dive examples of what to do.
Jan 16, 2017
#169 - Backup Options in the Cloud
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about backup options to the cloud. They cover connector technologies, tiering and other considerations.
Jan 09, 2017
#168 - Start-Up Interview - Prevoty
In this episode Simon has a wide-ranging chat with Kunal Anand, CTO & Co-Founder of Prevoty, about building their product on AWS, the challenges of scale and the future of software architectures. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS
Dec 21, 2016
#167 - AWS Server Migration Service
In this episode Simon sits down with Shane Baldacchino, AWS Solutions Architect, to walk through the new AWS Server Migration Service.
Dec 19, 2016
#166 - Start-up Interview - Splash
Simon has a conversation with Conrad Rushing, VP Engineering at Splash. They discuss Docker, Continuous Deployment, Team Structure and lots of other goodies. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
Dec 13, 2016
#165 - Startup Interview - Bustle
In This Episode Simon chats with Steve Faulkner, Director of Engineering at Bustle about moving to a serverless architecture, and their open-source project called “Shep”. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Links:
Dec 11, 2016
#164 - Re:Invent Announcements Day 2
All the news from AWS Re:Invent 2016 - Day 2!
Dec 02, 2016
#163 - Re:Invent 2016 Day 1 Announcements
In this special episode Simon summarises all the announcements from Re:Invent 2016 - Day 1! Lots to cover - lots of exciting things to build with!
Dec 01, 2016
#162 Extra Pre Re:Invent Updates
A quick update from Las Vegas with some great announcements prior to the Keynotes. Shownotes: AWS Organisations: AWS Storage Gateway Update: AWS Storage Gateway Price Reductions: New Amazon S3 Capabilities: Amazon WorkSpaces Windows 10 Support:
Nov 30, 2016
#161 - Pre Re:Invent Updates
Recorded live in Las Vegas! Simon covers some AWS updates prior to a BIG week at AWS Re:Invent. Including ALB, S3, Glacier, IoT, Aurora and more! Shownotes: ALB/ELB: Amazon Aurora: Amazon Route 53: SQL Server Enterprise Edition: AWS Storage Updates:
Nov 26, 2016
#160 - When to use Object, Block or File Storage
In this episode Simon chats with Drew Meyer, Head of Product Marketing for AWS Storage Services all about the choice between Block, Object and File storage - and when to use each!
Nov 21, 2016
#159 - Start-up Interview - CareCloud
In this episode Simon chats with Josh Siegel, CTO at Care Cloud. They talk about building HIPPA-compliant software, moving fast and DevOps. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. CareCloud: Architecting for HIPAA Security and Compliance on AWS:
Nov 17, 2016
#158 - Start-up Interview - Kit
In this episode Simon has a discussion with Will Chiong, Software Engineer at They discuss building systems from scratch, monolith vs micro services, using Alexa and other architectural decisions made on the way. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
Nov 16, 2016
#157 - Start-up Interview - Betterment
Simon has a chat with Dustin Lucien, COO at Betterment. They discuss moving from hosting to the cloud. Building agile teams and how to handle scale and growth. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS Betterment:
Nov 13, 2016
#156 - Lots and Lots of Service Updates
In this episode Simon catches up on a whole raft of different service updates. New instance types, updates for developers, IPv6 support, Amazon Linux in containers & Windows 2016 support just to name a few!
Nov 07, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 155
In this episode Simon discusses AWS Quick Starts with Santiago Cardenas, Partner Solution Architect. They talk about how customers can launch meaningful workloads with just the click of a button and build upon them. Links:
Oct 30, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 154
In this episode Simon is joined by Dean Samuels and they talk about not one, not two, but THREE black belt tips!
Oct 24, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 153
In this episode Simon speaks with Willem Sundblad, CEO & Founder at Oden Technologies. They discuss the use of IoT in the manufacturing world, and how that is actually applied. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Oden Technologoes:
Oct 20, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 152
In this episode Simon chats with Anthony Johnson, CTO at Giphy ( They discuss moving from a monolith to micro services, changing team structure and the pronunciation of “GIF”. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS.
Oct 18, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 151
In this episode Simon chats with Avi Wilensky, Founder & Full Stack Developer, from Uphail. They discuss deployment approaches, scaling and automation. This Startup Spotlight is brought to you by Intel and AWS. Shownotes:
Oct 16, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 150
In this episode Simon & Jeff discuss the new way the AWS Week in Review is created - using input from people like you! A new, open, collaborative approach based right here:
Oct 10, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 149
In this Episode Simon covers a vast array of updates - something for everyone! Plus a security-related Black-Belt Tip! Links: RDS for PostgreSQL: Centralised Container Logs: Amazon EMR Encryption: Amazon API Gateway updates: YAML for AWS CloudFormation and more: AWS Service Catalog Policies: Auto-Rollback with AWS CodeDeploy: Visualizer Graph for AWS CodeCommit: New AWS CloudTrail Support: AWS OpsWorks Regional Endpoints: AWS CloudHSM in US West (Northern California): Kinesis Agent Updates: More Benefits in AWS Enterprise Support: Amazon EMR-DynamoDB Connector Open Sourced: AWS IAM Service Last Accessed Data:
Oct 03, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 148
In this episode Simon has a conversation with Abby Fuller from Start-Up She shares fascinating details about their architecture, the way they scale, and the challenges of working with low latency applications.
Sep 25, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 147
In this episode Simon chats with Andrew Kiggins, Security Solutions Architect, about best practices for DDoS Resiliency and a new white paper that is available with actionable steps for AWS customers.
Sep 19, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 146
In this episode Simon covers a raft of updates that have happened in the last few weeks - hopefully something for everyone! AWS CodeDeploy with Amazon CloudWatch Events: Amazon CloudFront HTTP/2 support: and Query String Whitelisting: Reader endpoint for Amazon Aurora: and Release 1.7 updates: AWS Config ALB Integration: Mobile Hub Integrate Tab: AWS Storage Gateway Console Update: Auto Scaling for EC2 Spot Fleets: AWS Elastic Beanstalk Nginx with Tomcat:, ALB support:, .NET enhancements: Amazon CloudWatch Logs Console enhancements: 50 Tags per AWS Resource: EC2 Auto Scaling Group Metric Improvements: Amazon WorkSpaces Updates: New Oldest Message Metric Amazon CloudWatch metric for Amazon SQS:
Sep 12, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 145
This week Simon interviews Jon Handler, Principal Solution Architect, about the Amazon ElasticSearch service. We discuss use cases, tips and tricks and how to best size and scale for different kinds of workloads.
Sep 05, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 144
In this episode Simon talks about in-memory databases with Darin Briskman, Developer Outreach at AWS. They discuss these types of database in general and, in particular, using Redis to make your system faster, some of the choices you need to make, and how Amazon ElastiCache can help.
Aug 29, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 143
Simon recaps a raft of updates you might have missed including some major updates to EMR, as well as a host of nifty changes in Amazon Machine Learning, AWS IoT and VPC just to name a few! Shownote Links:
Aug 22, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 142
This week Simon explores a raft of new features in services including S3, Kinesis, EBS, KMS to name a few, plus the new Application Load Balancer. Also a nifty set of "black belt" tips when using Node.js with Lambda. Shownote Links:
Aug 15, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 141
In this episode Simon has a conversation with Vibhor Rastogi who is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. Often there are questions as to what VCs are looking for in Startups, and conversely, what Startups should be looking for in VCs. Many startups use AWS as an efficient, low-cost and scalable platform to try out their ideas, with the ability to scale when they are successful. We discuss some of the nuances of the VC space, what VCs are looking for and how Intel Capital looks to invest in these types of businesses. As many of our listeners are running their own startup - we hope this is of real use! Statements in this document that refer to Intel’s plans and expectations for the quarter, the year, and the future, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A detailed discussion of the factors that could affect Intel’s results and plans is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the annual report on Form 10-K. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Aug 07, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 140
In this week’s episode, Simon wants to save you money! You might have heard about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances in the past. Maybe you even played with them a little. The capability has come a LONG way with new and interesting features that let customers reduce operating costs by up to 50-90%! We discuss things like Sport Fleet, Instance Termination Notification and a new Jenkins Plugin that uses Spot!
Jul 25, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 139
Keeping your systems secure is a constant effort, and should be a key focus. Fortunately we have more and more automation available at all points of the system development and deployment lifecycle. In this episode we take a look at the Amazon Inspector service and how it can automate security checking of your EC2 instances.
Jul 18, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 138
The world of Scientific Computing has been revolutionised by the Cloud. This week Simon speaks with Adrian White from the Scientific Computing team about how HPC and Scientific Computing has been transformed. Lots more information at
Jul 11, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 137
This week we explore the new Amazon Elastic File System and Elastic Network Adaptor. There is also a tip on some great free security-related training as well as some very cool updates to Amazon SNS!
Jul 04, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 136
In this episode we look again at EC2 instance types, and how by reviewing your application metrics and uses against the latest-generation instances available, you can save money and improve performance.
Jun 27, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 135
Security in the cloud is something everyone needs to be considerate of. AWS CloudTrail provides customers with a powerful capability to understand what is happening in their account, and to take action as appropriate.
Jun 21, 2016
AWS Podcast Episode 0
Jeff Barr & Simon Elisha discuss various aspects of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. Each podcast include AWS news, tech tips, and interviews with startups, AWS partners, and AWS employees.
Jun 02, 2016