AWSome Day Ft. Lauderdale 2018 is almost here

AWSome day Fort Lauderdale is only one day away. If you are not familiar with AWSome day, it is a one-day training event hosted by Amazon that focuses on services for compute, storage, database, and networking. The Boward County Convention Center located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 will host the event on April 3rd, 2018 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. According to Amazon, this event is ideal for IT managers, system engineers, system administrators, and architects who are eager to learn more about cloud computing and how to get started on the AWS Cloud.

I remember when AWS came out with S3, one of the oldest services in AWS, I used it to store all of my documents in the cloud because I lost all trust in my local hard drive. Additionally, for storage purposes, S3’s flexibility and accessibility outweigh those of a standard hard drive. No more worrying about losing my files due to Windows blue screen of death (BSOD).

I have been using AWS free-tier for quite some time. I’ve even provisioned more powerful instance types that are outside of free-tier to test things like replication, AlwaysOn, instance stores, SQL Server backup strategy using Throughput Optimized HDD (st1), etc… In regards to SQL Server backup, an excellent cost-saving plan is to move the data from st1 to S3 standard. Furthermore, you can define policies that transferred the data to S3 infrequent access and finally to Glacier. This retention policy will save a lot of money in AWS.

AWSome Fort Lauderdale will be the first AWS event that I attend. I’ve been to the virtual sessions but nothing compares to being there in person. The experience is so much more satisfying, and the opportunity to network with professionals from various industries is quite fulfilling. Events such as this one is an excellent opportunity to build core network and collaborate with people who share similar interests.

This will be the agenda for the day



8:00am – 9:00am Registration & Ask an AWS Expert
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome
9:15am – 9:50am AWS History

  • The History of AWS
  • AWS Global Infrastructure
  • AWS Management Console (including a demo)
9:50am – 10:45am AWS Infrastructure, Part 1

  • Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) concepts, including instance types and families, AMIs, and metadata and user data
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) storage concepts, including buckets, objects, and lifecycle management
  • Amazon S3 demo
10:45am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:30pm AWS Infrastructure, Part 2

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) concepts, including volumes, snapshots, and performance
  • Amazon EC2 Instance Store Concepts, including SSD, swap volumes, and optimizing disk performance
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) concepts, include subnets, security, and networking
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch & Ask an AWS Expert
1:30pm – 2:10pm Security, Identity, and Access Management

  • AWS Shared Responsibility Model
  • Security Measures provided by AWS
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) concepts, including users, groups, roles, and policies
  • IAM Demo
2:10pm – 2:55pm AWS Databases

  • Database models (SQL vs. NoSQL)
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) concepts, including database instances, security groups, and parameter and option groups
  • Amazon DynamoDB concepts, including data model and supported operations
  • Provisioned Throughput
2:55pm – 3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 3:55pm AWS Elasticity & Management Tools

  • Auto Scaling concepts, including launch configurations, Auto Scaling groups, and scaling lifecycle
  • Elastic Load Balancing concepts, including request routing and Load Balancer Types
  • AWS Management Tools, including Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor
3:55pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks
4:00pm – 4:30pm Ask an AWS Expert


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