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

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#303: Are You Well-Architected?

How do you know if you have built your system the best way possible? How can you track this over time, and see and share improvements with others? The AWS Well-Architected Framework now has a customer-accessible tool - free to use! Simon speaks with "Fitz" (Philip Fitzimons) who leads the Well-Architected team at AWS about how customers can make the most of this new capability.Links:AWS Well-Architected Home Page: https://aws.amazon.com/architecture/well-architected/


17 Mar 2019

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#407: [What's New with AWS Well-Architected #6] Cost Optimization

Today Simon is joined by Nathan Besh, Principal Cost Solutions Architect for the AWS Well-Architected program, to learn all about the recent updates to the Cost Optimization Pillar of the Well-Architected Framework. They dig into the recent changes that were made, and discuss understanding and controlling where money is being spent, analyzing spend over time, and scaling to meet business needs without overspending.


10 Nov 2020

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#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: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon_s3/Amazon S3 Page: https://aws.amazon.com/s3Bucket Naming Standards: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/BucketRestrictions.html


26 Aug 2018

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#366: Express Workflows with Tim Bray: Cheaper, Faster, Stronger

This week Tim Bray joins Simon to discuss a new capability in AWS Step Functions. Express Workflows are a new type of AWS Step Functions workflow type that cost-effectively orchestrate AWS compute, database, and messaging services at event rates greater than 100,000 events per second. Express Workflows automatically start in response to events such as HTTP requests via Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda requests, AWS IoT Rules Engine actions, and over 100 other AWS and SaaS event sources from Amazon EventBridge. Express Workflows is suitable for high-volume event processing workloads such as IoT data ingestion, streaming data processing and transformation, and high-volume microservices orchestration. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-step-functions-express-workflows-high-performance-low-cost/


26 Apr 2020

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#329: Choosing a Database Platform

It is 2019 and there are 329 different databases being tracked by db-engines.com - how do you know which one to use for which problems? Simon speaks with Randall Hunt to explore the basics of modern database types and specific implementations.AWS Databases: https://aws.amazon.com/products/databasesAdvanced Design Patterns for Amazon DynamoDB: https://youtu.be/HaEPXoXVf2k


25 Aug 2019

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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.


27 Jun 2016

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#293: Diving into Data with Amazon Athena

Do you have lots of data to analyze? Is writing SQL a skill you have? Would you like to analyze massive amounts of data at low cost without capacity planning? In this episode, Simon shares how Amazon Athena can give you options you may not have considered before.Shownotes:Amazon Athena: https://aws.amazon.com/athenaTop 10 Performance Tips: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/top-10-performance-tuning-tips-for-amazon-athena/Using CTAS for Performance: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/using-ctas-statements-with-amazon-athena-to-reduce-cost-and-improve-performance/


27 Jan 2019

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#300: Amazon ElasticSearch Update

Do you have lots of data to search, analyze and visualize? The Amazon ElasticSearch service is used by customers large and small to do just that! Simon speaks with Jon Handler (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS) about some exciting new capabilities and also how to size, tune and optimize your clusters.Links:Amazon ElasticSearch: https://aws.amazon.com/elasticsearch-service/T-Shirt size blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/get-started-with-amazon-elasticsearch-service-t-shirt-size-your-domain/How many instances do I need? https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/get-started-with-amazon-elasticsearch-service-how-many-data-instances-do-i-need/How many shards? https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/get-started-with-amazon-elasticsearch-service-how-many-shards-do-i-need/Set alarms on CW metrics: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/get-started-with-amazon-elasticsearch-service-set-cloudwatch-alarms-on-key-metrics/re:Invent Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95kQkS51VnU


24 Feb 2019

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#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: https://aws.amazon.com/machine-learning/ML Labs: https://aws.amazon.com/ml-solutions-lab/


17 Jun 2018

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#287: Log Diving with Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights

Did you know you can work through Terabytes of log data in seconds with zero setup? Simon takes you through the capabilities of Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights and how you can use it to resolve issues faster.Documentation: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudWatch/latest/logs/AnalyzingLogData.htmlBlog Example: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-cloudwatch-logs-insights-fast-interactive-log-analytics/


6 Jan 2019

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#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! https://aws.amazon.com/products/storage/


21 Nov 2016

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#404: [What's New with AWS Well-Architected #5] Performance Efficiency

Today Simon is joined by Eric Pullen, Sr. Performance Solutions Architect for the AWS Well-Architected program, to learn all about the recent updates to the Performance Efficiency of the Well-Architected Framework. They dig into the recent changes that were made and focus on selecting the right resource types and sizes based on workload requirements, monitoring performance, and making informed decisions to maintain efficiency as business needs evolve.


3 Nov 2020

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#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: https://aws.amazon.com/pricing/cost-optimization/


27 May 2018

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#347: AWS re:Invent 2019 Episode 2

Simon gives you a summary of all the new announcements from Andy Jassy's keynote!Topic || AnalyticsAnnouncing Amazon Redshift data lake export: share data in Apache Parquet format | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-amazon-redshift-data-lake-export/Amazon Redshift introduces support for federated querying (preview) | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/amazon-redshift-federated-query-preview/Amazon Redshift introduces RA3 nodes with managed storage enabling independent compute and storage scaling | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/amazon-redshift-announces-ra3-nodes-managed-storage/Ultrawarm for Amazon ElasticSearch | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/announcing-ultrawarm-preview-for-amazon-elasticsearch-service/Topic || ComputeAnnouncing New Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g Instances Powered by Next-Generation Arm-based AWS Graviton2 Processors | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-new-amazon-ec2-m6g-c6g-and-r6g-instances-powered-by-next-generation-arm-based-aws-graviton2-processors/Introducing Amazon EC2 Inf1 Instances, high performance and the lowest cost machine learning inference in the cloud | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-amazon-ec2-inf1-instances-high-performance-and-the-lowest-cost-machine-learning-inference-in-the-cloud/Introducing AWS Compute Optimizer | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-aws-compute-optimizer/Introducing AWS Local Zone in Los Angeles, CA | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-aws-local-zone-in-los-angeles-ca/Announcing AWS Wavelength for delivering ultra-low latency applications for 5G | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-aws-wavelength-delivering-ultra-low-latency-applications-5g/Announcing General Availability of AWS Outposts | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-general-availability-of-aws-outposts/Amazon RDS on Outposts is available in preview | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/amazon-rds-on-outposts-available-in-preview/Run Serverless Kubernetes Pods Using Amazon EKS and AWS Fargate | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/run-serverless-kubernetes-pods-using-amazon-eks-and-aws-fargate/Topic || StorageAmazon S3 Access Points makes it simple to manage access at scale for applications using shared data sets on S3 | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/amazon-s3-access-points-manage-data-access-at-scale-shared-data-sets/Introducing Access Analyzer for Amazon S3 to review access policies | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-access-analyzer-for-amazon-s3-to-review-access-policies/Topic || DatabasesAmazon Managed Apache Cassandra | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-amazon-managed-apache-cassandra-service-now-in-preview/Topic || Machine LearningAmazon Sagemaker Studio | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-studio-the-first-fully-integrated-development-environment-for-machine-learning/Amazon Sagemaker Debugger | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-debugger-debug-your-machine-learning-models/Amazon Sagemaker Monitor | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-model-monitor-fully-managed-automatic-monitoring-for-your-machine-learning-models/Amazon Sagemaker | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-processing-fully-managed-data-processing-and-model-evaluation/Amazon Sagemaker Autopilot | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-autopilot-fully-managed-automatic-machine-learning/Amazon Sagemaker Experiments | https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sagemaker-experiments-organize-track-and-compare-your-machine-learning-trainings/Introducing Amazon SageMaker Support for Deep Graph Library (DGL): Build and Train Graph Neural Networks | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-deep-learning-graphs-with-dgl-sagemaker/Announcing Amazon Augmented AI: Easily Implement Human Review for ML Predictions | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-amazon-augmented-ai/Introducing Amazon Fraud Detector - Now in Preview | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-amazon-fraud-detector-now-in-preview/Announcing Amazon Kendra: Reinventing Enterprise Search with Machine Learning | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-amazon-kendra-reinventing-enterprise-search-with-machine-learning/Topic || Networking and Content DeliveryAWS Transit Gateway now supports Inter-Region Peering | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/aws-transit-gateway-supports-inter-region-peering/Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager to Centrally Monitor Your Global Network | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/aws-announces-aws-transit-gateway-network-manager/Run IP Multicast Workloads in the Cloud Using AWS Transit Gateway | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/run-ip-multicast-workloads-aws-transit-gateway/Announcing Accelerated Site-to-Site VPN for Improved VPN Performance | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-accelerated-site-to-site-vpn-for-improved-vpn-performance/Amazon VPC Ingress Routing Makes it Easy to Insert Virtual Appliances in the Forwarding Path of VPC Traffic | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/amazon-vpc-ingress-routing-insert-virtual-appliances-forwarding-path-vpc-traffic/Topic || Security, Identity and ComplianceIntroducing AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-aws-identity-and-access-management-access-analyzer/Introducing Amazon Detective | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-amazon-detective/Topic || Customer EngagementIntroducing Seneca for Amazon Connect | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-seneca-amazon-connect/Topic || Developer ToolsAWS announces Amazon CodeGuru for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations | https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/aws-announces-amazon-codeguru-for-automated-code-reviews-and-application-performance-recommendations/


3 Dec 2019

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#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: http://aws-reinvent-audio.s3-website.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/2016/2016.htmlBuilding Serverless Applications: https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/serverless-architectures-learn-more/AWS Lambda: https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/


23 Jan 2017

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#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: https://aws.amazon.com/containers/Open Source at AWS:Twitter: https://twitter.com/awsopenBlog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/Website: http://opensource.aws/SIG AWS Projects/Proposals:https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/aws-iam-authenticator https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/aws-alb-ingress-controller https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/aws-encryption-providerAWS CSI Driver: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1402fABi-zye5eAkFXxUxlHCl2Nf1tM9aT3zk0qyDVbI/edit#heading=h.bg3m8x9rmsPod identity access: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V_B24zNLInLPRIPRXQeKj4JAJDUvKe-hZPJvrgx80yQ/edit#heading=h.gddgfhr5yaii


30 Sep 2018

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#352: Advanced Encryption Strategies for Beginners

Customers often have advanced use cases for encryption, like encrypting to multiple recipients, or caching data keys. These can be challenging to get right if you're trying to implement it yourself. The good news is, AWS has released open source tools that make all of that relatively easy. In this episode we'll talk about encryption use cases and the best tools to solve them.https://aws.amazon.com/security/ https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/introducing-s2n-a-new-open-source-tls-implementation/


20 Jan 2020

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#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!https://aws.amazon.com/privatelink/


5 Aug 2018

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#285: New Runtime Experiences in AWS Lambda

Simon speaks with three Software Development Engineers (SDEs) from Amazon who worked on various aspects of the new AWS Lambda runtime capabilities. He is joined by Alex Wood, Bryan Moffatt and Marco Magdy who discuss the Layers experience, Ruby support, the C++ runtime and even COBOL!Shownotes:Layers: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/lambda/latest/dg/configuration-layers.htmlRuby Support: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/announcing-ruby-support-for-aws-lambda/C++ Runtime: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/introducing-the-c-lambda-runtime/COBOL and other runtimes: https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/partners/


23 Dec 2018

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#338: AWS Hybrid Cloud Storage

What are your choices when it comes to storage in a Hybrid world? Simon speaks with Chris Rogers about the considerations that customers should make and how to get the best out of their storage options.AWS Hybrid Cloud Storage: https://aws.amazon.com/products/storage/hybrid-cloud-storage/AWS Storage Gateway: https://aws.amazon.com/storagegateway/AWS DataSync: https://aws.amazon.com/datasync/Blog: Migrating hundreds of TB of data to Amazon S3 with AWS DataSync: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/storage/migrating-hundreds-of-tb-of-data-to-amazon-s3-with-aws-datasync/AWS SFTP: https://aws.amazon.com/sftp/AWS Snow Family: https://aws.amazon.com/snow/


20 Oct 2019

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