Jyrki Tounas // July 28 2017

AWS Summit London calling…

Digitalist Group is an Amazon Web Services partner and part of our customer projects are built on the AWS environment. This is the the reason why we want to deepen our understanding and exploring new things within this area. This time I had the opportunity to join AWS Summit in London to deepen my knowledge.

The event was held on June 28, 2017 at the London ExCeL Exhibition Center with over 4000 participants. For the trip from the hotel to ExCel Arena I decided to use London underground, of course I did not hit the right train right away, and the trip took about 1.5 hours. So I was in a hurry to get in time to registration. After all, there was no hurry because the AWS Summit’s registration system had crashed (It happens to the bigger ones too). So I missed the Keynote, but the day was just beginning.

 

Serverless

Serverless has for some time been one of the keywords in cloud services. We’ve built services for AWS by including Scalability and High Availability, but when should we use serverless model?

 

 

The first presentation on this subject matter was “Getting Started with AWS Lambda and Serverless Cloud” by Ian Massingham Chief Evangelist, EMEA AWS. He introduced the basics of building serverless computing with Lambda, which lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. He also introduced how you can benefit  from features such as continuous scaling, built-in high availability, integrations with AWS and third party apps.

The speech was interesting and I started to think if some services in our customer environments could be done better with Lambda. So I decided to go talking with an AWS Architect in the “Ask an Architect” corner. With him we went through a couple of environments, and now I think I have ideas on what to do when I get back to the office.

Other interesting sessions that I attended were Deep Dive on microservices and Docker, and Deep dive on Elastic Load Balancing. There were plenty of other interest options as well, but I had to choose a few to attend.

 

 

Certification Lounge

The Certification Lounge was a place for the persons who has a valid AWS Certification. There I met couple of interesting AWS Professionals and we had very interesting conversations, but the star moment was when we met Dr. Werner Vogels; Chief Technology Officer, AWS. He held a speech, which was interesting and I interpreted that the main point was “Challenge everything and touch screen is out of date”.

 

Conclusion

I’m happy that Digitalist Group and Digitalist Network encourages experts to certify and link with other experts, as well as explore new options to resolve issues. These kinds of events are supporting this very well and I found this trip to be very rewarding and motivating. I also got some new insight that I can bring with me and share with my colleagues so that we can serve our customers even better in the future.

More information of AWS Summit London, like Session Slides can found from the event website.