“Cloud is the New Normal”
Postcard from AWS re:Invent 2014
Last week, I, along with Vanessa Nudd (CMI’s Director of the Cloud Solutions Practice) and Tim Cuny (our VP of Solutions), traveled to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the 2014 edition of re:Invent, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) annual global customer and partner conference. It was an enlightening and productive experience as over 15,000 attendees from more than 60 countries gathered at the Venetian to explore the future of computing and IT infrastructure—as well as to better understand the growing trend, in the words of Andy Jassy (Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services), that “Cloud is the New Normal.”
With 200 + technical sessions, training bootcamps, hands-on labs, re:Invent was truly a learning conference. My colleagues and I explored topics such as—understanding total cost of ownership (TCO) on AWS; and driving customer success/building a successful consulting practice with AWS. We came away from these breakout sessions feeling rejuvenated as there were clear themes and takeaways that would help us refine and solidify our cloud strategy at CMI going forward—so that we can ultimately better serve and add value to our customers.
In the public cloud space, Amazon Web Services has been the clear market leader for some time, but after attending re:Invent, it was clear to me that AWS is not simply resting on its laurels and being complacent with the significant market share lead that it holds. During the two morning keynote sessions—where significant and potentially game-changing new products and services were announced, both Andy Jassy and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels conveyed the message that AWS is just getting started and that there’s going to be more evolutions to come. These new announcements, coupled with guest appearances by executives from established enterprises such as Major League Baseball; NetFlix; Omnifone; and Coca-Cola, also showed that AWS has more than just a pricing advantage—that its breadth of offerings have now motivated large/traditional enterprises (who had operated legacy data centers), as well as partners, to adopt an “all-in” strategy on AWS in moving workloads to the public cloud.
Some of the notable new product announcements include:
- RDS Aurora—an updated relational database designed for the cloud
- MySQL-compatible relational DB engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial DBs with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source DBs.
- Aurora provides up to 5X better performance than MySQL at a price point 1/10 that of a commercial DB while delivering similar performance and availability.
- New services for cloud security and compliance:
- Key Management Service (KMS): a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. AWS Key Management Service is integrated with other AWS services.
- AWS Service Catalog: a service that allows administrators to create and manage approved catalogs of resources that end users can then access via a personalized portal.
- AWS Config: a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance.
- New application lifecycle management tools:
- AWS CodeDeploy: automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
- AWS CodePipeline: is a continuous delivery and release automation service that aids smooth deployments.
- AWS CodeCommit: is a secure, highly scalable, managed source control service that hosts private Git repositories.
- EC2 Container Service (which helps deploy, manage, and scale Docker containers); as well as AWS Lambda, which is a new approach for building high scale, responsive applications.
When these features were announced I felt a level of enthusiasm and energy in the convention hall that I’d never felt before in another similar setting or conference. We’re so excited about all the possibilities to grow and enhance our AWS partnership and the cloud solutions practice here at CMI (there are just not enough hours in a day!).
Whether it’s real-time data analytics or virtualizing your workforce’s desktop, we at CMI, along with AWS’ full suite of products and services, can help you and your organization become more agile and efficient in building out the IT infrastructure of the future. We’re honored to be a part of AWS’ vibrant partner ecosystem and we’re super excited to continue our cloud journey with all of you.
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