AWS re:Invent 2017 Event Guide – Join Us There!

We’re now only 20 days out from one of the most renowned events of the year! You may have heard of it… AWS re:Invent? The largest gathering of the cloud computing community with over 40,000 people attending, 6 campuses, over 1000 technical sessions, hackathons, boot camps, more workshops, and opportunities to get certified. Tickets are selling fast, so get your ticket ASAP! If you can’t make it this year, you can register to view the keynotes each day here.

If you are attending, hopefully you made your schedule and RSVP’d for the popular sessions – they fill up fast. But don’t lose hope just yet! We’ve got an insider tip: if the sessions you want to attend are full, note that they only reserve up to 75% of the seats, so get there early and you may have a chance to be a walk-in.

Of course, that’s not our only tip. Here’s a full list of our recommended activities, hand-picked by our team, for creating unforgettable memories to make the most of your re:Invent experience!

THINGS TO DO AT RE:INVENT 2017

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Breakout Bonanza

So you’ve decided to go to re:Invent! While it’s easy to get distracted with the fun parties, vendors, and the idea of being in Vegas itself, remember the whole point of re:Invent is to learn and advance our AWS prowess, right? There are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities or breakouts to attend – it can seem overwhelming! But let’s first recap some basics:

There are three types of breakout content levels: introductory, advanced, and expert; and three different types of content types: sessions, workshops, and chalk talks. Chalk talks are brand new for 2017 and are an interactive hour-long format intended for a more intimate audience. There are also three different content venues: Aria, MGM Grande, and Venetian. re:Invent also has a plethora of session tracks, or topics, such as gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, healthcare, and serverless, just to name a few.

I decided to ask a couple of my peers on the AWS content team which breakouts they plan on attending and how that is going to shape our content for 2018! (more…)

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Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

There is a Cloud revolution under way. It has been going on for several years now, but recently, it’s significance has increased dramatically. Businesses, both large and small, are driven to the cloud to save costs, access more data, automate, and remain competitive. And as a result, there has been a huge increase in the demand for cloud engineers, cloud developers, and cloud security experts in the last year. Businesses need to hire professionals that have a demonstrated deep knowledge of the latest cloud enabled technologies, such as serverless computing, big data, machine learning, DevOps, functional programming, software controlled networking, IoT, cloud security, and much more. (more…)

A New Method of AWS Training

Prologue

A few years ago, I knew nothing of the cloud – I wasn’t even working in a traditional IT job.  Throughout my 20s, I was always more of a business guy; however, in my early 30s, I started to see the handwriting on the wall: Tech, and tech jobs, were the future.  And although my work experience to this point was on the business side, I grew up with a solid foundation in tech. Back in the early 90s, I was the first in my neighborhood to get online – name any early 90’s online platform (pre-AOL), and I had an account.  I ran a side business in high school upgrading computers with more RAM, hard disk space, and modems.  I also completed a few programing classes in high school (Pascal) and college (C).  I knew computers, and I knew tech, but I left that all behind as I progressed through college.

Fast-forward to eight years later, and I found myself being pulled back.  In the late 2000s, I started to notice all these inefficiencies in the company I was working for at the time. We lacked proper data analytics, and there were numerous workflows that could be automated in various departments. I began spending evening and weekends writing up ideas for various software applications we could build to help solve these issues.  Before I knew it, the company had an in-house development team building many of my ideas. Some worked very well and were very profitable for the company; others were not.  In the end, it reignited my love for tech, programming, gadgets, hardware, and software. Around 2013, I left that company in search of a new career. (more…)

Linux Academy and CloudBerry Labs

Linux Academy Partners with CloudBerry Lab

These days, it’s rare that you’ll find a company that isn’t leveraging the advantages of cloud services. Despite some of the obvious ones, such as security and increasing the efficiency of your IT systems, there are a surprising number of companies – particularly small to medium businesses (SMBs) – that aren’t taking advantage of the cloud to backup their data.

One of the reasons companies aren’t implementing cloud backup is that they lack the understanding or experience to do it properly. To combat this, Linux Academy has established a partnership with CloudBerry Lab to create a custom training course on how to design and implement backup strategies with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Jump Start Your Mobile App with AWS Mobile Hub

A few months ago, I had an idea for a mobile app that would be cool and useful. I had no delusions of hitting it big in the Apple or Android app — it was just a fun side project for myself. I had never built a mobile app before, and owning a Galaxy Note 4, I saw a great opportunity to teach myself Android Studio and build an Android app.   So I downloaded Android Studio, got it all setup, and watched some online tutorials to learn the basics. I then mapped out what I needed for my app, and this is when the feeling of dread set in. For my app to work, I needed: (more…)

What is High Availability?

Scalability, high availability, containers, fault tolerance and eventual consistency. Tech terms can be confusing to those new to server administration or development. In the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking down common — yet potentially confusing — terms you will undoubtedly come across in your learning journey.

wordavailClosely related to a system’s uptime and functionality is the concept of high availability. A highly available system ensures above-average availability for the users who are accessing your website, application or program.

Key points of high availability for a system are locating and removing all single points of failure, preventing data loss, and ensuring operational stability at peak times. This is primarily achieved through redundancy. (more…)