Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon's cloud services division, has announced it is sponsoring a new technology conference surrounding AWS technologies and solutions. The conference will take place in Las Vegas on Novermber 27-29 of this year. The conference will educate attendees about AWS services in over 100 sessions led by AWS engineers, architects, partners, and customers. Registration for the conference will open sometime in June.
The website for the event indicates that the conference is primarily for three types of AWS users: developers, enterprise IT, and start-ups. Developers can attend "getting started" sessions for a variety of different languages or attend advanced sessions focusing on architecture, monitoring, configuration management, and performance optimization. Enterprise IT can study app migration, APIs, and best practices for cloud security, among other topics. Start-ups can launch their companies in the conference's "start-up launch theatre" where VCs, analysts, and the press will be in attendance.
AWS has been consistently making announcements and launching new features and services in recent months. Most recently, AWS rolled out its CloudSearch service, the new AWS Marketplace, and a partner network program. Jeff Barr, an AWS "evangelist," announced the new conference on the AWS blog and stated that AWS re: Invent would not be a "stuffy vendor conference." From the blog post:
I want to emphasize that this is not going to be one of those stuffy vendor conferences. I don’t want to give away any secrets but you can rest assured that this is something you don’t want to miss.
We are planning to keep you well informed, well fed, entertained, and fully engaged for the duration of the conference. There will be a wealth of opportunities for you to learn more about AWS, forge some connections with the service teams, meet others in the community and see what they are up to. You might need a vacation after this – it is Vegas after all and Vegas (and the Cloud) never sleeps.
What do you think? Are you already booking your flight to Vegas? Don't think you need any AWS pointers? Couldn't care less about Amazon's cloud services? Leave a comment below and let us know.