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AWS re:Invent 2015 Day Four

Steps: 4,111.  Way down, but expected since I was traveling home from the conference.

Got up, packed, checked out, went back to Hands-On Labs and completed three more steps towards the Solutions Architect – Associate badge. ūüôā ¬†Went back to my hotel, retrieved my luggage, cabbed to airport, checked in and got lunch.

A quick aside about the previous night. ¬†Before playing poker, I stopped at Chapel Hats¬†and bought a nice new hat! ¬†I’d seen in on Tuesday when I was wandering and couldn’t resist spending some of my poker winnings on a such a fine looking hat!

Modeling my new hat at Chapel Hats in the Venetian Grand Canal shops.
Modeling my new hat at Chapel Hats in the Venetian Grand Canal shops.

As I walked up to my gate, I saw another guy wearing my hat! ¬†I approached him, tapped his shoulder, and said, “Nice hat!” ¬†He turned, did a double-take, and laughed. ¬†He and his wife were recreating in Vegas and heading back home on my flight. ¬†Serendipity.

The flight home went OK. Landed, got my luggage, waited almost 20 minutes for a parking lot bus, then drove home and crashed. ¬†It’s good to be home again and I have a lot of information to share with my coworkers and management at INetU. ¬†Going to be a very interesting next few weeks at work.

AWS re:Invent 2015 Day Three

Steps: 17,018!  (~ 8.3 miles!) New high count.  Mostly due to repeated trips between Treasure Island and the Venetian.

The keynote address focused on IoT, the Internet of Things, and how AWS is building services to enable developers to write applications, data sources, and data sinks for IoT-connected devices.  Several ra-ra stories from big names like BMW and John Deere.

I got iced out of the first session I wanted to attend, “Monitoring Strategies: Finding Signal in the Noise”. ¬†By the time I got to the room it was full and the ushers were turning away a stready stream of people. ¬† Instead, I contacted the other two tech guys from INetU and we had lunch and a good discussion on applying our new-found AWS knowledge in the company.

Next session I wanted was “Zero Infrastructure, Real-Time Data Collection, and Analytics”. ¬†I got iced out here as well, so I went to the Hands-On Lab and started working through QwikLab tutorials on using AWS resources. ¬† Developing my AWS skillset seems like a sure-fire win going foward, and I finished several labs.

I did make it into “Cloud First: New Architecture for New Infrastructure”, given by two developers from Monsanto. ¬†They discussed the daunting task of help developing at Monsanto, spread all over the world, migrate from legacy platforms to a cloud-based, microservice-based application paradigm using AWS. ¬†They’ve written several useful tools available on Github¬†for building out AWS infrastructure in ways that prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot and assisting developers in building microservices. ¬†Very cool stuff. ¬†At least a couple of these tools will be directly useful to INetU and our customers.

I skipped the next session and headed back to the Hands-On Lab for more tutorials.  I completed one badge and started working on the Solutions Architect РAssociate quest, a series of labs to familiarize myself with the AWS services covered in that AWS Certification exam.

I finished off the evening with another dinner with everyone from INetU at the Wynn buffet (crab legs!!!!) and another poker session, where I busted with AK < A9 after villian made two pair to my one pair.  Oh well. Still finished with a positive bump to my poker roll.

AWS re:Invent Day One 10/6

Steps: ¬†15,704 or about 7.68 miles assuming an average stride length of 31 inches. ¬†That’s far longer than I’ve walked in a long time! ¬†My feet are sore but I never got winded. ¬†Go me.

I didn’t sign up for any bootcamps or labs, so I had the day free until the Expo reception at 5PM. ¬†I relaxed, played some poker (won!) and then headed into the reception. ¬†WHAT A ZOO!!!!! ¬†I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a packed crowd before. I wandered around, talked to some vendors, then left. ¬†The crowds got to me a bit and I need some air. ¬†Had a great dinner with the rest of the INetU crowd at the conference and came back to my room.

I’ve got several sessions targeted tomorrow and hope to gain information about Elasticsearch on AWS.