AWS re:Invent 2015 Day 2

Steps: 11,520 or approximately 5.6 miles. Less than yesterday, but not bad.

I attended several sessions today. These notes are mostly to help me put in a pin in things I need to think more about.

The keynote address was a whirlwind of new services from AWS combined with testimonials from big AWS users demonstrating what can be done on AWS if you put your mind to it.

“AWS Security State of the Union” provided updates on best security practices in the AWS Cloud and introduced a product from Oceda that makes handling VPN networks between a few, some, or many man VPCs a breeze. Their product can also connection on-premises datacenters, office, travellers, and even mobile users to the same VPN network as needed. VERY cool.

I met an INetU coworker for lunch and had a good chat about applying what I’m learning here to work issues.

“Architecting for HIPAA Compliance on AWS” gave me an introduction to how enterprises that handle Person Health Information can leverage appropriate technologies in AWS combined with good procedures and processes to attain HIPAA compliance. A real firehose of information.

“Learn how Organizations are using Containers, Red Hat, and AWS to Achieve Extreme IT Agility and Combat Network Exploits”. This talk was given by one person from Red Hat and two former colleagues from Duke University, Sean Dilda and Chris Collins. They told us how Duke used docker containers running in AWS to mitigate a DOS attack that hammered the website and disrupted Duke’s internal network. With 30 minutes work, Chris was able to build a docker image of the main duke website, upload it to AWS and get it running. A DNS change sent all the DOS traffic to AWS and mitigated the damage to Duke’s internal network. Duke’s main website for external users remains on AWS. They also talked about the trials and tribulations of learning about docker, determining how to migrate existing apps, and build out an infrastructure to support docker.

I had a great dinner with Sean after his presentation, then went back to my hotel room to log in and fix something at work. Once that was done, I headed back to the Venetian for another winning poker session. A very nice capstone for an event filled day.

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