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AWS TechChat Shane Baldacchino

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

    Episode 82 - Getting Started With Containers

    Episode 82 - Getting Started With Containers

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, we started at the top with what containers are and what the many terms we hear mean.
    We asked the question why? Why is the industry adopting containers and why use them and how you can gert started in this container game by either using you using your local machine, single board computer or an Amazon technology. From images, through to docker files this episode will help get you started on your container journe.
    From there we dove into orchestration, containers vs server-less, and then container tools and running your container in AWS.

    We just scratched the surface on the tooling we covered and suggest our listeners take a read through some of the links below:

    AWS glossary - AWS General Reference (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/glos-chap.html)
    Glossary | Docker Documentation (https://docs.docker.com/glossary/)
    Container Orchestration
    Amazon ECS vs Amazon EKS: making sense of AWS container services | Con... (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/containers/amazon-ecs-vs-amazon-eks-making-sense-of-aws-container-services/)
    Lambda Containers:
    New for AWS Lambda – Container Image Support | AWS News Blog (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-for-aws-lambda-container-image-support/)
    Developing an application based on multiple microservices using AWS Co... (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/containers/developing-an-application-based-on-multiple-microservices-using-the-aws-copilot-and-aws-fargate/)
    AWS Copilot is now generally available | Containers (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/containers/aws-copilot-is-now-generally-available/)
    Amazon ECS developer tools overview - Amazon Elastic Container Service (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/ecs-developer-tools.html#developer-tools-dockercli)
    Tutorial: Creating a Cluster with an EC2 Task Using the Amazon ECS CLI... (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/ecs-cli-tutorial-ec2.html)
    The eksctl command line utility - Amazon EKS (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/eksctl.html)
    A Docker Tutorial for Beginners (https://docker-curriculum.com/)

    Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS

    • 42 min
    Episode 81 - re:Invent 2020 - AI/ML Special

    Episode 81 - re:Invent 2020 - AI/ML Special

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, we close out our four parts of AWS re:Invent 2020 series with an AI/ML special. We cover Amazon Sagemaker, Amazon Kendra, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Amazon QuickSight, and some brand new services.

    We talk about AWS HealthLake and how it makes sense of health data. AWS customers can use Kendra’s Google Drive connector to ingest and manage content from Google Docs and Google Slides.

    We introduce AWS Panorama which will help improve your operations with computer vision at the edge. We continue with a raft of new Amazon SageMaker updates:
    • Amazon SageMaker Feature Store - A fully managed repository for machine learning features
    • Amazon SageMaker Clarify - Bias Detection and Explainability
    • Amazon SageMaker Debugger - Optimize ML models with real-time monitoring of training metrics and system resources
    • Amazon SageMaker Model Monitor - Detect drift in model quality, model bias, and feature importance
    • Amazon SageMaker Pipelines - First purpose-built CI/CD service for machine learning
    • Amazon SageMaker Jumpstart - Simplifies Access to Pre-built Models and Machine Learning Solutions

    Before wrapping out, we share two more AI/ML updates - Amazon EMR Studio is the integrated development environment (IDE) for applications written in R, Python, Scala, PySpark, and Jupyter notebooks now gives you the option to deploy on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Amazon QuickSight allows you to ask Natural Language Query (NLQ) about your data and get answers in seconds.

    Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS
    Pallavi Nargund - Solutions Architect, AWS

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 80 - re:Invent 2020 - Customer Engagement, Gaming, IOT, Marketplace, and More!

    Episode 80 - re:Invent 2020 - Customer Engagement, Gaming, IOT, Marketplace, and More!

    In this episode of TechChat we continue our four part re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering Customer Engagement, Gaming, IOT and Industry, Marketplace, Misc.., and closed out with Partner Updates.

    For Customer Engagement, we talked about:

    * Contact Lens now supports real-time contact center analytics to detect customer issues on live calls
    * Combine this with Connect Wisdom to pull up call relevant info to the agent in real-time. I love the warranty/support example you gave here ear
    * Voice ID provides real-time caller authentication with no changes to the natural call flow and fall back to traditional authentication methods.
    * Customer Profiles give you a unified view of your customers
    * Connect Tasks makes it easy to prioritize, assign, track, and automate contact center agent tasks
    * And if you're in or have call centers Latin America, 10 new price drops for telephony rates and new inbound numbers were announced at ReInvent.

    For you gamers or game developers out there:

    * GameLifts FlexMatch now works regardless of where developers host their game. So maybe we’ll see more cross-platform multi-player games match players across their game vs just that

    In IOT and Industrial topics we covered:

    * The new Lookout family of services. First one’s for
    * Equipment for detecting abnormal equipment behavior and encouragin predictive maintenance
    * Lookout for Vision will ingest images from the product line to he automate quality inspection
    * And finally Lookout for Metrics, will help you apply similar anomaly detection to any of your business data and respective metrics.
    * If your machinery doesn’t have sensors, then you can leverage Monitron, an end-to-end system you can buy at amazon.com (http://amazon.com/) to detect abnormal equipment behavior.
    * And finally Table charts added to IoT SiteWise help tabulate and visualize the latest key operational metrics like equipment properties and other machine data

    For Marketplace updates we had:

    * You can now purchase Professional Services for third-party software from the Marketplace
    * If you’re using the Private Marketplace, you now have API access to automate and scale out your operations and access.

    And some general updates we’re going to group together:

    * IGMP is now supported in Transit Gateway to easily deploy, manage and scale multicast applications
    * Audit Manager helps prep for audits automating collection of data on AWS resources.
    * Glue Elastic Views is in Preview for creating materialized views of your data.
    * And Elasticsearch Service now supports Glue Elastic Views
    * License Manager enhances automated discovery with tag-based search and detection of software uninstalls
    * And also provides central management for Entitlements purchased from the Marketplace
    * And finally, Service Catalog AppRegistry can be used to define and describe your applications running in AWS

    Partner updates:

    * Foundational Technical Review Lens now available in the AWS Well-Architected Tool along with SaaS Lens
    * SaaS Factory Insights Hub helps providers gain insights with various types of content
    * While SaaS Boost will help partners accelerate their solutions into a SaaS offering.
    * Introducing the New AWS Travel and Hospitality Competency as well as the
    * APN Travel & Hospitality Navigate track for partner in those verticals or looking to enter.
    * And Finally AWS Public Safely and Disaster Response Technology Partners are goto partners to help our customers around the world improve organizational capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters.

    • 48 min
    Episode 79 - re:Invent 2020 - App Dev, Containers & Database Wrap

    Episode 79 - re:Invent 2020 - App Dev, Containers & Database Wrap

    In this episode of AWS TechChat, we continue with part 2 of our 4 parts of AWS re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering Application Development, Containers, and Database announcements.

    For our developer community, we talk about:
    • Using Amazon CodeGuru’s new Security Detectors to help you find and remediate security issues in your code.
    • Python support for Amazon CodeGuru (in preview).
    • We share another new service, Amazon DevOps Guru (in preview) for measuring and improving an application’s operational performance.
    • Amazon Lambda now supports up to 10 GB of memory and 6 vCPU cores and a billing granularity reduction down to 1ms.
    • Amazon API Gateway now supports integration with Step Functions StartSyncExecution for HTTP APIs.
    • Amazon AppFlow now provides Amazon Connect Customer Profiles connectivity to several cloud applications.
    • Amazon AppFlow can provide similar app integrations with those 3rd party apps to HoneyCode.
    • For those AWS Amplify users, deploy AWS Fargate containers through the Amplify Command Line Interface (CLI) and you get a new AdminUI to boot that deploys all the underlying bits for you.
    • AWS Proton to bridge the gap between platform and development teams.

    In containers, we kick it off with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS):
    • First, cluster add-ons are managed through the Amazon EKS console, CLI, or API.
    • Run Amazon EKS on-premises with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Distribution.
    • Amazon EKS on AWS Fargate now has built-in logging with Fluent Bit under the hood.
    • You can now see all your Kubernetes resources in the Amazon EKS console without needing extra tools.
    • Public registries for your container images with Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) public and the Amazon ECR public gallery.
    • Use your existing containers as an AWS Lambda package format.
    • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Deployment Circuit Breaker is in preview to stop deployments from getting worse and auto-rollback.

    In database, we cover the following announcements:
    • Babelfish, not a mythological creature, but a translation layer between Amazon Aurora PostgresSQL and Microsoft SQL.
    • V2 of Amazon Aurora Serverless has arrived, considerably faster and scales in a fraction of a second, with scaling so fast it is perfect for those event-driven applications.
    • AWS Data Exchange adds revision access rules for governing access.
    • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Service Delivery Partners for when you want someone to build, deploy, and manage your Amazon RDS deployments.
    • Amazon RDS Cross-Region backups come to Amazon RDS for Oracle
    • Share data across Amazon Redshift clusters with data sharing in preview and pull data from partners directly via the Amazon RedShift Console.
    • Amazon RedShift Federated query comes to Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon Aurora MySQL.
    • Amazon Redshift Automatic Table Optimization to keep your data warehouse running in tip-top shape automatically.
    • Move Amazon RedShift clusters easily across Availability Zones.
    • JSON supports in preview for Amazon RedShift.
    • Finally, AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) comes to Amazon RedShift (in Preview) as a caching layer to speed up queries.

    Stay tuned as we cover all aspects of AWS re:invent 2020 in our coming updates.

    Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS

    AWS Events:
    AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
    AWS Innovate AI/ML Edition https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/machine-learning/
    AWS Builders Online Series On-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/
    AWS Events and Webinars - http://aws.amazon.com/events/

    • 52 min
    Episode 78 - re:Invent 2020 - Compute, Storage, Security & Network Wrap

    Episode 78 - re:Invent 2020 - Compute, Storage, Security & Network Wrap

    In this episode of TechChat we start our 4 part re:Invent 2020 series with this episode covering all ‘Security’, ‘Network’, ‘Compute’ and ‘Storage’ announcements.

    We started reviewing security announcements

    * AWS Security Hub (https://aws.amazon.com/security-hub/) can now automatically receive findings from the Kube-bench (https://github.com/aquasecurity/kube-bench).
    * AWS Audit Manager is a new service that helps you continuously audit your AWS usage and automates evidence collection to make it easier for you to assess whether your policies, procedures, and activities are operating effectively.
    * CloudTrail provides more granular control of data event logging through advanced event selectors

    Before pivoting to Network updates

    * AWS Transit Gateway Inter-region Peering is Now Available in additional regions which provides you more choice in how you architect your network and software stack.
    * AWS Transit Gateway Connect brings SD-WAN connectivity to your VPC
    * AWS Global Accelerator launches custom routing allowing you to route multiple users to a specific EC2 destination in a single or multiple AWS Regions by directing them to a unique port on your accelerator
    * VPC Reachability Analyzer is here to simplify connectivity testing and troubleshooting, a great win for customers

    Compute brings a raft of new instance and instance types

    * EC2 Mac instances for macOS
    * New instance types (M5zn high frequency and 100Gbps | D3 and D3en, the next generation of dense HDD storage instances | R5b instances featuring 60 Gbps of EBS Bandwidth and 260K IOPS | G4ad instances, powered by AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs)
    * Local Zones in Boston, Houston, and Miami
    * AWS Managed Services supports AWS Outposts
    * Amazon Machine Images now support tag-on-create and tag-based access control

    And finally to round out the show we discussed storage

    * New EBS general purpose volumes, gp3
    * EBS io2 volumes now support SAP workloads
    * Tiered pricing for input/output operations per second (IOPS) charges for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) io2 volume, reducing the cost of provisioning peak IOPS by 15%
    * quadruples per-volume maximum capacity and performance on io2 volume
    * S3 Replication adds support for two-way replication
    * S3 Bucket Keys reduce the costs of Server-Side Encryption with AWS Key Management Service
    * S3 now delivers strong read-after-write consistency automatically for all applications
    * S3 Replication adds support for multiple destinations in the same, or different AWS Regions

    Stay tuned as we cover all aspects of re:invent 2020 in our coming multi-part re:Invent update

    Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS
    Shai Perednik - Solutions Architect, AWS

    • 51 min
    Episode 77 - Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Configuration Management Special

    Episode 77 - Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Configuration Management Special

    In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, we are joined by Darko Meshzaros as he helps to navigate all things Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Configuration Management.

    IaC is such an important concept for advancing your IT maturity. In this episode we take a journey around IaC and Configuration Management and talk about some of the core concepts and hopefully demystify many of these topics for you.

    We answer the questions on why we use IaC, discuss about elasticity with IaC and share with you the differences between IaC vs. Configuration Management.

    Before closing out, we talk through some relevant AWS services such as AWS CloudFormation, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), Cloud Development Kit for Terraform (cdktf), Cloud Development Kit for Kubernetes (cdk8s) and the AWS OpsWorks family.

    Shane Baldacchino - Edge Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS
    Darko Meszaros - Senior Developer Advocate, AWS

    • 54 min

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Hax4Bux ,

Fair source of news; painful to listen to

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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