I had some time since coming home from AWS re:Invent to digest some of what I was able to gather during a long week of content. With all the sessions I attended and dozens of announcements, it is a lot to get your head around. One thing is clear – Amazon Web Services is firing on all cylinders.
Wednesday morning’s keynote had everyone talking. Andy Jassy knocked it out of the park taking us through a journey of announcement after announcement of new services that will give DevOps and AppDevs greater control over how they compose. His message was delivered through song lyrics from Lauryn Hill, George Micheal, Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty to draw a parallel between the composition of music and approach that technologies take. The focus was about having the freedom to use the right tools/ instruments to create something new and exciting.
Werner Vogel’s keynote on Thursday was a bit different but he did not disappoint. Werner only delivered a couple of announcements but the keynote went almost three hours about 21st Century Architecture “re: Imagined”. He started out focusing on the importance of a customer driven roadmap to deliver on the experiences that customers actually want. He then walked through AWS’ vision of how voice is going to be the next major disruption in computing. This led to the product announcement of Alexa for Business. Key integrations with other ecosystem products such as Office 365, a variety of conferencing systems, Ring Central, Salesforce, Concur, and Splunk are all positioned as helping your organization to be more streamlined with personal virtual assistant services.
Next, Werner went into a discussion on the Well-Architected Framework which is a collection of 5 pillars of advice and deep knowledge that include Operations Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency and Cost Optimization – core tenets for good cloud architecture practices. Every modern architecture should be built on these principles and when it comes to the security, Werner pointed out that we all have the responsibility for securing the architecture and protecting our customers when providing solutions and that it should be priority number 1 out of all of the principles.
In the end, through the myriad of announcements made at AWS re:Invent, Werner left us all with just two words: