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Co-hosted by AWS Solution Architects and Evangelists, Shane Baldacchino, Dr Pete Stanski, Dean Samuels and Gabe Hollombe.

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Co-hosted by AWS Solution Architects and Evangelists, Shane Baldacchino, Dr Pete Stanski, Dean Samuels and Gabe Hollombe.

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Fair source of news; painful to listen to

By Hax4Bux - Nov 07 2016
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I like to run podcasts while I am programming. AWS is a busy place, so I appreciate a podcast which saves me the trouble of reading AWS blogs and product announcements. The gushy delivery and strange vocabulary (i.e. "amy" for AMI) can be difficult to endure, but the content is usually worthwhile (although I would keep the skeptic filters in place). Did you know Dennis Ritchie wrote LINUX? Hahaha...

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19 Ratings
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11
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3

Fair source of news; painful to listen to

By Hax4Bux - Nov 07 2016
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I like to run podcasts while I am programming. AWS is a busy place, so I appreciate a podcast which saves me the trouble of reading AWS blogs and product announcements. The gushy delivery and strange vocabulary (i.e. "amy" for AMI) can be difficult to endure, but the content is usually worthwhile (although I would keep the skeptic filters in place). Did you know Dennis Ritchie wrote LINUX? Hahaha...

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Co-hosted by AWS Solution Architects and Evangelists, Shane Baldacchino, Dr Pete Stanski, Dean Samuels and Gabe Hollombe.

Episode 59 - Event Driven Architecture Special

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In this event-driven themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete started the show talking about event-driven architectures. The event-driven architecture is an architectural pattern that orchestrates behavior around the production, detection, and consumption of events as well as the responses they evoke.

They then moved on to AWS Lambda, which is the product that made the event-driven architecture pattern popular. AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events, which is why it is suited for event-driven architectures and as we learned, has 24 event sources that can invoke an AWS Lambda function.

Getting into the meat of the show, they pivoted to Single-Page Apps (SPA) and Event Forking, which are two patterns that are commonly used to exploit the benefits that event-driven architecture brings.

Let us not forget the AWS Event Forking Pipeline, a suite of open-source nested applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), which you can deploy directly from the AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite.

Lastly, they realized event-driven architecture is a bit of a paradigm shift in thinking, so they covered the skills needed and how you can get started on the event-driven architectures journey.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudFront Pricing https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/pricing/
Amazon CloudFront Key Features https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/features/
AWS Global Infrastructure https://infrastructure.aws
AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/
Amazon SNS Subscription Filter Policies https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-subscription-filter-policies.html
Nested Applications https://docs.aws.amazon.com/serverless-application-model/latest/developerguide/serverless-sam-template-nested-applications.html
AWS Serverless Application Model https://aws.amazon.com/serverless/sam/
AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite https://serverlessrepo.aws.amazon.com/applications?query=aws-event-fork-pipelines
Amazon Simple Notification Service https://aws.amazon.com/sns/
Getting Started with AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/getting-started/

AWS Events:
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Oct 31 2019

42mins

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Episode 44 - Getting Started On AWS - Part 1#2

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Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the core concepts on how you can get a website and email service up and running on AWS. In part 1 of this two-part series, they lay a technical foundation and cover domain registration, and DNS in general with Amazon Route 53, an awesome awesome DNS service. They then speak about web-hosting and touched on the various options you have in AWS before transitioning to MX records and Amazon WorkMail for email hosting.

Apr 18 2019

36mins

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Episode 55 - Container Special

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In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane brings along a special guest, AWS Solution Architect and Container expert - Mitch Beaumont.

We started the show reminiscing about container history, going way back looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave a quick overview of our container offerings - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate.

I then posed a fictitious question about container orchestration - what options are available and the pros and cons of each platform.

We looked at our container roadmap, so pop that into your favorite search engine (https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap) to get an understanding of what has shipped, what is coming soon and what we are working on.

They say, if you are not keeping score it’s just practice, so Mitch ran us through the approaches we need to take as we make the shift through to containers around observability and monitoring before talking through deployment and operational patterns.

Lastly, to close out the show, we once again touched base with Firecracker. Firecraker provides hardware-level isolation with the convenience of containers and underpins many of the container and serverless offerings on AWS. It is open-source so feel free to download it, kick the tires and have a play.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Mitch Beaumont - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

Resources:
What is a Container? https://aws.amazon.com/containers/
Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) https://aws.amazon.com/ecs/
AWS Fargate https://aws.amazon.com/fargate/
AWS Container Roadmap https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap
Elastic Network Interfaces https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/using-eni.html
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) https://aws.amazon.com/eks/
Amazon VPC CNI Plugin for Kubernetes Upgrades https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/cni-upgrades.html
Elastic Load Balancing https://aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/
Amazon CloudWatch https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/
Centralized Container Logging with Fluent Bit https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/centralized-container-logging-fluent-bit/
Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate FireLens https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap/tree/master/preview-programs/firelens
Firecracker https://github.com/firecracker-microvm/firecracker
AWS Container DevSecOps Workshop https://container-devsecops.awssecworkshops.com/

APAC Online Event:
AWSome Day Online series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Data Analytics & Machine Learning Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/
AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Innovate on-demand aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Sep 06 2019

46mins

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Episode 18 - Security best practices and latest AWS news

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Join Dr Pete and Russ in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as they share security best practices and news around Amazon Rekognition, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ECS, AWS Greengrass, Amazon SQS, AWS CodeStar, AWS Lambda, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon EMR and AWS Deep Learning AMIs.

Jun 23 2017

51mins

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Episode 31 - Innovate Quickly with AWS

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In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Olivier and Dean discuss how AWS enables you to innovate quickly with the latest from AWS PrivateLink, Amazon CloudFront, VPC endpoints, AWS Greengrass, AWS Snowball Edge, AWS Fargate, Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Transcribe.

Aug 01 2018

47mins

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Episode 58 - October 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in September and October in the year 2019.

They started the show with an announcement around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Single Region Replication, with this feature you can now automatically and asynchronously replicate newly uploaded S3 objects to a destination bucket in the same AWS Region. Just remember you need to enable versioning.

There is now a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance, G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, which are the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications. You can find them in limited regions.

Limits are changing on Amazon EC2. We have made them easier with vCPU based on demand limits. Much easier to manage. All you need to do is remember you have two limits post-October 21. One limit that governs the usage of standard instance families (A,C,D,H,I,M,R,T, and Z) and the default limit is 1152 vCPU. The other limit for the specialized instance families of F, G, P, and X instances that is 128vCPU.

Check out the NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB, a great new tool designed to help simplify working with Amazon DynamoDB, and the Amazon DynamoDBMapper class in the Java SDK has been updated to support optimistic locking.

Private EndPoints and API Gateway, it is now a thing. You can now associate one or more VPC Endpoints to a private API, and Amazon API Gateway will create and manage Amazon Route 53 alias records necessary for easily invoking the Private APIs.

Finally, they closed the show out with two things Shane like - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code with the former now providing IntelliSense for Amazon ECS.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

Resources:
Amazon S3 introduces Same-Region Replication - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-s3-introduces-same-region-replication/
Amazon EC2 Instance History https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/ec2-instance-history/
Amazon ECS adds support for G4 Instance type https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-ecs-adds-support-g4-instance-type/
vCPU-based On-Demand Instance Limits are Now Available in Amazon EC2 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/vcpu-based-on-demand-instance-limits-are-now-available-in-amazon-ec2/
AWS Limit Monitor Now Supports vCPU-Based On-Demand Instance Limit Monitoring - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/aws-limit-monitor-now-supports-vcpu-based-on-demand-instance-limit-monitoring/
NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB https://docs.aws.amazon.com/amazondynamodb/latest/developerguide/workbench.html
DynamoDBMapper now supports optimistic locking for Amazon DynamoDB transactional API calls - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/dynamodbmapper-now-supports-optimistic-locking-for-amazon-dynamodb-transactional-api-calls/
Amazon API Gateway Simplifies Invoking Private APIs - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-api-gateway-simplifies-invoking-private-apis/
Amazon VPC console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/vpc/
Amazon Elastic Container Service now supports IntelliSense in Visual Studio Code - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-elastic-container-service-now-supports-intellisense-in-visual-studio-code/

AWS Events:
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Oct 18 2019

32mins

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Episode 3 – A round-up of AWS updates, including launch of 35th AZ & AWS certification expert tips

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Dr Pete and Russ deliver another rich round-up of recent AWS news. They cover India's recent AWS Region launch, the latest services and feature updates around EC2 with Elastic Network Adaptor, Run Command, Elastic File System (EFS), Python Serverless Microframework for AWS, as well as Mobile Hub, Lumberyard, Database Migration, Aurora and a whole lot more. They are also joined by a special guest from APAC Certification and Training,
Ash Willis. Ash joins our hosts to chat about honing your cloud skills, and best practice tips to get you started on your AWS certification journey. All this and more - be sure to tune in!

Jul 26 2016

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Episode 45 - Getting Started On AWS - Part 2#2

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Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they close our two-part series on getting started on AWS. In this episode they build on part 1 by extending the foundational concepts, allowing the student to become the master.

They cover ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) via Amazon Elasticsearch Service allowing you to keep score on your website by visualizing logs, spotting trends and finding that needle in the haystack. They then pivot to collaboration and helping reduce feedback cycles and bring your team closer together via Amazon Chime before briefly touching on Managed Active Directory and why you should run it on AWS. Lastly, they talk about Amazon WorkSpaces, your VDI experience in the cloud allowing you to build desktop systems at scale from general purpose, to GPU backed instances and pay for them by the hour.

Apr 26 2019

42mins

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Episode 26 - Dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS

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In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome Shane Baldacchino to the line of up AWS TechChat hosts! Dr Pete & Shane kick off this episode with updates on the AWS infrastructure and, dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS with news around Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, AWS Greengrass ML Inference, Amazon FreeRTOS, AWS IoT Device Management, Amazon Rekognition Video, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Translate and Amazon Comprehend.

Apr 08 2018

42mins

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Episode 28 - Round-up of the latest AWS news!

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In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr. Pete and Shane share with you some of the latest AWS stats, how you can optimize GPUs for Amazon EC2 instance, updates and announcements around AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon SNS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon ECS, registry of open data on AWS, opportunities for cost savings for Amazon RDS, AWS Certified Security Exam and AWS Database Migration Service.

May 17 2018

41mins

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Episode 5 - Stay up to date on the cloud topics that matter to you most in this latest round-up

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Dr Pete and Russ Nash offers up a monstrous round-up of AWS news and services updates, spanning from performance enhancements, price reductions and software dev updates. Tune in to get across the most significant updates from AWS. Visit awstechchat.com for more info.

Sep 21 2016

44mins

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Episode 57 - Messaging Special

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In this messaging themed episode of AWS TechChat, Pete is back, and more so in person.

They started the show reminiscing about messaging history, going back, looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today. More importantly, why do we use messaging and the benefits you can derive in decoupling your architecture.

They then pivot to event streams, which cover both Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, (Amazon MSK). They are both designed to process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs.

Next, they moved to a more traditional message bus - Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Amazon MQ (Managed message broker service for ActiveMQ), both a durable pull-based messaging platform. Amazon SQS being lightweight and tightly integrated to the AWS Cloud platform and Amazon MQ supporting a variety of protocols making it a great choice for existing applications that use industry-standard protocols.

Finally, they talked about push-based messaging with Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and the Message Broker for AWS IoT. Both publish/subscribe (pub/sub) platform that enables you to build fan out architectures with hundreds of thousands to millions of subscribers.

You now have more than a hammer to build your applications, Maslow would be proud.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Shenzhen, China https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-cloudfront-shenzhen-launch/
What is Pub/Sub Messaging? https://aws.amazon.com/pub-sub-messaging/
Amazon Kinesis Data Streams https://aws.amazon.com/kinesis/data-streams/
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) https://aws.amazon.com/msk/
Apache ZooKeeper https://docs.aws.amazon.com/emr/latest/ReleaseGuide/emr-zookeeper.html
Amazon Simple Queue Service https://aws.amazon.com/sqs/
Amazon Simple Queue Service Released https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon_simple_q/
Amazon MQ https://aws.amazon.com/amazon-mq/
Amazon Simple Notification Service https://aws.amazon.com/sns/
MQTT - AWS IoT https://docs.aws.amazon.com/iot/latest/developerguide/mqtt.html
Message Broker for AWS IoT https://docs.aws.amazon.com/iot/latest/developerguide/iot-message-broker.html

AWS Events:
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development Online Event https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Oct 03 2019

50mins

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Episode 14 - Special Episode with Adrian Cockcroft

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Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat as special guest Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President, Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS joins our hosts Dr Pete and Russ to talk about Innovation, Architecture and the AWS Cloud.

Apr 12 2017

43mins

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Episode 42 - OS, Container & Network Updates

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In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean cover updates that aid in optimising your server and container operations via the Amazon Linux Upgrade Assistant and Amazon ECS Enhanced Container Dependency Management respectively. They also cover how applications in an Amazon VPC'es (Virtual Private Cloud)can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across VPC peering connections. Finally they look at emerging trends and technologies customers are using to experiment and innovate for their businesses.

Mar 22 2019

42mins

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Episode 35 - Deep Dive on Databases

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Dr Pete and Shane are back in the latest episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode we'll be doing a deep dive on database options on AWS. So for all your DBA's out there today, you are in for a treat and for those who aren't DBA's, we will equip you with enough information to show them up at the water cooler. As always, we'll also spend a few moments covering some of the recent announcements on service features and the AWS global infrastructure.

Nov 19 2018

40mins

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Episode 24 - Latest roundup of AWS news

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Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as it kicks off with some interesting news around Artificial Intelligence (AI), latest updates and announcements around Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, Apache MXNet Release, Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, AWS Deep Learning AMI, Amazon Kinesis Analytics, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Preview of Performance Insights, Amazon Athena, AWS Shield, AWS Direct Connect and, information around AI related sessions at AWS re: Invent 2017.

Nov 22 2017

48mins

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Episode 15 - Round-up of latest AWS news and announcements

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Join Dr. Pete and Russ in another episode of AWS TechChat as they discuss the latest AWS announcements and updates around AWS CodeStar, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Database Migration, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, Amazon Mobile Hub Integration, AWS Lambda, AWS Marketplace and Simplified Pricing API.

May 01 2017

44mins

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Episode 11 - AWS latest releases & announcements

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January was a time of rest and relaxation... but episode 11 doesn't disappoint! Dr Pete and Russ Nash kicks off 2017 with a rich line-up of the year's most relevant AWS updates for the tech community.

Feb 07 2017

45mins

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Episode 30 - Jam Packed Tech Dive

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Unable to attend some of your favourite AWS events? Join Dr Pete and Shane as they kick off the jam packed 30th episode of AWS TechChat on the latest AWS events, update of AWS stats and dive into deep tech details around AWS landing zones, Amazon API Gateway, Storage Gateway, Application Load Balancer, Amazon Linux, Amazon EMR and AWS DeepLens.

Jul 09 2018

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Episode 51 - Modern Relational Database Built for the Cloud

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In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe talk about the modern relational database built for the cloud: Amazon Aurora. So prepare to SELECT some Amazon Aurora knowledge INTO your brain!

They start the episode with some level setting. Amazon Aurora is a fully-managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible database, purpose-built for the cloud. It has great performance, and it gives enterprise-grade reliability at 1/10th the cost of traditional options. It has a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64TB.

Keeping it modern and real, they then discuss Amazon Aurora Serverless, which is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale capacity up or down based on your app's needs. It enables you to run your database with all the benefits that serverless brings.

Finally, they close the show out with a discussion around Amazon Aurora Global Database, which is designed for globally distributed applications, allowing a single Amazon Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions. It replicates your data with no impact to database performance, enables fast local reads with low latency in each region, and provides disaster recovery from region-wide outages.

Resources:
• AWS Innovate 2019 Global Edition https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
• Amazon CloudFront https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/
• Lambda@Edge https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/edge/
• AWS Aurora https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/
• Amazon Aurora Serverless https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/serverless/
• Amazon Aurora Global Database https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/global-database/

Jul 11 2019

39mins

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Episode 63 - re:Invent 2019 - Dr.Werner Vogels Keynote Recap

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In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the Thursday keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.

We start the show introducing Amazon Nitro System, look at it from a software lens and share with you the why and how we built this. As virtualization is at the core of the AWS Cloud we went back to the drawing board and built our own hypervisor to provide performance almost in-distinguishable of bare metal whilst providing a security demarcation for our platform. Nitro has allowed us to innovate faster, we have released 4x more instances since we have moved to Nitro.

We then take a refresher and look at Firecracker. You can launch lightweight micro-virtual machines (microVMs) in non-virtualized environments in a fraction of a second. Given we use Firecracker under the hood for AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate, it provides faster, tighter more seamless scaling than other platforms such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).

To wrap up the show, we touch on the importance of “evolvable architectures” looking through the lens of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) before introducing you to Amazon Builders’ Library that has papers and topics on how Amazon builds our own distributed systems.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Gabe Hollombe, Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS

Resources:
AWS Nitro System https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/nitro/
AWS Nitro Enclaves https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/nitro/nitro-enclaves/
Firecracker – Lightweight Virtualization for Serverless Computing https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/firecracker-lightweight-virtualization-for-serverless-computing/
Amazon EKS on AWS Fargate Now Generally Available https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-eks-on-aws-fargate-now-generally-available/
Shuffle Sharding: Massive and Magical Fault Isolation https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/shuffle-sharding-massive-and-magical-fault-isolation/
The Amazon Builders' Library https://aws.amazon.com/builders-library/

AWS Events:
AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Dec 07 2019

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Episode 62 - re:Invent 2019 - Andy Jassy Main Keynote recap

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In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover the main keynote of re:Invent 2019 by Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, with a ton of announcements for all.

We started the show with a new range of Arm-based processors based on AWS new Arm chip - M6g, C6g and R6g making that price to performance ration even more attractive. We continue to share the announcements that we made:

Amazon Braket – A fully managed service that allows scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from multiple quantum hardware providers in a single place.

AWS Fargate has made its way to Amazon EKS, you can now launch EKS containers as a Fargate launch type.

Amazon EC2 instance for inference - the Amazon EC2 Inf1, powered by our own custom silicon Inferentia chips has gone GA.

AWS Fargate Spot is a new capability on AWS Fargate that can run interruption tolerant Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Tasks at up to a 70% discount off the Fargate price.

AWS Outposts has gone GA, so if you need hybrid cloud with the same AWS feeling it is now available. If you do not want to manage your Outpost, you can leverage a Local Zone. The first Local Zone in Los Angeles is available now and you can start using it today.

AWS Wavelength brings local compute to the 5G Edge.

Provisioned Concurrency for AWS Lambda Functions ensure cold starts issue and sudden traffic spikes do not impact latent sensitive operations.

Amazon S3 Access Points makes it simple to manage access at scale for applications using shared data sets on S3.

Amazon Sagemaker bore the brunt of many announcements:
- Amazon Sagemaker Studio, your machine learning Integrated Development Environment in the cloud.
- Amazon Sagemaker Notebooks bringing one click Jupyter notebooks to AWS.
- Amazon Sagemaker Model Monitor automatically detects concept drift in deployed models.
- Amazon Sagamaker Autopilot automatically creating your machine learning models but with transparency.

Amazon CodeGuru is a new machine learning service for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations.

Amazon Fraud Detector, which is a new machine learning service that makes it easy to identify potentially fraudulent online activities such as online payment fraud and the creation of fake accounts.

Contact Lens for Amazon Connect, bulking out Amazon Connect capabilities, allows you to understand the sentiment, trends, and compliance risks of customer conversations to train agents effectively, replicate successful interactions, and identify crucial company and product feedback.

We are launching in open preview Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service (MCS), a scalable, highly available, and managed Apache Cassandra-compatible database service.

Amazon Redshift introduces RA3 nodes with managed storage enabling independent compute and storage scaling.

Finally, UltraWarm is a performance-optimized warm storage tier for Amazon Elasticsearch Service. It complements the existing Amazon Elasticsearch hot storage tier by providing less expensive storage for older and less-frequently accessed data while still providing an interactive analytics experience allowing up to 3PB per cluster.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

AWS Events:
AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Dec 05 2019

44mins

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Episode 61 - re:Invent 2019 - Monday Night Live

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In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover ‘Monday Night Live’, the first keynote of AWS re:Invent 2019 presented by Peter Desantis - VP of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, and it's all about infrastructure.

We start the show talking about HPC (High Performance Computing), the pain points around HPC that users faced in the past and how our investments in our network, with 100Gb networking, Nitro and EFA (Elastic Fabric Adapter) have been a game changer.

Formula 1 give us a lesson in CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) and how AWS is helping fans to stand on the edge of the seat with the 2021 car which reduces dirty air for the following car ensuring following cars don't take a huge down-force hit.

We talk about Machine Learning, P3dn, G4 and snuck in a tidbit for AWS Inferentia which was released today in the form of the Amazon EC2 Inf1 family.

To close out this episode, we cover AWS global network and introduce 10 new Amazon CloudFront edge locations before finishing on what we are doing on the sustainability front to run our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
High Performance Computing https://aws.amazon.com/hpc/
Amazon EC2 C5n Instances https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/11/introducing-amazon-ec2-c5n-instances/
Elastic Fabric Adapter https://aws.amazon.com/hpc/efa/
F1 Insights powered by AWS https://aws.amazon.com/f1insights/
New – EC2 P3dn GPU Instances https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-ec2-p3dn-gpu-instances-with-100-gbps-networking-local-nvme-storage-for-faster-machine-learning-p3-price-reduction/
Amazon EC2 G4 Instances https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/g4/
Inf1 Instances with AWS Inferentia Chips https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-ec2-update-inf1-instances-with-aws-inferentia-chips-for-high-performance-cost-effective-inferencing
Amazon CloudFront announces 10 new Edge locations https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/whats-new/
AWS & Sustainability https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/

AWS Events:
AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Dec 04 2019

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re:Invent 2019 - AWS TechChat Public Service Annoucement

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Nov 25 2019

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Episode 60 - November 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in October and November in the year 2019.

The show starts with a fun announcement - Amazon WordPress plugin. It combines our plugins around Amazon Polly and Amazon Translate, now provides a workflow to configure an Amazon CloudFront distribution. It is available to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Coming up next, something rather huge in the world of AWS - Savings Plans. They introduce the latest cost-savings plans, discuss how it compares to Reserved Instances (RI), talk about the two variations - Compute and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and show you how to get started a savings plan.
Amazon CloudWatch has now launched cross-accoun
t and cross-region dashboard giving you an aggregated and single pane of view across multiple AWS accounts allowing you to display what matters to you.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware has now gone GA, allowing you to run a database engine on your own hardware while the Amazon RDS service automates the time-consuming administration tasks.
It would not be an update show without Container updates! Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) now has container-scanning feature allowing you to detect CVE’s. Kubernetes has integration with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now has Cloud Development Kit (CDK) support.

Lastly, to close out the show, they continue with more updates with Amazon GuardDuty. Amazon GuardDuty introduces three new threat detections, two around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) - S3BlockPublicAccessDisabled and S3ServerAccessLoggingDisabled. Last one focus on EC2/MetaDataDNSRebind which informs you that an EC2 instance metadata exfiltration.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Gabe Hollombe - Senior Technical Evangelist, APAC, AWS

Resources:
AWS for WordPress plugin now available https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/aws-for-wordpress-plugin-now-available-and-with-new-amazon-cloudfront-workflow/
Introducing Savings Plans - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/11/introducing-savings-plans/
Amazon CloudWatch launches cross-account cross-region dashboards https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/11/amazon-cloudwatch-launches-cross-account-cross-region-dashboards/
Amazon RDS on VMware is now generally available - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-rds-on-vmware-is-now-generally-available/
The Node Termination Handler https://github.com/aws/aws-node-termination-handler
Amazon GuardDuty Adds Three New Threat Detections - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-guardduty-adds-three-new-threat-detections/

AWS Events:
AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://resources.awscloud.com/aws-builders-online-series
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Nov 14 2019

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Episode 59 - Event Driven Architecture Special

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In this event-driven themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete started the show talking about event-driven architectures. The event-driven architecture is an architectural pattern that orchestrates behavior around the production, detection, and consumption of events as well as the responses they evoke.

They then moved on to AWS Lambda, which is the product that made the event-driven architecture pattern popular. AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events, which is why it is suited for event-driven architectures and as we learned, has 24 event sources that can invoke an AWS Lambda function.

Getting into the meat of the show, they pivoted to Single-Page Apps (SPA) and Event Forking, which are two patterns that are commonly used to exploit the benefits that event-driven architecture brings.

Let us not forget the AWS Event Forking Pipeline, a suite of open-source nested applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), which you can deploy directly from the AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite.

Lastly, they realized event-driven architecture is a bit of a paradigm shift in thinking, so they covered the skills needed and how you can get started on the event-driven architectures journey.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudFront Pricing https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/pricing/
Amazon CloudFront Key Features https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/features/
AWS Global Infrastructure https://infrastructure.aws
AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/
Amazon SNS Subscription Filter Policies https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-subscription-filter-policies.html
Nested Applications https://docs.aws.amazon.com/serverless-application-model/latest/developerguide/serverless-sam-template-nested-applications.html
AWS Serverless Application Model https://aws.amazon.com/serverless/sam/
AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite https://serverlessrepo.aws.amazon.com/applications?query=aws-event-fork-pipelines
Amazon Simple Notification Service https://aws.amazon.com/sns/
Getting Started with AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/getting-started/

AWS Events:
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Oct 31 2019

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Episode 58 - October 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in September and October in the year 2019.

They started the show with an announcement around Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Single Region Replication, with this feature you can now automatically and asynchronously replicate newly uploaded S3 objects to a destination bucket in the same AWS Region. Just remember you need to enable versioning.

There is now a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance, G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, which are the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications. You can find them in limited regions.

Limits are changing on Amazon EC2. We have made them easier with vCPU based on demand limits. Much easier to manage. All you need to do is remember you have two limits post-October 21. One limit that governs the usage of standard instance families (A,C,D,H,I,M,R,T, and Z) and the default limit is 1152 vCPU. The other limit for the specialized instance families of F, G, P, and X instances that is 128vCPU.

Check out the NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB, a great new tool designed to help simplify working with Amazon DynamoDB, and the Amazon DynamoDBMapper class in the Java SDK has been updated to support optimistic locking.

Private EndPoints and API Gateway, it is now a thing. You can now associate one or more VPC Endpoints to a private API, and Amazon API Gateway will create and manage Amazon Route 53 alias records necessary for easily invoking the Private APIs.

Finally, they closed the show out with two things Shane like - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code with the former now providing IntelliSense for Amazon ECS.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

Resources:
Amazon S3 introduces Same-Region Replication - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-s3-introduces-same-region-replication/
Amazon EC2 Instance History https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/ec2-instance-history/
Amazon ECS adds support for G4 Instance type https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-ecs-adds-support-g4-instance-type/
vCPU-based On-Demand Instance Limits are Now Available in Amazon EC2 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/vcpu-based-on-demand-instance-limits-are-now-available-in-amazon-ec2/
AWS Limit Monitor Now Supports vCPU-Based On-Demand Instance Limit Monitoring - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/aws-limit-monitor-now-supports-vcpu-based-on-demand-instance-limit-monitoring/
NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB https://docs.aws.amazon.com/amazondynamodb/latest/developerguide/workbench.html
DynamoDBMapper now supports optimistic locking for Amazon DynamoDB transactional API calls - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/dynamodbmapper-now-supports-optimistic-locking-for-amazon-dynamodb-transactional-api-calls/
Amazon API Gateway Simplifies Invoking Private APIs - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-api-gateway-simplifies-invoking-private-apis/
Amazon VPC console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/vpc/
Amazon Elastic Container Service now supports IntelliSense in Visual Studio Code - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/10/amazon-elastic-container-service-now-supports-intellisense-in-visual-studio-code/

AWS Events:
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Oct 18 2019

32mins

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Episode 57 - Messaging Special

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In this messaging themed episode of AWS TechChat, Pete is back, and more so in person.

They started the show reminiscing about messaging history, going back, looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today. More importantly, why do we use messaging and the benefits you can derive in decoupling your architecture.

They then pivot to event streams, which cover both Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, (Amazon MSK). They are both designed to process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs.

Next, they moved to a more traditional message bus - Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Amazon MQ (Managed message broker service for ActiveMQ), both a durable pull-based messaging platform. Amazon SQS being lightweight and tightly integrated to the AWS Cloud platform and Amazon MQ supporting a variety of protocols making it a great choice for existing applications that use industry-standard protocols.

Finally, they talked about push-based messaging with Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and the Message Broker for AWS IoT. Both publish/subscribe (pub/sub) platform that enables you to build fan out architectures with hundreds of thousands to millions of subscribers.

You now have more than a hammer to build your applications, Maslow would be proud.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Shenzhen, China https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-cloudfront-shenzhen-launch/
What is Pub/Sub Messaging? https://aws.amazon.com/pub-sub-messaging/
Amazon Kinesis Data Streams https://aws.amazon.com/kinesis/data-streams/
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) https://aws.amazon.com/msk/
Apache ZooKeeper https://docs.aws.amazon.com/emr/latest/ReleaseGuide/emr-zookeeper.html
Amazon Simple Queue Service https://aws.amazon.com/sqs/
Amazon Simple Queue Service Released https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon_simple_q/
Amazon MQ https://aws.amazon.com/amazon-mq/
Amazon Simple Notification Service https://aws.amazon.com/sns/
MQTT - AWS IoT https://docs.aws.amazon.com/iot/latest/developerguide/mqtt.html
Message Broker for AWS IoT https://docs.aws.amazon.com/iot/latest/developerguide/iot-message-broker.html

AWS Events:
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development Online Event https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Oct 03 2019

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Episode 56 - September 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August and September in the year 2019.

They start the show with an announcement - support for multiple TLS certificates on Network Load Balancers using Server Name Indication (SNI). You can now host multiple secure applications, each with its own TLS certificate, on a single load balancer listener.

Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) is now GA, and it is a fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log ‎owned by a central trusted authority.

They then spoke about the recently announced AWS Solution that uses Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Elasticsearch (ES) Service for indexing and analyzing unstructured text. This reference implementation in the form of AWS CloudFormation (CFN) deploys a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for extracting meaningful insights from unstructured data. Also, it has a tasty Kibana dashboard to provide visualizations.

Updates for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow logs - In addition to existing fields, you can now choose to add in additional meta-data that will help provide more meaningful conclusions.

Finally, to close out the show we covered two updates for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Amazon EKS now allows you to assign IAM permissions to Kubernetes service accounts. This update gives you fine-grained, pod level access-control when running clusters with multiple co-located services. Secondly, we just released 1.14.6 for Amazon EKS. Please check out the EKS support policy as we only support the last three (1.12, 1.13 & 1.14) EKS releases.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Dean Samuels – Lead Architect, ASEAN, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudFront announces its first Edge location in Portugal - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-cloudfront-lisbon-portugal/
Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Israel - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/08/cloudfront-israel/
Amazon CloudFront expands presence in the Middle East with first Edge location in Bahrain - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/08/cloudfront-bahrain-launch/
Network Load Balancers now support multiple TLS certificates using Server Name Indication (SNI) - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/elastic-load-balancing-network-load-balancers-now-supports-multiple-tls-certificates-using-server-name-indication/
Additional Metadata to Amazon VPC Flow Logs - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/now-add-additional-metadata-to-amazon-vpc-flow-logs/
General Availability of Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/announcing-general-availability-qldb/
Analyzing Text with Amazon Elasticsearch Service and Amazon Comprehend - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/introducing-analyzing-text-with-amazon-elasticsearch-service-and-amazon-comprehend/
Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.14 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/09/amazon-eks-now-supports-kubernetes-version-1-14/

AWS Events:
AWSome Day Online series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Modern Application Development Online Event https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/
AWS Data Analytics Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/
AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/

Sep 20 2019

42mins

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Episode 55 - Container Special

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In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane brings along a special guest, AWS Solution Architect and Container expert - Mitch Beaumont.

We started the show reminiscing about container history, going way back looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave a quick overview of our container offerings - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate.

I then posed a fictitious question about container orchestration - what options are available and the pros and cons of each platform.

We looked at our container roadmap, so pop that into your favorite search engine (https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap) to get an understanding of what has shipped, what is coming soon and what we are working on.

They say, if you are not keeping score it’s just practice, so Mitch ran us through the approaches we need to take as we make the shift through to containers around observability and monitoring before talking through deployment and operational patterns.

Lastly, to close out the show, we once again touched base with Firecracker. Firecraker provides hardware-level isolation with the convenience of containers and underpins many of the container and serverless offerings on AWS. It is open-source so feel free to download it, kick the tires and have a play.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Mitch Beaumont - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS

Resources:
What is a Container? https://aws.amazon.com/containers/
Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) https://aws.amazon.com/ecs/
AWS Fargate https://aws.amazon.com/fargate/
AWS Container Roadmap https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap
Elastic Network Interfaces https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/using-eni.html
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) https://aws.amazon.com/eks/
Amazon VPC CNI Plugin for Kubernetes Upgrades https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/cni-upgrades.html
Elastic Load Balancing https://aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/
Amazon CloudWatch https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/
Centralized Container Logging with Fluent Bit https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/centralized-container-logging-fluent-bit/
Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate FireLens https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap/tree/master/preview-programs/firelens
Firecracker https://github.com/firecracker-microvm/firecracker
AWS Container DevSecOps Workshop https://container-devsecops.awssecworkshops.com/

APAC Online Event:
AWSome Day Online series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/
AWS Data Analytics & Machine Learning Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/
AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Innovate on-demand aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Sep 06 2019

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Episode 54 - August 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August in the year 2019.
However, before doing this they took a look at the SDLC or the Software Development Lifecycle through the lens of AWS Lambda, our favorite server-less compute engine. We discussed trade-offs; in other words, what you are getting and what you are losing with AWS Lambda. We talked through the AWS Lambda support policy, 12-factor apps and worked through three options in which you can manage deprecation of runtimes.
We then pivoted to updates, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (ECS) now supports multiple load balancers. You can now attach multiple target groups to your Amazon ECS services that are running on either Amazon EC2 or AWS Fargate. This update is quite huge and a big win for customers.
AWS Lake Formation is now Generally Available, and it is a new managed service to help you build a secure data lake in days. It allows you to Identify, ingest, clean, and transform data, enforce security policies across multiple services and gain and manage new insights.
Before closing the show off with a raft of Amazon EC2 Updates, 7 to be exact, some general updates, some around spot fleet and another around capacity optimization strategy for Amazon EC2 Spot instances.
Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS

Resources:
Achieve 3x better Spark performance with EMR 5.25.0 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/08/achieve-3x-better-spark-performance-with-emr-5250/
Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Israel https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/08/cloudfront-israel/
AWS Lambda Runtime Support Policy https://docs.aws.amazon.com/lambda/latest/dg/runtime-support-policy.html
Amazon ECS services now support multiple load balancer target groups https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon-ecs-services-now-support-multiple-load-balancer-target-groups/
AWS Lake Formation – Now Generally Available https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-lake-formation-now-generally-available/

APAC Online Event:
AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Aug 23 2019

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Episode 53 - SysAdmin & Hybrid Cloud Special

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In this hour-long themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean reminisce about their past and cover topics that are important to the budding systems engineer, systems administrator and network engineer.

We started the show by announcing a new region, Bahrain, the first in the Middle East taking our region count to 22.

On the Automation front, we spoke about methods and mechanisms you can use to automate the administration of your AWS environment via the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, AWS CloudFormation, and now AWS Cloud Development Kit has gone GA.

We kept it real with a bit of QA, comparing on-premises via AWS, and Shane did not quite stump Dean, almost.

We then spoke about networking by introducing concepts and explaining ways in which you can deal with hybrid workloads at both the network layer and via DNS.

Lastly, we closed the show out with a conversation on what is the minimum kit to on-premises for most organizations before talking about Cloud migration options into AWS.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Dean Samuels - Solutions Architect Manager, AWS

Resources:
Announcing the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/announcing-the-new-aws-middle-east--bahrain--region-/
AWS Command Line Interface https://aws.amazon.com/cli/
AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell https://aws.amazon.com/powershell/
AWS CloudFormation https://aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/
AWS Cloud Development Kit https://aws.amazon.com/cdk/
Lambda@Edge https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/edge/
AWS VPN https://aws.amazon.com/vpn/
Amazon EC2 https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/
AWS Server Migration Service https://aws.amazon.com/server-migration-service/
AWS Database Migration Service https://aws.amazon.com/dms/

APAC Online Event:
AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/

Aug 09 2019

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Episode 52 - July 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom (yes he is back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of July in the year 2019.

They started the show with two Amazon CloudWatch updates. Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection, which applies machine learning to continuously analyze a specific CloudWatch metrics determines a nominal baseline, and surfaces anomalies, all without user intervention before introducing you to Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights and as the sticker says, is a fully managed service to help monitor and troubleshoot containers. Both of these additions are not GA but get your hands dirty and have a play.

They then pivoted by introducing you to a new service, Amazon EventBridge, which is a serverless event bus that routes real-time data streams from your applications and services to targets like AWS Lambda. EventBridge facilitates event-driven application development by simplifying the process of ingesting and delivering events across your application architecture, and by providing built-in security and error handling. What's more, there are built-in integrations from the likes of ZenDesk, Pager Duty, and more.

On the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) front, we spoke of four updates.
1. Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1
2. Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Serverless has gone GA.
3. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports new minor versions.
4. Amazon RDS introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0.

Another new feature - Amazon EC2 Instance Connect, introduces that ability to control Secure Shell (SSH) access to your instances using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, plus with AWS CloudTrail events giving you a centralized way to audit your SSH connections.

Finally, Tom snuck in some last-minute updates around Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon AppStream 2.0 adding in support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 base images. Amazon WorkSpaces is now allowing you to copy your Amazon WorkSpaces Images across AWS regions.

Speakers:
Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, AWS

Resources:
Amazon CloudWatch https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/
Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/introducing-amazon-cloudwatch-anomaly-detection-now-in-preview/
Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/cloudwatch-container-insights-for-eks-and-kubernetes-preview/
Amazon EventBridge https://aws.amazon.com/eventbridge/
Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-rds-oracle-supports-oracle-application-express-version-191/
Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Serverless https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon-aurora-with-postgresql-compatibility-supports-serverless/
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports new minor versions https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/amazon-rds-postgresql-supports-minor-version-112/
Amazon RDS introduces Compatibility Checks https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon_rds_introduces_compatibility_checks/
Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/introducing-amazon-ec2-instance-connect/
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) https://aws.amazon.com/iam/
AWS CloudTrail https://aws.amazon.com/cloudtrail/
Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-appstream-20-adds-support-for-windows-server-2016-and-windows-server-2019/
Amazon WorkSpaces now supports copying Images across AWS Regions https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon_workspaces_now_supports_copying_images_across_aws_regions/

Jul 25 2019

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Episode 51 - Modern Relational Database Built for the Cloud

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In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe talk about the modern relational database built for the cloud: Amazon Aurora. So prepare to SELECT some Amazon Aurora knowledge INTO your brain!

They start the episode with some level setting. Amazon Aurora is a fully-managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible database, purpose-built for the cloud. It has great performance, and it gives enterprise-grade reliability at 1/10th the cost of traditional options. It has a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64TB.

Keeping it modern and real, they then discuss Amazon Aurora Serverless, which is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale capacity up or down based on your app's needs. It enables you to run your database with all the benefits that serverless brings.

Finally, they close the show out with a discussion around Amazon Aurora Global Database, which is designed for globally distributed applications, allowing a single Amazon Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions. It replicates your data with no impact to database performance, enables fast local reads with low latency in each region, and provides disaster recovery from region-wide outages.

Resources:
• AWS Innovate 2019 Global Edition https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
• Amazon CloudFront https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/
• Lambda@Edge https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/edge/
• AWS Aurora https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/
• Amazon Aurora Serverless https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/serverless/
• Amazon Aurora Global Database https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/global-database/

Jul 11 2019

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Episode 50 - June 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this episode of AWS TechChat, TechChat turns 50 and Shane and Pete come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in June, in the year 2019.

They started the show, introducing you to a new service that has gone GA - AWS IoT Events. AWS IoT Events is a new, fully managed IoT service that makes it easy to detect and respond to events from IoT sensors and applications without the traditional heavy lifting of building traditional IoT applications and brings a managed complex event detection service to our already buff IoT suit.

Sticking with IoT theme, we quickly announced BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) support has landed in Amazon FreeRTOS, and a new MQTT library is now generally available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00. With this update, you can now securely connect Amazon FreeRTOS devices using BLE to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices, and use the new MQTT library to create applications that are independent of the connectivity protocol.

We then spoke about two new features for Microsoft SQL. Always On Availability Groups have made their way to SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition and we let you know you can now restore a multi-file native SQL Server backup from Amazon S3 to an Amazon RDS SQL Server database instance.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for Windows containers has gone GA so prepare your BSODs, only kidding. We now support Amazon ECS clusters running Windows Server 2019 containers, so if Windows containers are your thing, take a look at Amazon ECS.

Lastly, with Amazon API Gateway custom domains, you can now enforce a minimum Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and cipher suites through a security policy allowing you to further improve security for your customers.

Resources:
• AWS IoT Events
https://aws.amazon.com/iot-events/
• Amazon FreeRTOS Bluetooth Low Energy
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/iot/perform-ota-firmware-updates-on-espressif-esp32-devices-using-amazon-freertos-bluetooth-low-energy-mqtt-proxy/
• Amazon RDS SQL Server
https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/amazon-rds-for-sql-server-now-supports-always-on-availability-groups-for-sql-server-2017/
• Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for Windows containers
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/ECS_Windows.html
• Amazon API Gateway – TLS
https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-api-gateway-adds-configurable-transport-layer-security-version-custom-domains/

Jun 27 2019

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Episode 49 - AWS RAM and CDK Deep Dive

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In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete take it up a notch in a thought-provoking episode. They discuss some key AWS feature releases that are fundamentally changing the approach of how customers wire up those more complex AWS account structures and talk to you about some modern approaches more mature customers are adopting.

We started the show with AWS RAM (Resource Access Manager) which is a simple and secure way to share resources across AWS Accounts, worth taking a look if you use VPC Peering or hybrid DNS resolvers today.

They then pivoted to AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) which is a software development framework, with the artifact being AWS CloudFormation, yet another tool to help you move to No-Ops and focus on improving developer productivity. AWS CDK offers a higher-level object-oriented abstraction to define AWS resources imperatively.

And lastly out with the old and in with the new (and it’s not Pete). Node JS 6 is EOL (End-of-Life) for AWS Lambda, and we announce the arrival of Node JS 10 touting significant performance and functionality improvements.

Jun 14 2019

39mins

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Episode 48 - May 2019 Tech Round-up

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In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete (yes he’s alive and back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in May 2019.

They started the show with a price cut for Amazon Connect because everyone likes price cuts, and Amazon Connect is now 26% cheaper in two US regions.

Next, they cover additional cloud-formation support for both AWS Transfer for SFTP and AWS Backup, allowing you automate the usage of these services.

Moving on they talked through Amazon CloudWatch percentiles, as it has introduced support for percentiles on metric filters which are particularly useful when applied to metrics that exhibit large variances.
AWS Ground Station has gone GA (General Availability). So prepare your satellites. There are no long-term commitments, you pay only for antenna time, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it.

Shane then kept it real by talking about AWS Step Functions Callbacks. Callback patterns automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services, and now it's native.
Lastly, to close out the show, they covered three new EKS updates that address monitoring updates, through to additional functionality and reduced administrative effort.

We like to hear what you like and perhaps what you don’t like, keep the feedback coming and don’t be shy, send us an email at awstechchat@amazon.com

Jun 03 2019

42mins

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Episode 47 - Application Security Special

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In this AWS TechChat - Application Security Edition, Shane chats with Gabe about all things application security, providing a crash course for the builder in all of us.

They start the show with some level setting to set the scene, introducing the Top 10 OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) before moving on to CVE's (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). They then move up the stack to Layer 7 and speak about AWS WAF, which is our web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits and how you can use AWS WAF to mitigate against OWASP Top 10 risks as well as how you can leverage managed rule sets for common COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) applications.

Lastly, introducing Amazon Inspector - an automated security assessment service that helps shine a light on the security and compliance of applications deployed on Amazon EC2 by detecting CVE's and instance drift again CIS standards.

May 23 2019

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Episode 46 - Updates for the Modern Builder

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Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they get their inner geek on and cover a few significant announcements that occurred last month that help the modern builders.

They cover some quick announcements around Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 T3a instances are now a thing, and what’s more, our A1 instances are finding their way into Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS with the latter being in preview.

They then set the scene around containers, romanticized about the past and how they differ from Virtual Machines before introducing AWS AppMesh. AWS AppMesh is a service mesh that provides application-level networking to make it easy for your services to communicate with each other, before rounding out the show by introducing the AWS Toolkit for VS Code which provides an integrated one-stop experience for developing and debugging serverless applications in AWS Lambda and AWS SAM.

May 09 2019

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Episode 45 - Getting Started On AWS - Part 2#2

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Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they close our two-part series on getting started on AWS. In this episode they build on part 1 by extending the foundational concepts, allowing the student to become the master.

They cover ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) via Amazon Elasticsearch Service allowing you to keep score on your website by visualizing logs, spotting trends and finding that needle in the haystack. They then pivot to collaboration and helping reduce feedback cycles and bring your team closer together via Amazon Chime before briefly touching on Managed Active Directory and why you should run it on AWS. Lastly, they talk about Amazon WorkSpaces, your VDI experience in the cloud allowing you to build desktop systems at scale from general purpose, to GPU backed instances and pay for them by the hour.

Apr 26 2019

42mins

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