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AWS re:Invent 2019 is just a few short weeks away, and CloudCheckr is ready for another exciting year on booth as a Gold Sponsor. Are you planning to attend this leading AWS conference? If you want to know what all the buzz is about and how to make the most of your AWS re:Invent 2019 experience, keep reading.
AWS re:Invent is the largest global conference with a focus on cloud computing. Hosted by cloud provider Amazon Web Services, AWS re:Invent is a “learning conference… for the global cloud computing community.”
The eighth annual AWS conference will take place from December 2 to 6, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last year’s event, also in Las Vegas, had more than 50,000 attendees, and this year’s is sure to surpass that figure. With more than 2,700 speaking sessions, bootcamps, hackathons, workshops, keynotes, and more spread over four and a half days, AWS re:Invent has something for everyone.
Like other large conferences, AWS re:Invent will give you the opportunity to learn technical best practices, hear from experts, meet with helpful vendors, and network with your peers.
According the event FAQ, AWS re:Invent is ideal for “developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers” to attend. But fret not if you work in another industry or technical role, as there’s plenty to learn for anyone with an interest in cloud computing.
Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at AWS, explains that the event’s purpose is to help attendees enhance their customer experience and grow their businesses. Attending re:Invent, Barr says, provides an “unfiltered view” of the successes other AWS users have seen on their cloud journeys.
Did we mention it’s in Las Vegas? Everything on the AWS re:Invent schedule takes place right on the famed Las Vegas Strip and is easy to get to on foot or by public transportation.
Before you dive into the AWS re:Invent agenda, take a look at our guide from last year for our tips on planning your trip. Like last year, this year’s AWS conference campus comprises several hotels along the Las Vegas Strip. Traveling from one end to the other can take as long as 45 minutes. To cut down on travel time, choose sessions in just one or two venues each day, and find out which sessions will be livestreamed or repeated during the conference.
Need to know more about what to expect? Watch the series “How to re:Invent”, where hosts from the AWS events team as well as AWS brand evangelists explain how to get the most out of the conference. This engaging set of videos is a guide for newbies and past attendees alike. You can also search for what past attendees have to say about this year’s conference. Cloud training providers A Cloud Guru have a guide to AWS re:Invent 2019 with plenty of basics to help you get started as well.
Don’t forget to check the master schedule to learn shuttle times, find the registration desk, and remember important activities during the conference. You can also take advantage of reserved seating when you sign up for sessions. This feature lets you pre-register for workshops and guarantees you a spot.
Finally, pay attention to the skill level required for each session: Intermediate (200), Advanced (300), and Expert (400). The 300- and 400-level sessions are deep dives into specific services, which may be great for those from technical backgrounds but tougher to follow if you need an overview of the topic.
With AWS re:Invent fast approaching, you might find it difficult to narrow down which of those 2,700+ sessions to attend. The AWS re:Invent schedule and course catalog is available here, and it’s a lot to sort through.
Here are some basic guidelines to help you make your selections:
Finally, consider popular cloud computing and industry topics where you want to expand your knowledge. Which topics will be trending at AWS re:Invent 2019? To find out, we can turn to the guides from AWS Heroes—advocates for AWS who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with their fellow attendees.
Here are some of their top AWS re:Invent sessions, along with a few of our recommendations.
Organizations are moving more and more information to the cloud every day. As a result, they need to make sense of all the data they are storing. Machine learning is changing the way we look at the world and the way that enterprises across industries conduct business.
Machine learning Hero Kesha Williams has split some of the top machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) sessions into three tracks: one for executives and business professionals; one for engineers, architects, and data scientists; and one for those who are new to AI. See her recommendations here.
As more businesses are migrating to the cloud, they need to understand the storage options available to them. Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies are giving organizations more storage and data backup options. Several AWS re:Invent sessions will help attendees make sense of storage and what AWS has to offer.
“If you’re just learning about AWS storage services, start with the Intermediate level (session level 200) sessions,” says AWS community hero Dave Stauffacher. “I seek out the chalk talks whenever possible, because they offer both a service overview and an opportunity for audience discussion.” See Dave’s guide to storage-related sessions here.
According to IBM, the United States has the most expensive data breaches in the world, resulting in an average of $8.19 million in financial losses and remediation costs. Today’s organizations can’t skip a solid cybersecurity strategy.
Mark Nunnikhoven, who also wrote A Cloud Guru’s guide to this year’s event, is an AWS Community Hero and security expert. If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to your cybersecurity, begin with sessions that meet the four business cases that Mark outlines here.
Don’t forget to head to the Expo at the Venetian. There you can meet with current and potential vendors and discover new tools that will streamline your AWS cloud experience.
Visit CloudCheckr at Booth 2425. We’ll be on hand to:
We’re excited for another action-packed year at AWS re:Invent. Stay tuned for more information on our Event page, and schedule a meeting with us to learn more about how CloudCheckr can help you with your cloud strategy.
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