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Simon Elisha and Jeff Barr discuss various aspects of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. Each podcast includes AWS news, tech tips, interviews with startups, AWS partners, and AWS employees.

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#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